Committee Invites
Distinguished Teaching Award Nominations

This is a preliminary announcement that the Distinguished Teaching Award Committee will be seeking nominations for the tenth annual (2002) MAA Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. The committee will choose one of the nominees for the Michigan Section Award, and he or she will be honored at the Spring 2002 meeting of the Section at Lawrence Technological University. The awardee will also become the Section's candidate for the national MAA's Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award.

This year's committee, chaired by Donald Buckeye (EMU), recently selected John Fink (Kalamazoo C) to receive the 2001 award. Professor Fink has been a teacher of mathematics for 25 years, and he was cited especially for his efforts in calculus reform. Further details about his award will appear in the Fall 2001 Newsletter.

Dr. Fink joins the continuing members of the committee, Kalpana Godbole, chair, and Larry King (UM-Flint), the previous two recipients, for next year's selection process. Kalpana Godbole strongly encourages chairpersons to nominate their best candidates for this prestigious award and make a difference in someone's life; their efforts are truly appreciated.

Anyone, other than the candidate him/herself, is entitled to make a nomination. To be eligible, a candidate must be a college or university teacher teaching a mathematical science at least halftime during the academic year in a 2- or 4-year college or university, have at least five years teaching experience, and be a member of the MAA.

Nominations are due by December 31, 2001. More information will be available in the Fall Newsletter. Please start thinking now about nominating your department's best teacher. Spring awards ceremonies can serve as an excellent starting point to begin building a portfolio.

On a related note, Past Chair Dan Frohardt (WSU) reports that Doug Nance (retired from CMU) was selected to receive the Section's 2000-2001 Distinguished Service Award. Professor Nance served the Section as Secretary/Treasurer, Vice Chair, and Chair, and also received the Section's Distinguished Teaching Award. Details will appear in the Fall Newsletter.

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