2011 Ohio Section Award for
Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics

David Meel
Bowling Green State University


The recipient of the 2011 Ohio Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics is Dr. David Meel from Bowling Green State University. The award was presented to David during the Spring Section Meeting on March 25, 2011. After completing his Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh in 1995, David served as a post-doc at the Center for Innovation in Learning, Research, and Development at Carnegie Mellon University. In 1996, he moved to Bowling Green State University where he is currently a newly promoted Professor of Mathematics Education. David has twice received the Kappa Mu Epsilon Excellence in Teaching Mathematics Award at BGSU. David is an active member of the MAA‘s Ohio Section where he has served on CONTEAL and recently as local arrangements chair for the Spring 2009 Annual Meeting. In addition to his work with the MAA (including various officer positions in the Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education SIGMAA), he also serves the profession through his involvement with NCTM, OCTM, Greater Toledo Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Association for Research in Undergraduate Mathematics, and the Psychology of Mathematics Education-North America. The award nomination for David noted the "incredible amounts of time (he spends) with students."  A colleague of his commented that "His office always seems to have students in it (with) others often waiting outside." A former student of David‘s wrote the following in support of the David‘s nomination: "He was an amazing professor. He helped me in more than just understanding the history of math or how to approach teaching students. He also helped me to find my passion for teaching math ... He helped me to see that ...with teaching math there is not always a clean cut formula." David has demonstrated his commitment to excellence in mathematics education in multiple ways. His research in mathematics pedagogy has appeared in a wide variety of venues, including PRIMUS, Loci, and Mathematics Teacher. One of his papers which appeared in the AMS‘s Research in Collegiate Mathematics Education has been translated into Spanish and is used in a number of schools throughout North America. In addition to his work with collegiate level teaching, David also works with high school mathematics teachers through his participation in his institution‘s M.A.T. program for which he has designed courses in teaching geometry and algebra. He also developed a Mathematical Problem Solving workshop and has made the materials from this available as an on-line resource for teachers. David‘s dedication to his students, colleagues, and to the profession serves as an inspiration to us all.

Submitted by Mark Miller
Marietta College
Section Teaching Award Committee
Chair, 2010-2011