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In 1994, the Mathematical Association of America started Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching).  This program is a professional development program for new or recent Ph.D.s in the mathematical sciences. It addresses all aspects of an academic career: improving the teaching and learning of mathematics, engaging in research and scholarship, and participating in professional activities. It also provides the participants with a network of peers and mentors as they assume these responsibilities.

In 1997, the Ohio Section began a "local" version of the national program, run on a smaller scale, but having the same goals.  It is designed to introduce new faculty in the mathematical sciences at colleges and universities in the Ohio Section to the broad range of roles that face a new faculty member, especially improving the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics. Moreover, it gives new faculty in the Ohio Section the opportunity to develop strong local relationships with others who are confronting similar issues.  Because of its smaller scale, a wider range of individuals are eligible to participate than at the national level.  It is open to all full-time (untenured) mathematics faculty members who are in their first five years of college teaching in the Ohio Section, including people with Masters degrees.  Some funding is available for new participants of Ohio NExT if their institution cannot pay for the Thursday night hotel room.

Ohio NExT fellows meet immediately before each Section meeting. A luncheon is held on Friday, followed by a discussion focused on a topic related to being a mathematics professor. On Saturday afternoon, following the Section meeting, workshops are presented exploring issues of special relevance to new faculty.  Fellows are also encouraged to participate in the Ohio Section meeting.  Here are the schedules and abstracts from some recent meetings:

Ohio Project NExT is coordinated by
Katie Cerrone, University of Akron (kc24@uakron.edu)
John Tynan from Marietta College (tynanj@marietta.edu)
Chris Swanson, Ashland University (cswanson@ashland.edu)

For additional information about Ohio NExT or if you would like to become an Ohio NExT Fellow, please contact:

Dr. Christopher N. Swanson
Professor of Mathematics
Director, Academic Honors Program
Ashland University
Ashland, OH 44805
cswanson@ashland.edu
http://personal.ashland.edu/~cswanson/



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