1993 Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics
Jack Robertson, Washington State University

The second sectional Award for Distinguished was presented to Jack Robertson at Washington State University. The award was announced in the Spring 1993 issue of the section newsletter. Here are some excerpts:

Jack M. Robertson of Washington State University received the section’s 1993 Distinguished Teaching Award and recognizes him for sustained excellence in mathematics instruction over twenty-eight years at the college and high school levels. Robertson’s numerous contributions include the direction of NSF-funded summer institutes for secondary teachers and development of major curriculum materials for high school and college. The institutes have helped secondary teachers expand their knowledge base and earn advanced degrees. Robertson went to WSU in 1964 after completing his doctorate at the University of Utah. He has served as president of the Washington State Mathematics Council, member of the MAA Placement Exam Committee, and member of the Research Advisory Committee of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. In addition, he has been a consultant on instructional content to school districts as far away as Hawaii and Texas. Robertson’s contributions to teaching excellence are broad and deep. He has developed and used pioneering teaching techniques worldwide, including Australia and New Zealand. He has presented concepts such as “fair division” in settings ranging from first grade classrooms through sponsorship of Ph.D. dissertations. On the “Jim French Radio Talk Show” in Seattle, he talked for an hour explaining the problems underlying fair representation and apportionment. In 1982 and 1983 Robertson was chosen to present the mathematics component of an institute funded by the Council of Energy Resource Tribes for students from a number of Native American high schools across the country. His presentations of solid material to a unique audience were highly successful and stand out, in the opinion of the directors of the institute, as one of the institute’s major successes.

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