1994 Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics
Millie Johnson, Western Washington University

At the 1994 Eugene meeting, the third sectional Distinguished Teaching Award was presented to Millie Johnson of Western Washington University. A full report appears in the Fall 1994 issue of the section newsletter. Here are comments from one student.

Everyone encounters a few precious experiences in their lifetime that permanently shift the course of their lives. I experienced one such shift in Millie Johnson’s calculus class. … What brought on this change in perspective? The answer lies not in the specific material that we covered in class, but in this remarkable woman whose innovative teaching methods demanded that we not only skim the surface of the subject, learning the rules and formulas, but that we dive into the material, investigating the “what’s” and the “why’s” and, perhaps most importantly, learning the joys of mathematical investigation itself.

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