Autumn 2003
PNWMAA Newsletter

PNWMAA Meeting in Alaska
Project NExT
Section News Briefs
New Faces
MAA PMET Workshops
Section Officers



PNW Project NExT

sponsored by 
The Mathematical Association of America
with support from the 
ExxonMobil Foundation

Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) is a professional development program for new college-level faculty interested in "improving the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics." The national program was instituted in 1994 and provides workshops and an electronic network for its members. (More information on the national program can be found on the Project NExT web page or in the article that appeared in the February, 1999 AMS Notices.) The PNW Project NExT is an extension of the national program to the sectional level. PNW NExT Fellows meet once a year to discuss topics related to teaching as well as other issues of importance to beginning faculty. During the year, PNW NExT members also communicate via an electronic discussion group. In addition, there may be opportunities for section fellows to participate in the national program.

For more information on the PNW Section NExT, including an application form, visit and for general information on Section NExTs see

Eligibility: The PNW NExT program is designed for new mathematics faculty who have an interest in teaching. Applicants meeting the following criteria are encouraged to apply:

  • possess an interest in teaching mathematics,
  • have a Masters or Doctoral degree in a mathematical science,
  • hold a position at a post-secondary institution and be a non-tenured full-time faculty member,

  • have either obtained a terminal degree within the last four years or are in the first four years of full-time college teaching,

  • are available to attend the PNW NExT meetings for the next two years. (June 24-26, 2004 at the University of Alaska, Anchorage and April, 2005 at the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA)

  • Program: Workshops for PNW NExT Fellows will be scheduled in conjunction with the MAA sectional meeting. During the year PNW Fellows and Consultants will be linked together by an electronic network on which discussions can continue. Fellows are expected to participate in the PNW NExT meeting the following year and to interact with the new group of Fellows.

    Support: Funding for lodging and registration for the first meeting will be provided. Institutions employing Fellows are expected to provide financial assistance for all other expenses associated with the two meetings. The level of this support should be addressed in the chair's letter.

    Application Procedures: Applications should include the application form, brief teaching and scholarly activity statements, a vita, and a letter of support from one's chair (or other supervisor). The deadline for applications is April 19, 2004. Send two copies of the application packet to the address below.

    Questions: Please contact Jenny McNulty via e-mail ( or postal mail 

    Jenny McNulty
    Department of Mathematical Sciences
    The University of Montana
    Missoula, MT 59812

    For more information on PNW NExT, visit


    Copyright 2003
    Pacific Northwest Section, Mathematical Association of America.
    Send questions or comments to Brian Gill, Newsletter Editor, or call (206) 281-2954.