Who Qualifies?

To be eligible, nominees must

  • be current MAA members,
  • teach mathematical science courses at least half-time during the academic year, and
  • have at least seven years experience teaching at the college or university level.

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Nomination Forms

This file includes a
1-page preliminary nomination form, which, together with a 2-page letter, comprises the initial nomination.

Preliminary Nominations for the 2020 award are due in November 2019. Exact date to be announced on or before the Fall meeting.

Mathematics Association of America
Southern California-Nevada Section

Teaching Awards

The Section Awards for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics honor college or university teachers who have been widely recognized as extraordinarily successful and whose teaching effectiveness has been shown to have had influence beyond their own institutions. Recipients of the section awards then become nominees for the national Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.

Lisette de Pillis Receives the Section's 2019 Teaching Award

Dr. de Pillis in the classroom

Professor Lisette de Pillis of Harvey Mudd College Pomona is the winner of the 2019 Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics and a nominee for the national MAA's 2020 Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.

Currently Department Chair at Havey Mudd College, Professor Lisette de Pillis is noted as being clearly passionate about building bridges between the mathematical, biological, and medical communities. Her work in immunology modeling and a search for new ways to treat diseases that interact with the immune system, in particular cancer, HIV, and Type I diabetes has garnered her both national and international visibility. Dr. de Pillis has been recognized by the Argonne National Laboratory with the Maria Goeppert-Mayer Distinguished (MGM) Scholar award, being only the second mathematician receive the award. She’s also been elected as a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society.

Professor de Pillis, has a rare gift of being able to communicate her deep discoveries with broader audiences, and her important interdisciplinary research regularly engages students. In her 25 years of teaching at Harvey Mudd College, she has supervised more than 70 undergraduate and graduate research students, and many post-doctoral researchers too. At HMC, she pioneered one of the leading undergraduate programs in mathematical biology. Since her arrival at HMC, the number and proportion of women studying (and teaching) mathematical sciences has grown significantly. In a time when there are still significant concerns about bringing women and other under-represented groups into scientific and mathematical fields, Dr. de Pillis serves as a role model and an inspiration.

The MAA Southern California-Nevada Section recognizes the great positive impact Dr. de Pillis has had mathematics students and is honored to present her with the Secton Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.

Alder Award

The Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Mathematics Faculty Member honors beginning college or university faculty whose teaching has been extraordinarily successful and whose effectiveness in teaching undergraduate mathematics is shown to have influence beyond their own classrooms. Read more...

Haimo Award

The Haimo Award Awards for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics honors college or university teachers who have been widely recognized as extraordinarily successful and whose teaching effectiveness has been shown to have had influence beyond their own institutions. Read more...

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