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.

Nominate a colleague for the Section Teaching Award

Nomination Form

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

Preliminary Nominations for the 2023 award will be due in November 2022.

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.

Gail Tang wins the Section's 2022 Teaching Award

Gail Tang

Dr. Gail Tang of University of La Verne is the winner of the 2022 Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics and a nominee for the national MAA's 2022 Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.

The MAA Southern California-Nevada Section recognizes her as a skilled and effective educator who uses effective and inclusive pedagogies, as someone who empowers students by highlighting opportunities for creativity in mathematics and has made important contributions to the research on creativity, as an accomplished mentor, as someone committed to sharing access to mathematics and her love for it beyond the walls of classrooms, and as someone doing the work of re-envisioning mathematics as a more inclusive human endeavor. We are honored to present her with the Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.

More information can be found about Dr. Gail Tang on her University of La Verne page. You can also learn more about her work with the Creativeity Research Group.

Call for Nominations for the 2022 MAA Section Teaching Award

Brian P Katz (BK), Section Vice Chair

Preliminary nominations for the 31st annual MAA Southern California-Nevada Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics are now being accepted. The deadline for submissions is Monday, November 22, 2021.

Successful nominees are individuals who are widely recognized for their extraordinarily successful teaching effectiveness and for teaching that has had influence beyond their own institutions. To be eligible, nominees must be current MAA members who 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. Because the Section Award winner will be forwarded for consideration for the national Haimo award, successful nominees will have an extended record of teaching success. (For greater detail on eligibility requirements, please go to: http://www.maa.org/Awards/Haimo_EGN.pdf.) To honor more junior faculty, please consider nominating them for the MAA Alder Award.

If you have an eligible and qualified colleague in your department, we urge you to nominate them so that they may be considered for the award.  The initial nomination consists of a one-page form (available at http://sections.maa.org/socalnv/PrelimNominationTeachingAward.pdf), together with a one- to two-page description of the candidate’s qualities and teaching successes.

From the preliminary nominees, the selection committee (SoCal-NV Section Vice Chair, Chair, Past Chair, and Secretary) will choose two to three semi-finalists. Nominators will then be asked to complete a full nomination packet for the semi-finalists. The full packet will be required only for semi-finalists and will be due by early January of 2022. (Full nomination requirements may be found at http://www.maa.org/Awards/Haimo_NF.pdf.)

Upon receipt of the full nomination, semi-finalists will automatically become finalists. Each finalist will receive an official letter of commendation from the Chair of the Section, which will be copied to the candidate’s department chair and dean (or parallel campus leadership). The selection committee will choose the winner from the pool of finalists. Finalists who are not selected will automatically have their full applications considered the following year for the Section award, but nominators are welcome to renominate these candidates.

The recipient of the award will be recognized and given the opportunity to give a talk at a future meeting of the MAA Southern California-Nevada Section. The awardee will also be the official Section nominee for the MAA Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.

The Preliminary Nomination deadline is Monday, November 22nd, 2021.

Submit initial nominations and direct questions to: Contact Brian Katz at bpkatzteach@gmail.com

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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