The College of Science celebrated its 2018 Winter Teaching and Advising Awards with faculty, advisors and students on February 22 to recognize exceptional teaching and advising, both areas of distinction in the College. Committed and effective teaching, advising and mentorship are at the very heart of the College of Science's identity as a robust and thriving community of students and scholars.
The awards ceremony included a highly engaging and special presentation by Team Math, a group of mathematics faculty who came together for four months to redesign the curricula of introductory math courses and effectively to transform college algebra. Since last spring, they have seen impressive results with solid improvements in student retention, performance and engagement. The project received funding from a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant through the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. Watch this video to learn about the process and experience of redesigning Math 111 (college algebra).
At the awards ceremony, mathematics faculty Sara Clark, Lyn Riverstone, Dan Rockwell, and Katy Williams shared their experiences redesigning introductory math courses, particularly college algebra, with new technology, active learning approaches and student performance measures to improve student success.
Dean Roy Haggerty delivered opening welcome remarks and Associate Dean Matt Andrews served as an exuberant emcee for the event. Selected science students offered glowing tributes and presented the awards to the winners. Congratulations to these highly talented teachers and advisers for their dedication and tireless efforts to ensure student learning and success within and beyond the classroom.