NES/MAA Spring 2010 Meeting

Northeast Section of the Mathematical
Association of America

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Project NExT

The Northeastern section will be holding a Section NExT program for new and relatively new colleagues at this year's spring section meeting. By providing talks and workshops on issues of interest, opportunities to meet and share ideas with other new colleagues, and an introduction into Section activities, we hope to assist new faculty in their transition from graduate school to professional academic life. We welcome all untenured full-time faculty, both those who have and have not been National NExT fellows.

On Friday, June 11, 2010, Tommy Ratliff, Professor of Mathematics at Wheaton College, will speaking on How NOT to be the center of attention.

12:00 - 1:00 P.M. Lunch

1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M. Tommy Ratliff -- How NOT to be the center of attention  

Abstract: One of the main goals in all of my classes is that I want my students to become independent learners of mathematics; I do not want them to view me as their sole source of mathematical content for the course.  In this talk, I will discuss some of the strategies that I have used to try to meet this goal, including reading assignments, group writing projects, and the structure of the class meetings.  There will be plenty of time for participants to share their own experiences and to discuss how any of these approaches may applicable to their own classes.

Bio of presenter: Tommy Ratliff is a Professor of Mathematics at Wheaton College, where he has been since 1996. His graduate work at Northwestern University was in algebraic topology, but his research has been in voting theory for the past decade.  He is a former chair of the Northeastern Section and is co-author of the MAA publication Crushed Clowns, Cars, and Coffee to Go . . . Writing Projects for Mathematics Courses.

3:00 P.M. Section Meeting Begins

Lunch will be provided for the Section NExT program by the Section, and the meeting registration fee will be waived for all Section NExT participants. To register for the Section NExT program, you should contact Karen Stanish, and you should fill out the preregistration from for the meeting and check off that you will be attending the Section NExT program. Section NExT Coordinator:

Department of Mathematics
Keene State College
(603) 358-2587

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Mathematical Association of America Spring NES Meeting - June 11-12, 2010 - Salve Regina University, Newport, RI.