Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The End of an Era

After 36.5 years of service to Shippensburg's Mathematics Department, Pam McLaughlin has retired. Thank you, Pam, for all that you did for all of the faculty and students at Ship for the past three-plus decades! We wish you all the best in retirement!

Pennsylvania College of Teachers of Mathematics (PCTM)

The following Mathematics Education faculty and students attended the the PCTM annual meeting held in Lancaster, PA in August.

  • Dr. Tom Evitts presented the workshop "Problems that Promote Collaborative Persistence".
  • Dr. Dave Kennedy presented the workshop "Rich Tasks:  A Key to the Common Core".
  • Seniors Emily Owens and Matt Christmas attended the conference's Preservice Teacher Day.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Alumni Receive Teaching Positions

Congratulations to the following alumni on their new mathematics teaching positions! 
  • Andrew Campbell (‘15) Red Land HS, Lewisberry PA
  •  Mary (Long) Finnemeyer (‘15) Richmond County HS, NC
  • Logan Kauffman (‘15): Crestwood Middle School in Chesapeake, VA
  • Sean Sallee (’14) Daniel Morgan MS, Wincester VA
  • Lindsey Schadler (‘15) Eagle Ridge Middle School in Ashburn, VA
  • Nathan Kester (’14) Tamaqua HS, math support teacher, Tamaqua PA
  • Christine Rice (’13): South Hagerstown High School, Hagerstown MD
  • Smantha Smeltzer (‘15): Mace's Lane Middle School in Cambridge, MD

Math Circle Mentorship and Partnership (MC-MAP)

Dr. Lance Bryant and Dr. Sarah Bryant were accepted into the Math Circle Mentorship and Partnership program (MC-MAP) sponsored by the National Association of Math Circles. They will be working with other math circle leaders to plan, implement, and sustain math circle programs. They will also receive funding for the Shippensburg Area Math Circle (SAMC), which Lance and Sarah started in 2014 for 4th and 5th grade students.

Academic Innovation Grants Awarded

This summer, two groups of faculty worked on developing a new data science concentration and on redesigning curriculum for our algebra through calculus sequence.  The following projects were approved and funded through the Provost's office:

  • Dr. Lance Bryant, Dr. Doug Ensley, and Dr. Kate McGivney received a New Academic Program Development Grant for their proposal Data science minor and mathematics with statistics concentration.  
  • Dr. Ben Galluzzo, Dr. James Hamblin, Dr. Luis Melar, Dr. Kim Presser, Dr. Marc Renault received an Academic Innovation Award for their proposal, Supporting student success in the algebra-calculus sequence.

Dr. Kim Presser Receives the TIPS Award

Shippensburg University's Center for Faculty Excellence in Scholarship and Teaching (CFEST), selected Dr. Kim Presser as a recipient of the 2014-2015 Teaching Innovation and Pedagogy Spotlight (TIPS) award for her work in MAT211 - Calculus I.  The award recognizes her work with the section of MAT211 reserved for math majors.  Of particular note were her writing assignments, participation activities, use of technology, and general mentorship for that group.  She was recognized by the Provost at the August General Faculty meeting where she received a certificate and a $500 professional development travel grant. Kudos, Kim!

Professional Development Workshop for Teachers

Teachers from the Greencastle-Antrim Middle School participated in a professional development workshop facilitated by Dr. Debbie Gochenaur on Friday, August 7, 2015 - Using Concrete Materials and Rich Tasks to Implement the PA CCSS: Algebraic Concepts, Functions, Function Building and Graphing. The workshop focused on integrating concrete materials into algebra lessons in order to help students develop a firm conceptual foundation of basic algebra concepts; by scaffolding on prior knowledge and the use of manipulatives, activities allow students to wrestle with rich tasks that require deeper thought and application through modeling.