Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) is the
MAA's professional development program for new and recent Ph.D.s
in the mathematical sciences. Each year, about sixty new faculty
are selected as Project NExT Fellows; application materials for
2005 and 2006 are available at the Project NExT booth in the exhibit
area. In addition, Project NExT has organized several sessions
to which it invites all meeting participants.
The following sessions were organized by the 1994
to 2001 Project NExT Fellows to address issues of concern
to faculty who have four to ten years of teaching experience.
Firefighting, Paper Trailing, and Cat Herding:
Everything You Need to Know to Be an Administrator but Were Afraid
to Ask, Thursday, 2:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., organized by
Linda Braddy, East Central University, and Rebekah Dupont,
Augsburg College. This session focuses on issues of interest to
faculty at all points of their careers who are interested in serving
in administrative positions. It seeks to answer questions such
as: Is it possible to be department chair and still have time
for research? How does one respond to student grievances? What
are some tips for dealing with conflicts among faculty? What best
supports a colleague going up for tenure or promotion? What are
some strategies a department chair can use to deal with the difficulties
of being "caught in the middle" between the dean (and higher administration)
and the faculty members in his/her department? What communication
skills, political savvy, and management skills are beneficial,
and how can one acquire them? We will discuss the associated challenges
and rewards and provide encouragement and resources for faculty
taking on these administrative roles. Panelists include Charlotte
J. Chell, Carthage College; Amy Cohen, Rutgers University;
Susan C. Geller, Texas A&M University; Dennis M.
Luciano, Western New England College; Mickey McDonald,
Occidental College; and Jack Narayan, SUNY Oswego.
The Mathematics Profession in 2016: Where Are
We Going?, Friday, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., organized by
John F. Bukowski, Juniata College; Dale R. Buske,
St. Cloud State University; and Kenneth L. Price, University
of Wisconsin Oshkosh. This session is intended to help relatively
new faculty members prepare for their post-tenure careers by identifying
some of the biggest upcoming changes and opportunities to the
mathematics teaching profession. This may include topics currently
receiving a lot of attention: assessment, course management systems
and/or online courses, curriculum (college and high school), interdisciplinary
programs, quantitative literacy courses, and use of temporary
faculty. Panelists include David M. Bressoud, Macalester
College; Michael Starbird, University of Texas at Austin;
Tina H. Straley, Mathematical Association of America; and
Paul Zorn, St. Olaf College.
Making the Most of your Sabbatical, Saturday,9:30
a.m. to 11:00 a.m., organized by Blair F. Madore, SUNY
at Potsdam, and Pamela B. Pierce, College of Wooster. A
good sabbatical involves careful planning, a productive period
of work, and an appropriate follow up. Our panelists will share
their diverse experiences with sabbaticals and answer your questions.
Panelists include Jennifer R. Galovich, St. John's University;
Charles R. Hampton, College of Wooster; Judy A. Holdener,
Kenyon College; William A. Marion, Valparaiso University;
and Thomas Q. Sibley, St. John's University.
See also these sessions/events cosponsored by Project
NExT under "MAA Other Sessions"
or "Social Events".
*Getting Started in Mathematical Biology,
Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.,
*Young Mathematicians' Network/Project NExT Poster
Session, Friday, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.,
*Reception, Saturday, 8:30 p.m. to 10:30