Project NExT Sessions

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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 2009 - 2010 are available at the Project NExT booth in the exhibit area.

Project NExT has organized several sessions to which it invites all meeting participants. The following sessions were organized by the "middle dots" Project NExT Fellows to address the concerns of faculty who have four to ten years of teaching experience.

The Art of Test-Making and Alternative Assessments, Monday, 2:00 p.m to 3:15 p.m., organized by Suzanne Caulk, Regis University; Gertrud L. Kraut, Southern Virginia University; Laurie Lenz, Marymount University; and Beth Schaubroeck, United States Air Force Academy. The panelists will discuss test design including how to address different learning styles and how to make tests a learning experience. They will discuss examples of good tests and of tests that could be improved. The panelists will also explore alternative forms of assessment. Audience participation will be encouraged and all are invited to bring their own samples of tests to share. This session was organized by the 1994 - 2004 Project NExT Fellows to address issues of concern to faculty who have four to ten years of teaching experience. Panelists include David M. Bressoud, Macalester College; Richard J. Cleary, Bentley College; Gary Hagerty, Black Hills State University; and Barbara E. Reynolds, SDS, Cardinal Stritch University. All Meetings participants are invited to attend.


Establishing Your Identity as a Post-Tenure Professor, Tuesday, 1:00 p.m to 2:15 p.m., organized by Linda Braddy, East Central University; Sharon M. Frechette, College of the Holy Cross, and Jennifer McLoud-Mann, University of Texas at Tyler. The panelists will discuss the academic endeavors in which they have been engaged since receiving tenure. Topics will include administrative duties, undergraduate research, educational outreach, grant-funded projects (conferences, workshops, REUs), writing and publishing, and more. The panelists' remarks will be followed by questions from the audience. This session was organized by the 1994-2004 Project NExT Fellows to address issues of concern to faculty who have four to ten years of teaching experience. The panelists are Colin L. Adams, Williams College; Jaimie Hebert, Sam Houston State University; Catherine A. Roberts, College of the Holy Cross; Charlotte K. Simmons, University of Central Oklahoma; and Judy L. Walker, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Designing and Teaching a Geometry Course for Preservice Secondary Mathematics Teachers, Thursday, 9:30 a.m to 10:45 a.m., organized by James E. Hamblin, Shippensburg University; William O. Martin, North Dakota State University; and Todd D. Oberg, Illinois College. Preservice secondary mathematics teachers are expected to help their future students comprehend how geometry provides a way to represent and understand the world. How can undergraduate geometry courses prepare these students for this task? What geometric topics help our students develop a deep understanding of the material in order to promote geometric learning in the classroom? What techniques used in undergraduate geometry courses will help students in their future teaching careers? Panelists are William E. Fenton, Bellarmine University; Angela M. Hodge, North Dakota State University; Barbara E. Reynolds, Cardinal Stritch University; and Thomas Q. Sibley, St. John's University.