Mathematics faculty member recognized for outstanding teaching and mentoring
Chad Awtrey of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics received this award at the Section’s annual meeting on March 25 in Birmingham. The citation of the award reads as follows:
“The 2016 recipient of the MAA Southeastern Section Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Mathematics Faculty Member has been described by colleagues and students as follows:
The honoree’s colleagues describe a compassionate, dedicated, effective and enthusiastic teacher.
They also describe a dedicated and successful teacher/mentor and one who passionately serves undergraduate students outside his classroom in myriad ways.
A colleague describes our winner’s teaching as thoughtful and intentional, in his efforts to ensure that students are making progress.
Students describe our honoree as passionate and enthusiastic about mathematics with an ability to build strong relationships with students.
One student describes a professor whose enthusiasm is contagious.
Another student praised our winner’s ability to form mentoring relationships with his students.
A member of the mathematical community describes our winner as one of the top mathematics undergraduate research mentors, in the nation, among his pre-tenure peers, because of his mentoring of 21 different undergraduate students on 26 different research projects.”