Mathematical Careers and Ideas: Teaching in High Schools and Junior Colleges

Mathematical Careers and Ideas:
Teaching in High Schools and Junior Colleges
A panel discussion for undergraduates

  In Mathematical Careers and Ideas, the mathematics department is offering a series of talks designed to help undergraduates make decisions about their future careers and what they can do now to prepare for them. Teaching in High Schools and Junior Colleges is the next event in this series.

  Our panelists will talk about what is needed for a successful career in teaching mathematics, the alternate ways of obtaining certification as a teacher, and the courses you should take as an undergraduate to prepare for this future.

  The time and place are:

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10, 6:15 TO 7:30 PM

There will be pizza and soft drinks. All students interested in the mathematical sciences are welcome to attend.

  The next event in the series will be "Killing the Hydra," an entertaining and fun talk suitable for undergraduates, yet with serious mathematical content. The speaker will be Rutgers Professor Simon Thomas. This talk will take place on Wednesday April 7, beginning at 6:15 in Hill Center, room 705.

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Here is some information on the panelists for Teaching in High Schools and Junior Colleges:

  WARREN CROWN is currently Professor of Mathematics Education at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, but has mathematics teaching experience at the middle school, high school, and college levels. At Rutgers, he concentrates on the professional development of mathematics teachers at both the elementary and secondary levels as well as on curriculum development projects in mathematics.

  Dr. Crown has won numerous awards for excellence in teaching as well as The Presidential Award for Distinguished Public Service at Rutgers. His curriculum development efforts have resulted in many publications, both print-based and computer software. His two best-known technology products are IBM's Math Concepts and Practice software and the award-winning Rutgers Mathematics Construction Tools program. He also has been a member of the authorship teams for many best-selling elementary mathematics textbook programs.

  ANGELO DEMATTIA has been the Mathematics Supervisor at Columbia High School, South Orange/Maplewood, NJ, for the last 12 years. He continues to teach, having taught for seventeen years in Elizabeth, NJ, and now for fifteen in South Orange/Maplewood. He has also been president of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey.

  As a supervisor, he has helped to mentor numerous college students, including students from Rutgers, in their pursuit of teaching credentials---either in field experiences or in student teaching. He is also the person primarily responsible for interviewing and recommending new teachers at Columbia High School. He continually gets calls from students or Alternate Route candidates for advice on paths to certification or on similar questions.

  REGINALD LUKE attended the Graduate Mathematics Program at Rutgers University from 1966-1971, obtaining his Ph.D. in point set topology in October, 1971. To make end meet he taught locally at Middlesex County College in Edison NJ, and what began as a temporary stay became a long-term commitment to teaching in the first two years of undergraduate education. Since then he has been promoted to full Professor of Mathematics, has served for eleven years as Departmental Chair, and since 2001 has been Dean of the Division of Science, Mathematics and Health Technologies. He has a Masters Degree in Statistics, also from Rutgers University, and has served as a Visiting Part-time Lecturer in both mathematics and statistics at Rutgers.

  Dr. Luke's career has been focused on teaching, curriculum development, and grant writing. He has been Principal Investigator or Co-PI for several National Science Foundation grants over the past several years, as well as the Administrator for several Eisenhower teacher training projects and the Director for a series of NJ Statewide Systemic Initiative programs. From 1999 to 2003 he served as Chair-Elect and then Chair of the local NJ section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA-NJ). Presently he serves as the MAA-NJ Governor, representing the sector at the national level.

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