Michigan Project NExT Fellowships

Program Description

Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) is a program, sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) with support from the Exxon Educational Foundation for faculty in their first few years of full-time teaching, who are interested in improving the learning and teaching of undergraduate mathematics. The Michigan Section of the MAA began Project NExT activities at the Michigan MAA Section Annual Meeting held in May 2000, at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant.

This year's program will again be coordinated with the Michigan MAA Section Annual Meeting, which will be held May 10-11 at Lawrence Technological University. Michigan Section Project NExT Fellows will participate in a session specifically designed for them on Thursday afternoon, May 9, preceding the start of the Section Meeting on Friday morning. There may also be a special session during the day on Friday. The program for the Michigan NExT sessions will vary from year to year and will address issues of particular importance to new faculty such as: developing successful teaching and assessment strategies; supervising undergraduate research; planning new courses and selecting text books; using appropriate technology in the classroom; balancing teaching, research and service responsibilities; starting and maintaining a teaching portfolio; achieving tenure; and others.

The schedule details are still being worked out, but we are looking forward to presentations by Janet Anderson, Matt Boelkins, and Rheta Rubenstein (and possibly some others, stay tuned).


Each year, betwen 5 and 10 Michigan Fellows will be selected for two year terms. Their fellowship will pay the conference registration for the Section Meeting and entitle them to attend the special session on Thursday, which includes dinner on Thursday evening. Applicants must have the support of their department and should provide a statement of support from a department chair or dean, guaranteeing financial support for transportation, meals, and lodging at the Section Meeting. Limited support for travel and lodging may be available for applicants whose departments cannot support faculty travel. To be eligible, faculty must be in their first four years of full time teaching and have a strong commitment to teaching undergraduates. Applications for new Michigan NExT Fellows are now being accepted. National NExT Fellows are encouraged to apply.

Application Procedure

Applicants should send the application form, a statement of teaching philosophy, a current curriculum vitae, and a letter of support by April 26, 2002 to:

Dr. John Clifford
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
University of Michigan-Dearborn
Dearborn, MI 48128-1491

Phone: 313-593-4259
email: jcliff@umd.umich.edu
fax: 313-593-5552

Project NExT
is sponsored by the
Mathematical Association of America
with support from the
Exxon Education Foundation .

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