2004 Michigan Project NExT Symposium

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 7-8 at Saginaw Valley State University. Michigan Section Project NExT Fellows will participate in a session specifically designed for them on Thursday afternoon, May 6, preceding the start of the Section Meeting on Friday morning. 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.

As the details of this year's schedule are worked out, they will be posted here.


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.

Special Invitation to Graduate Students

Due to a grant generously funded by the Mathematical Association of America, we are pleased to offer up to 8 grants of at least $50 to graduate students to help defray the cost of attending. The Michigan MAA encourages the home departments of graduate students receiving grants to at least match their support.

In addition to the $50 support towards meals, travel, or lodging, students selected for one of these grants will join the rest of the Michigan NExT Fellows for a complimentary dinner following the symposium. Furthermore, these graduate students will have their registration fees for the section meeting waived. More information is available at


Application Procedure

Graduate Student Applicants

Graduate students who wish to participate in Michigan Project NExT should complete a grant application at the link above and send it to Matt Boelkins by April 23. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Matt directly.

Facutly Applicants

Faculty applicants should send the application form, a statement of teaching philosophy, a current curriculum vitae, and a letter of support by April 23, 2004 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 .

This page is maintained by Randall Pruim. Please email comments, corrections, suggestions and the like to rpruim@calvin.edu.

Last Modified: Thursday, 04-Mar-2004 02:57:37 EST