Assistant Professor of Mathematics Courtney Gibbons served on a panel during the 2014 MathFest held Aug. 6-9 in Portland, Ore. The national meeting is sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).
Gibbons served on the Mentoring Matters panel, sponsored by the Association for Women in Mathematics. Other panel members were Professors Carol Schumacher of Kenyon College, Stan Yoshinobu of California Polytechnic State University and Assistant Professor Helen Wong of Carleton College.
In addition to discussing her experiences both as a mentor and a mentee prior to her arrival at Hamilton, Gibbons described Hamilton’s institutional mentoring programs. Her discussion focused on both formal mentoring, such as the mentors assigned to new tenure track faculty by the dean’s office, and the informal mentoring that occurs organically on a small campus. She also discussed methods for finding mentors as well strategies for new mentors, particularly mathematical researchers.
Gibbons also completed her first year as a Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) Fellow, thanks to Hamilton’s commitment to financially support the travel required for her fellowship. She and her peers for the 2013-14 academic year were recognized in a short graduation ceremony prior to the official start of MathFest.
As a Project NExT Fellow, Gibbons became part of a network of academics dedicated to becoming excellent mathematics educators and including students in mathematical research. Each year, 80 fellows are selected from a large applicant pool.
Associate Professor of Mathematics Sally Cockburn also attended MathFest and received her MAA award for “Deranged Socks,” a paper she co-authored with Joshua Lesperance of Oberlin College. The paper was published in the April 2013 issue of Mathematics Magazine.