Welcome to the MAA's Professional Enhancement Program

SAGE: Using Open-Source Mathematics Software with Undergraduates - The workshop is fully booked. Registration is now closed.
Karl-Dieter Crisman and Jason Grout
May 24, June 7, June 14, and June 21, 2011
Online Workshop
Registration Fee: $100 per person ($150 for registrations received after April 12, 2011)

Sage ( is free, open-source, and comprehensive mathematics software.  You will discover how to use Sage to enhance your courses, customized to your institution and curriculum.  There will be four on-day online sessions during the summer.  The first day will introduce you to SAGE, followed by a two week break in which you can familiarize yourself with the software.  The remaining days, each one week apart, will focus on creating curricular materials, effectively using SAGE in the classroom, and feedback on content you have created in the workshop.  In the weeks between the sessions, you will explore Sage on your own schedule, with dedicated online "office hours" from the organizers.  Participants will need only a web browser to use Sage's intuitive notebook interface.

Integrating Emerging Technologies Into Undergraduate Mathematics Courses
Erick Hofacker, Kathryn Ernie, and Sherrie Serros
June 7-10, 2011
Bloomington, Minnesota
Registration Fee: $175 per person ($250 for registrations received after April 26, 2011)

This workshop is designed to assist faculty who have plans and desires to integrate new emerging technologies into their undergraduate mathematics courses.  Participants will have the opportunity to develop materials relevant to courses they are teaching.  Each day of the workshop will concentrate on a different focus for using technology in the classroom. 
  • Communication will focus on the development and integration of instructor and student produced podcasts, using interactive white boards and digital pens & slates, discussion boards, virtual classrooms, and the mathematical capabilities of tablets and Smartphones.
  • Visualization & Exploration will focus on constructing a series of inquiry based learning activities that use readily available web-based tools and animations, WolframAlpha, and programs such as MS Excel.
  • Assessment will focus on writing conceptually based clicker questions, the integration of online homework and quizzing, and a discussion about different security based systems for online testing. 


Improving College Mathematics Teaching Through Faculty Development - Registration is now closed.

Gerald Kobylski, Alex Heidenberg, and Hilary Fletcher
June 12-17, 2011
West Point, New York
Registration Fee: $175 per person/$250 per team of two (Application Deadline: April 27, 2011)

In this workshop, we will provide a framework of educational theory and supporting activities which can be used for faculty to improve an existing (or create a new) faculty development and mentorship programs.  Participants will learn about and experience exciting and innovative teaching strategies and approaches that will expand their own and their colleagues' teaching abilities, as well as share best practices from their own teaching.  We encourage institutional pairs to apply.
Primary funding provided by the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation, Course, Curricullum and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI), "Workshops That Improve Undergraduate Teaching of Mathematics," NSF 08-546.
Travel and living expenses for the week at historic West Point will be fully reimbursed.

Mathematical Biology: Beyond Calculus - The workshop is fully booked. Registration is now closed.

Raina Robeva, Terrell Hodge, and Robin Davies
June 12-18, 2011
Sweet Briar, Virginia
Registration Fee: $175 per person/$250 per team of two ($250 and $400 respectively for registrations received after May 1, 2011)

Problems from gene regulation, biochemical reaction networks, DNA sequencing, and phylogenetics, constitute a cross-section of challenges in modern molecular and systems biology.  This workshop will focus on such problems at levels appropriate for classroom projects and student research.  Along with the underlying biology, participants will learn to build models using finite dynamical systems, Boolean networks, linear, polynomial, and abstract algebra, and probabilistic methods.  We encourage attendance by Mathematics-Biology faculty teams from the same institution.  No specific background in biology, mathematical biology, or computational algebra systems will be required.  Biology faculty are not expected to have specialized mathematical background beyond precalculus.

Geometry and Art
Anneke Bart and Philip Huling
June 20 - 24, 2011
Online Workshop
Registration Fee: $100 per person ($150 for registrations received after May 9, 2011)

During out online workshop we wille xplore ways to teach a mathematics course using an interdisciplinary approach to motivate mathematical concepts.  Materials from the Math and the Art of MC Escher course ( will be used as an example.  The workshop will include:
  • Approaching mathematics from an interdisciplinary point of view
  • Discussion of pedagogical issues involved in developing and teaching these materials.
  • The use of projects and field trips in a mathematics course, including grading schemes and rubrics.
  • Development of materials by the participants for their own courses.
This workshop is aimed at undergraduate (and high school) faculty interested in incorporating innovative ways of exploring mathematics in their classroom.

Creating Effective Homework Sets with WeBWorK: Building the WeBWorK National Problem Library - The workshop is fully booked. Registration is now closed.
Jason Aubrey and Gavin LaRose
June 23-26, 2011
Washington, DC
Registration Fee: $175 per person ($250 for registrations received after May 12, 2011)

WeBWorK ( is a free, open-source on-line web homework system with extensive capabilities to create interesting, effective homework problems.  In this workshop, participants will develop the technical skills to create and identify high-quality WeBWorK problems that take full advantage of WeBWorK's extensive capabilities and will collaborate to create a broadly useful and appropriate library of problems and homework problem sets for different undergraduate mathematics courses.
In addition, participants will frame and initiate the development of assessment and development tools for the existing WeBWorK National Problem Library (NPL).  The workshop will have four on-line web conferences that precede a four day face-to-face workshop held at the MAA's Carriage House, and follow-up web conferences.

Web-Enhanced Instruction with GeoGebra
Russell Blyth and Michael May, S.J.
July 11-15, 2011
Online Workshop
Registration Fee: $100 per person ($150 for registrations received after May 30, 2011)

GeoGebra is an easy-to-use, free, cross-platform program that allows users to create demonstrations and exploration tools with both geometric and algebraic representations.  These can be saved as applets, for use by either by the instructor or students.  The workshop will include:
  • An exploration of the capabilities of GeoGebra, with a focus on creating example demonstrations for a variety of courses;
  • Demonstration of the techniques for producing effective applets and incorporating them into webpages;
  • Discussion of pedagogical issues in effectively incorporating applets into your courses.

In the following academic year participants will be expected to produce at least two GeoGebra activities for classes they teach and to share them with the workshop.  We also expect participants will have learned enough to introduce at least one colleague to GeoGebra.  No previous knowledge of the software is assumed.

Teaching Statistics Using Active Learning and Technology
Jim Albert and Brad Hartlaub
July 18-22, 2011
Gambier, Ohio
Registration Fee: $175 per person ($250 for registrations received after June 6, 2011)

The GAISE Report gives a set of general recommendations for teaching statistics at the college level.  This workshop is designed to model the GAISE guidelines by working through a collection of activities designed to teach important concepts in an introductory statistics class.  There will be an emphasis on using real data, communicating conceptual understanding, and using a variety of available technologies.  The course will be taught in a computer-equipped classroom where we will make extensive use of Minitab and R.  The goal is to provide the current thinking in teaching statistics and associated resources to help the instructor who has limited experience in teaching the subject.  There will be ample opportunities for the participants to learn from each other during and after the on-site intensive component.

Leading the Academic Department - Cancelled

Rick Cleary and Jon Scott
August 6-8, 2011
Lexington, Kentucky
Registration Fee: $350 per person ($500 for registrations received after June 25, 2011)

Chairing a mathematical sciences department is vital for both the institution and the profession.  With a docus on connecting vision and leadership, this workshop will help chairs become leaders as well as managers, and offers resources for new and long-serving chairs.  Using a small-group, case-study approach, participants will explore a range of topics that includes the recruitment of faculty and students, review and assessment of the department and it's programs, conflict resolution, workload issues, and financial concerns.


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