Welcome to the MAA's Professional Enhancement Program


A New Approach to Intermediate and College Algebra - This workshop is full. Registration is now closed.

Don Small and Erick Hofacker

June 4-8, 2012

Bloomington, Minnesota

Registration Fee: $225 per person/$350 per team of two ($300 and $500 respectively for registrations received after April 23, 2012)


More than ninety-nine percent of the students in Intermediate College Algebra go into the humanities, social sciences, and arts. This workshop will focus on the needs of these students, as well as those who go into mathematics . During the workshop, participants will:

·         explore algebra from the perspective of the MAA recommendations

·         discuss ways to develop students' mathematical reasoning skills and to help students become effective learners

·         learn how to incorporate a modeling perspective into the curriculum and use modeling-based problems as an emphasis in a course

·         utilize new forms of technology, such as clickers, to motivate communication, representation, reasoning and assessment

·         create materials, problems and assessment items that can be used in a redesigned course



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

Gerald Kobylski, Hilary Fletcher, Tina Hartley, and Heather Jackson

June 10-15, 2012,

West Point, New York

Registration Fee: $225 per person/$350 per team of two ($300 and $500 respectively for registrations received after April 29, 2012)


A goal for the workshop is for participants to build or improve their own faculty development programs appropriate for their department. In order to accomplish this goal we will share ideas on the following: innovative teaching techniques; strategies to promote respect among students and faculty; ways to build a more collegial environment with continuous peer feedback being the norm; and methods to improve an existing (or create a new) department faculty development program.


This workshop is funded by NSF 08-546 (TUES) in conjunction with the PREP initiative. Living expenses for the week at historic West Point will be reimbursed; travel expenses will be partially covered. For additional information visit the Improving College Mathematics Teaching through Faculty Development workshop webpage.


Supporting Research in Mathematics for Teachers of Post-Calculus Students - This workshop is full. Registration is now closed.

Caren Diefenderfer and Dan Teague

June 18-22, 2012

Lincoln, Nebraska

Registration Fee: $225 ($300 for registrations received after May 7, 2012)


This workshop, sponsored by MAA Special Interest Group on Teaching Advanced High School Mathematics (SIGMAA TAHSM), will prepare faculty at high schools, 2-year colleges, and small liberal arts institutions in developing research experiences for post-calculus students.  To prepare for the workshop, participants will complete an online short course. At the workshop, we will work together on carefully selected REU-type problems that we will pose to our students in the fall. Teams formed in the summer will continue to work together during the school year, which will create a participant network of fellow teachers to answer questions and offer suggestions on “where to go next” as we engage students in research projects.    



Using Inquiry Based Learning in Second-Year Calculus and Courses for Prospective Teachers - This workshop is full. Registration is now closed.
Doug Moore and Bill Jacob

June 19–22, 2012

Santa Barbara, California

Registration Fee: $225 ($300 for registrations received after May 8, 2012)


This workshop will provide participants with a broad exposure to the inquiry based learning (IBL) style of instruction, where students are guided to develop content themselves instead of passively listening to lectures. The workshop will include discussions of videos of actual IBL classes, role-playing sessions conducted by participants, in-depth sessions with experienced IBL instructors about particular courses, and the use of technology in IBL. In addition to attending plenary sessions, participants will participate in two of four possible working groups. The individual working groups will focus on courses for pre-service elementary teachers, pre-service secondary teachers, linear algebra/differential equations and multivariable calculus.

Primary funding provided by NSF DUE- 0920786. Partial travel support available.



Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Modeling - This workshop has been cancelled.

Elizabeth Yanik, Frank Wattenburg, Gregor Novak, and Joe Yanik

June 25-29, 2012

Cocoa Beach, Florida

Registration Fee: $225 per person/$350 per team of two ($300 and $500 respectively for registrations received after May 14, 2012)


This workshop is designed to acquaint faculty with the recently developed modeling software, DIY Modeling, which allows users to develop game-quality, immersive, 3D simulations. Participants will become familiar with the DIY software, evaluate existing classroom DIY simulations, and construct their own student projects. The preparatory component includes an introductory exploration of the software using tutorials and reading pedagogical articles on the best practices in technological education investigations. The intensive component involves a four and a half day workshop in Cocoa Beach, Florida and includes a special VIP tour of the Kennedy Space Center. Interdisciplinary faculty teams are encouraged to apply.

The DIY software was developed by a collaborative group of mathematicians and physicists from six diverse institutions with support from NSF DUE- 0919264.


Sage: Using Open-Source Mathematics Software with Undergraduates
- This workshop is full. Registration is now closed.
Karl-Dieter Crisman and Dan Drake

June 26, July 10, July 17 and July 24, 2012


Registration Fee: $125 per person ($200 for registrations received after May 15, 2012)


Sage ( is free, open-source, and comprehensive mathematics software. During this online workshop, you will discover how to use Sage to enhance your courses. There will be four full-day online sessions during the summer. The first day will introduce you to Sage, followed by a two-week period during which you will familiarize yourself with the software, with support of the organizers.  The remaining days, each one week apart, will focus on creating curricular materials, effectively using Sage in the classroom, and feedback on Sage activities that you have created. In the weeks between sessions, you will explore Sage, with dedicated online “office hours” from the organizers.  In the fall, you will share your experiences using Sage with the other participants. To participate, you will need a web browser and access to a headset or headphones.



Modeling: Early and Often in Undergraduate Calculus - This workshop is full. Registration is now closed.

Daniel Kaplan, Randall Pruim, Eric Marland, and Nicholas Horton

July 9-13, 2012

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Registration Fee: $225 ($300 for registrations received after May 28, 2012)

Modeling is an important mathematical skill, yet instructors are often at a loss when it comes to teaching it.  This workshop will help you teach modeling in a way that strengthens your students' development of mathematical concepts, interest in mathematics, and appreciation for the uses of mathematics.  Based on ideas and materials developed as part of the NSF-supported Project MOSAIC, whose aim is to create stronger connections among modeling, statistics, computation and calculus, the workshop will share existing materials for teaching modeling-based calculus from the introductory level through differential equations.  As part of the workshop, you will develop a syllabus for integrating modeling into one of your own courses and a modeling case study.  Come see how modeling can be your ally in teaching undergraduate calculus.


Primary funding is provided by NSF DUE- 0920350.


Teaching that Emphasizes Mathematical Practices for K-8 Teachers - This workshop is full. Registration is now closed.

Phyllis Chinn and Dale Oliver

July 15-20, 2012

Arcata, California

Registration Fee: $225 per person/$350 per team of two ($300 and $500 respectively for registrations received after June 3, 2012)


Participants will explore the changes represented by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), particularly related to the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP), and consider how best to integrate CCSS in their classes for future and practicing K-8 teachers.   The summer portion of the program will be held on the beautiful campus of Humboldt State University in the heart of the redwoods.  Participants will engage in hands-on, collaborative learning experiences in mathematics that involve the SMP, and develop and analyze related experiences for prospective and current K-8 teachers.  The workshop is designed for mathematics faculty who have some experience working with pre-service or in-service K-8 teachers.  Ideally, participants are from states that have adopted the CCSS.


Beyond Introductory Statistics: Generalized Linear and Multilevel Models - This workshop is full. Registration is now closed.

Jim Albert and Brad Hartlaub

July 16-20, 2012

Gambier, Ohio

Registration Fee: $225 per person/$350 per team of two ($300 and $500 respectively for registrations received after June 4, 2012)


This workshop focuses on the fitting and evaluation of regression models with a broad range of applications.  The participants will first review multiple regression models for data, and then be introduced to logistic models for binary-response data, loglinear models for count data, and proportional hazards models for survival data.   The course will make extensive use of Minitab and R. The primary goal of the workshop is to enhance a general statistical modeling course by introducing instructors to new models and software so that they can develop new activities and resources appropriate for their institution.  Participants will learn from each other and share resources during on-site and post-workshop components. Institutional teams that consist of professors from two or three different disciplines who teach a second course in statistics are encouraged to apply. 




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