Certificates of Meritorious Service


1987                Joseph Hashisaki, Western Washington University (posthumously)

1991                Calvin T. Long, Washington State University

1996                Donald W. Bushaw, Washington State University

2001                Kenneth A. Ross, University of Oregon

2006                Marjorie Enneking, Portland State University


1987                Joseph Hashisaki, Western Washington University (posthumously)


The first sectional Certificate for Meritorious Service was presented in 1987 to Joseph Hashisaki posthumously.  His widow Mary Jane and his daughter Susan attended the award ceremony in San Antonio.  The following citation was written by sectional Governor D. George McRae:

            Starting with humble beginnings in rural eastern Montana Joseph Hashisaki grew to a man of outstanding mathematical stature in the Pacific Northwest and the nation.

            After his undergraduate studies in mathematics at the University of Montana (Missoula) and his service in the Pacific front during World War II, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.  He served on the mathematics faculty at the University of Montana from 1953 to 1962, before moving to Western Washington University (Bellingham) to become chairman of the mathematics department.  At Bellingham he provided the leadership to develop and strengthen the undergraduate and graduate programs in mathematics.  His book on the Theory of Arithmetic  (co-authored with John Peterson) became a benchmark in the training of elementary teachers across the land.  In the early 1970's, he was the founding editor of the Two Year College Mathematics Journal  (now the MAA's College Mathematics Journal ).  Always a strong supporter of MAA, Joe served on numerous committees and task forces.

            But to the many that knew him personally, probably the most memorable aspect of his life was his infectious enthusiasm for mathematics.  Through his unselfish caring and encouragement he influenced a large number of young people to become professional mathematicians.  Many a young mathematics student went to that first mathematics meeting or presented that first paper because of the gentle persuasion of this fine teacher.

            On January 2, 1986, the mathematical community lost one of its finest members.


1991                Calvin T. Long, Washington State University


The second sectional Certificate for Meritorious Service was presented at the San Francisco meeting in January 1991 to Calvin T. Long, Washington State University.  The citation was written and presented by sectional Governor Norman F. Lindquist:

            In 1955, after studying with Ivan Niven, Calvin T. Long received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon.  The following year he joined the faculty at Washington State University where he continues to teach with distinction.  He served as Chair of Section (1967-1968) and as Governor (1982-1985).  In addition, he has served on several committees and panels for the Section and has advised the Washington state government on mathematics education.  Moreover, he has led many projects for the improvement of mathematics education, including securing grants for inservice training of mathematics teachers.

            For more than thirty years, Professor Long has delivered lectures and colloquia at colleges and high schools, stimulating the imagination and curiosity of both students and teachers.


1996                Donald W. Bushaw, Washington State University


The third sectional Certificate for Meritorious Service was presented at the January 1996 meeting in Orlando, Florida, to Donald W. Bushaw of Washington State University.  Here is the citation.

            Professor Donald W. Bushaw attended public schools in Bremerton, Washington, graduating from high school in 1943.  His undergraduate studies were done at the State College of Washington (now Washington State University).  He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1952.  His dissertation, under the direction of Solomon Lefschetz, was a pioneering study which opened up the new mathematical discipline of control theory.  He returned to Washington State University in 1952, starting as an instructor and steadily climbing the academic ladder to the rank of full professor in 1962.  He has taught a wide variety of mathematics courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, but his interests are not limited to mathematics.  He taught a course in Eastern Civilization for the Honors Program at Washington State University and participated in graduate seminars in English and Foreign Languages.  He has used his extraordinary linguistic abilities to translate a number of books and research articles in a variety of languages, including Russian and Chinese.

            Don has contributed in many ways to the MAA and the mathematics community, serving as a Visiting Lecturer, to both colleges and high schools, and on numerous committees and panels on curricular reform at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  From 1970 to 1973, he was a member of the MAA’s Board of Governors and was nominated three times for the presidency of the Association.  He served on the Board of Editors for The College Mathematics Journal, has been a consultant to many colleges and universities, and has been a member of accreditation teams for as many as five institutions.  Don has contributed extensively as a referee and reviewer of books, articles and grant proposals.  In 1987 he was named honorary member of the Polish Mathematical Society, and later led a delegation on University Mathematics Education to China.

            Professor Bushaw is widely recognized as an exceptionally gifted writer and speaker.  Among his writings are research papers on control theory, differential equations, topology, and mathematical economics as well as many papers dealing with mathematics education, the history of mathematics and mathematical biographies.

            The Pacific Northwest Section is honored to recognize Professor Bushaw with the MAA Certificate for Meritorious Service.


2001                Kenneth A. Ross, University of Oregon


The Pacific Northwest Section of the Mathematical Association of America is both pleased and honored to nominate Kenneth A. Ross for a Certificate of Meritorious Service. Diligence has marked Ken's 37 years of service to the MAA at every level from local arrangements chair for sectional meetings to the presidency of the Association. He is known to everyone as a gifted mathematics educator, as an inspired leader who, with wisdom and wit, has led the Association through challenging times, and for his tireless attention to the kind of detail that promotes efficacy in a large and complex organization.

            Professor Ross first served the PNW section as local arrangements chairman for the national August 1984 meetings held in Eugene and has continued as a counselor and informal member of the executive committee ever since. He was local arrangements chairman also for the sectional AMS-MAA meeting held in June 1994. On the national level Ken has been a member (sometimes ex officio) of the Local Arrangements Committee for every national meeting from 1984 through 1993. Most notably he has served the Association as Associate Secretary, Secretary, and President and as a member of the Board of Governors continuously since 1984. Ken has served on many committees within the Association covering issues such as meetings and membership, awards and prizes, publications and editorial policy, and myriad governance issues such as Finance, Bylaws, and the Executive Committees. One of his most notable contributions was his diplomatic\ and intelligent leadership as chair of the MAA Response Group on the NCTM Standards.


Response from Professor Ross

I truly appreciate and am honored that the Pacific Northwest Section has selected me for this award. I am also a bit embarrassed. On at least two occasions the section wanted to give this award to Ivan Niven and asked me what I thought. I said, "No, this is really an award designed to honor the unsung heroes of the sections who may not be widely known in the MAA. Their local efforts make the MAA strong." No one asked my opinion this time! Ivan was a great champion of the Pacific Northwest Section who certainly deserved this award and I would like to share it, spiritually, with him today. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with my colleagues and friends in the Pacific Northwest and thank them again for the honor.


2006                Marjorie Enneking, Portland State University


It is a pleasure to nominate Marj Enneking for the MAA’s Certificate of Meritorious Service.  Marj Enneking has a long history of loyal and helpful service to the Pacific Northwest Section of the MAA.  She was Vice Chair of four-year colleges from 1980-1981, section Chair from 1983-1985, and section Governor from 2000-2003.  She served the section well in all of these important leadership roles.  She is a very active participant at section meetings and her presence at these annual events takes many forms.  She’s led panel discussions on topics from “Issues in K-12 Education” to “Family Issues” and spoken about the importance of universal participation in preparation of future teachers.  After her time in Washington D.C. as an NSF Program Director, she shared with the section much valuable information by leading a minicourse on writing grant proposals.  We know from direct experience that Marj’s advice, encouragement, and grant-writing wisdom has helped our section in obtaining NSF funds for curriculum improvement.  There are undoubtedly many in the section who owe her a round of heartfelt applause.

She was also supportive of our section NExT during its early years.  As a consultant, she spent valuable time talking with our new NExT fellows and encouraging them in their academic plans and her active participation at our meetings was always appreciated.

As her voluminous service record and accomplishments are of the highest order, the Pacific Northwest Section is proud to nominate Marj Enneking for the MAA's

Certificate of Meritorious Service.


Award for Distinguished Teaching of Mathematics


1992                André Yandl, Seattle University

1993                Jack Robertson, Washington State University

1994                Millie Johnson, Western Washington State University

1995                Richard M. Koch, University of Oregon

1996                Janet Ray, Seattle Central Community College

1997                Brian Wick, University of Alaska - Anchorage

1999                Ping-Tung Chang, Matanuska-Susitna College, University of Alaska-Anchorage

2001                Bruce Lind and Ron VanEnkevort, University of Puget Sound

2002                Andrew Chang-Fung Liu, University of Alberta**

**                    Andy Liu was awarded the national Haimo Teaching Award in January 2004

2003                Steven A. Bleiler, Portland State University

2004                Douglas F. Mooers, Whatcom Community College

2005                Chris Meyers, Pacific Lutheran University

2006                James A. Morrow, University of Washington**

**                    James Morrow was awarded the national Haimo Teaching Award in January 2008

2007                Duane DeTemple, Washington State University

2008                No Award for Distinguished Teaching of Mathematics.



1992                André Yandl, Seattle University


The citation honoring Dr. Yandl appeared in the Spring 1992 newsletter and was written by Ivan Niven.  The central paragraph is:

            A member of the mathematics department at Seattle University for thirty-six years, Yandl is acclaimed by his colleagues in the Seattle area as a devoted, enthusiastic, and hard-working teacher.  He was the first recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award by the Associated Students of his institution.  The students, including majors outside mathematics, are impressed with his interest in getting them to appreciate mathematical ideas.  He arrives at the Student Union at 7:00 a.m. to answer questions on mathematics for present and former students.  His students comment on his practicality in his approach to mathematics, as well as his sense of humor.  One student wrote that "he was pretty funny, even when he wasn't trying to be."  In a recent survey of all former mathematics majors in the department of mathematics at Seattle University, a significant number of alumni stated that courses taught by Dr. Yandl were ones that were most beneficial in their professional lives, and that his support and encouragement were important to their professional development.  He has encouraged the gifted students to continue on to the Ph.D. degree.  His students have earned doctorates at various universities, including Stanford, Wisconsin and Princeton, as well as the Universities of Washington and Oregon in the Northwest.


1993                Jack Robertson, Washington State University


The second sectional Award for Distinguished was presented to Jack Robertson at Washington State University.  The award was announced in the Spring 1993 issue of the section newsletter.  Here are some excerpts:

            Jack M. Robertson of Washington State University received the section’s 1993 Distinguished Teaching Award and recognizes him for sustained excellence in mathematics instruction over twenty-eight years at the college and high school levels.  Robertson’s numerous contributions include the direction of NSF-funded summer institutes for secondary teachers and development of major curriculum materials for high school and college.  The institutes have helped secondary teachers expand their knowledge base and earn advanced degrees.  Robertson went to WSU in 1964 after completing his doctorate at the University of Utah.  He has served as president of the Washington State Mathematics Council, member of the MAA Placement Exam Committee, and member of the Research Advisory Committee of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.  In addition, he has been a consultant on instructional content to school districts as far away as Hawaii and Texas.  Robertson’s contributions to teaching excellence are broad and deep.  He has developed and used pioneering teaching techniques worldwide, including Australia and New Zealand.  He has presented concepts such as “fair division” in settings ranging from first grade classrooms through sponsorship of Ph.D. dissertations.  On the “Jim French Radio Talk Show” in Seattle, he talked for an hour explaining the problems underlying fair representation and apportionment.  In 1982 and 1983 Robertson was chosen to present the mathematics component of an institute funded by the Council of Energy Resource Tribes for students from a number of Native American high schools across the country.  His presentations of solid material to a unique audience were highly successful and stand out, in the opinion of the directors of the institute, as one of the institute’s major successes.


1994                Millie Johnson, Western Washington State University


At the 1994 Eugene meeting, the third sectional Distinguished Teaching Award was presented to Millie Johnson of Western Washington University.  A full report appears in the Fall 1994 issue of the section newsletter.  Here are some comments from one student:

            Everyone encounters a few precious experiences in their lifetime that permanently shift the course of their lives.  I experienced one such shift in Millie Johnson’s calculus class. ...  What brought on this change in perspective?  The answer lies not in the specific material that we covered in class, but in this remarkable woman whose innovative teaching methods demanded that we not only skim the surface of the subject, learning the rules and formulas, but that we dive into the material, investigating the “what’s” and the “why’s” and, perhaps most importantly, learning the joys of mathematical investigation itself.


1995                Richard M. Koch, University of Oregon


At the 1995 Walla Walla meeting, Richard M. Koch of the University of Oregon was presented the fourth sectional Distinguished Teaching Award.  An article is in the Fall 1995 issue of the section newsletter.  Here are some excerpts:

            So what makes his teaching so great?  First, animation!  This guy is so excited about opening the doors to the beauty of mathematics that students fight to be in his classroom.  Second, unfailing Respect for Students.  He never assumes students are dumb if they ask naive or elementary questions.  Rather he sees questions as opportunities to travel with students on a road to reveal more and more mathematics.


1996                Janet Ray, Seattle Central Community College


The section’s fifth Distinguished Teaching Award was presented to Janet Perry Ray of Seattle Central Community College.  The citation, which was written by Elaine Deutschman at the Oregon Institute of Technology, appeared in the Spring 1996 issue of the section newsletter.  A key paragraph is the following.

            Janet has been a full-time mathematics instructor at SCCC since 1966, participating at all levels of the curriculum from developmental mathematics to differential equations.  Students praise her innovative approaches to mathematical concepts, her respect for them regardless of their mathematical prowess, and her high standards for student work.  Her colleagues speak of her as inspirational, generous with materials and ideas she’s developed, and tireless in her search for new ways to help students learn.  She enjoys a great deal of goodwill amongst mathematics educators in the northwest and nationally.


1997                Brian Wick, University of Alaska – Anchorage


The section’s sixth Distinguished Teaching Award was presented to Brian Wick of the University of Alaska – Anchorage.  In 1972, Dr. Wick was the first professor of mathematics hired by the institution.  The citation includes the following.

            Dr. Wick’s abilities as an instructor have drawn accolades from students who describe him as “stimulating as well as motivating.”  He is credited with having been “personally responsible for many students’ decisions to pursue a career in mathematics.”  In the land of the “Last Frontier” students have encountered a fellow traveler in the educational arena who believes that there is no final frontier but rather infinite frontiers to explore and discover together.


1999                Ping-Tung Chang, Matanuska-Susitna College, University of Alaska-Anchorage


The section’s seventh Distinguished Teaching Award was presented to Professor Ping-Tung Chang of Matanuska-Susitna College, University of Alaska-Anchorage.  It is possible that this is the first such sectional award in the country where the winner was nominated by students. 

            For most of his more than thirty years of teaching mathematics Professor Chang has taken a special interest in the challenge of communicating mathematics to the widest possible audience.  He has published papers on teacher preparation and strategies for dealing with math anxiety.  Ten years ago when he went to the Mat-Su branch as the only full-time math faculty member, he had to confront the full spectrum of this challenge.  Professor Chang became well-known among the elementary and secondary mathematics teachers of the area.  In addition to promoting a Math Club at the Mat-Su branch, he inspired the club to serve as tutors for secondary students.  Professor Chang is widely praised for the support and encouragement he provides to students whether they are working at the remedial level or preparing for advanced studies.  He is known to be available for help from early to late and even on Saturdays and Sundays.  Perhaps the most dramatic indication of the respect won by his efforts is the fact that his nomination for the distinguished teaching award was prepared by the Mat-Su math club.  


2001                Bruce Lind and Ron VanEnkevort, University of Puget Sound


The section's eighth Distinguished Teaching Award was presented to two professors at the University of Puget Sound, Ronald L. Van Enkevort and R. B. (Bruce) Lind. Here is the citation for this teaching award.


Bruce Lind and Ron VanEnkevort of the University of Puget Sound are the co-winners of the 2001 Distinguished Teaching Award for the PNW section of MAA. Lind and VanEnkevort received their awards at the closing banquet of this year's PNW-MAA section meeting at Seattle Pacific University.


Bruce Lind received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1972 and began his teaching career when he joined the faculty of UPS. His wide-ranging activities at UPS include running the statistics program (including preparing undergraduates for the actuarial exams), and supporting the Academic Challenge program, which encourages disadvantaged area youth to pursue a college education by providing summer activities in science and mathematics on the UPS campus.


Ron VanEnkevort began teaching as a high school teacher in the Tri-Cities area. He earned a Ph.D. in Number Theory from Oregon State University and joined UPS in 1971. One of VanEnkevort's passions is the preparation of future elementary and secondary teachers.


Both Lind and VanEnkevort have served as department chair during times of fast growth and new programs in mathematics at UPS. Their support for summer student research projects, the development of the computerscience curriculum, and their support for other faculty at SPU have earned them then lasting respect of their colleagues. Lind and VanEnkevort will each retire at the end of this academic year.


2002                Andrew Chang-Fung Liu, University of Alberta

                        Andy Liu was awarded the national Haimo Teaching Award in January 2004


At the national meeting in Phoenix, in January 2004, Andy Liu received the national MAA Debbie Haimo Teaching Award.  Here is the citation.


Andrew Liu’s popularity as a teacher reflects the enormous energy he expends on teaching, his ability to make mathematics fun, his uncanny sense fo good problems, and his personal interest in his students.  His outstanding reputation as consummate mathematics educator is documented by two teaching awards from his own University of Alberta, two Canadian national teaching awards, a 3M Teaching Fellowship, and the David Hilbert International award for promotion of mathematics learning from the World Federation of Mathematics Competitions.


At Alberta, he designed a unique course in discrete mathematics in which students must solve puzzles from D. Shasha’ “The Puzzling Adventures of Dr. Ecco,” supplemented by Liu’s own “Professor Scarlet’s Notebook.”  Once they understand a puzzle  solution, the mathematics that underlies the solution is developed.  This challenging course has grown from a single class of 20 to two sections topping 110 students.  He maintains close ties with colleagues in the Faculty of Education (he holds a certificate in elementary teaching as well as a Ph.D. in mathematics), and designed their course required for all students majoring in elementary education.


Andy’s desire to excite students about mathematics takes many forms.  In Edmonton, he is a popular speaker in schools, has organized math fairs, and directed summer mathematics camps.  For years he has drawn groups of enthusiastic junior high students to his free weekly Saturday Math Club.  He lures them with tantalizing problems (many original and unsolved) and encourages their own ingenuity in solving them.  Locally, nationally, and internationally, he is a devoted supporter of mathematics competitions, serving as coach and leader for Putnam and IMO teams, chair of the Problem Section of the IMO, and vice-president of the international Mathematics Tournament of the Towns.


Andy gladly shares his ideas in teaching, his problems, and interesting student solutions (which are frequently published in journals).  He maintains informal mailing lists, has served as editor for two volumes of articles prepared for teachers of gifted high school students, and has collected 16 published articles by his young Saturday Math Club students in the S.M.A.R.T. “Analogy” to share with teachers.


For his remarkable teaching on so many fronts, it is a great pleasure to award Andy Liu the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.


2003                Steven A. Bleiler, Portland State University


Here is the citation for his award.  Steve Bleiler is the quintessential teacher.  He attracts, inspires, and nurtures students at all levels.  He is an enthusiastic ambassador to the high school, an inspiring instructor in the classroom lighting the fire of learning, and a guide to the graduate students who set out on mathematical journeys of exploration.  Steve Bleiler is a natural speaker. He is an engaging performer whose wit and delivery captures audiences and leaves them with a sense of wonder for the beauty of mathematics.  He is just as comfortable talking about the topology of horse saddles to groups of high school students in rural Oregon as he is talking about more arcane topics in geometric topology to an audience of professional mathematicians at an international congress.  A performer, educator, inspiring force, and enthusiastic colleague, Steve Bleiler embodies the love of mathematics that drives all of us.  


2004                Douglas F. Mooers, Whatcom Community College


Doug Mooers concentrates on student needs, invites independent thinking, and stimulates curiosity in mathematics.  Many students who attend community colleges must overcome tremendous barriers to reach their educational goals; for some, it takes a special instructor to awaken their confidence and build their knowledge – Doug Mooers makes a difference in many of their lives.  Doug holds students to high academic standards while he models a strong, positive work ethic.  The students express it best:  “Doug brings a ray of light to the subject of math by his kindness, knowledge, commitment, and understanding.”  “I am a returning student after dropping out of high school twelve years ago with terrible math anxiety.  But now, I love coming to class.  His teaching methods and sense of humor are great.  When it comes to test time, I feel very prepared.”  “Doug creates an ideal atmosphere for learning the difficult subject of calculus.  Simply put – he is the best math teacher I’ve had in all the mathematics courses I’ve taken over the years.”  “As an International student, I have trouble understanding some teachers.  Mr. Mooers makes learning easy.  His lecture is clear and precise.  He leads us into the heart of the problem and explains every step.  But, the best part of the lecture is his humor.  He uses different accents (i.e., British, tax collector, rascal,...) to attract our attention and ease the atmosphere.  His way of teaching is invincible.” 


Doug has distinguished himself as a master teacher, an innovator, a leader among faculty, and an inspiration to many people.  The broad scope of Doug Mooer’s influence is astonishing.  While his teaching effectiveness and influence beyond Whatcom Community College is well-documented, the excitement and curiosity about mathematics that he generates among his students is truly inspirational.


2005                Chris Meyer, Pacific Lutheran University


Chris has a solid teaching record that has spanned more than 30 years at PLU.  He has led seminars on pedagogy within the department and often spoken on pedagogical issues.  He is known for using interesting and innovative material in his lectures.  He often makes "gadgets" that demonstrate points in lecture.  For example, he once built a transparent water tray that he could put on an overhead projector to demonstrate wave action.  He often uses visual aids many of which he makes.  He has produced his own materials when he finds available texts lacking, including a book (unpublished) on matrix algebra and substantial material on logic and proof.  His contributions outside PLU can be seen in the impact of his students on the community.  For example, one is dean of the school of science at a local community college.


2006                James (Jim) A. Morrow, University of Washington


(excerpts from “Mathematical Matters,” February 2007, article by Yves Nievergelt)  Jim is an MAA member who has been for several decades a world-class researcher in pure complex analysis, a world-class researcher in applied impedance tomography, and a world-class teacher and mentor of young students from high school pupils to undergraduates and doctoral candidates in mathematics.

            With a Ph.D. from Stanford in 1967, Jim taught two years at Berkeley and then was appointed at the University of Washington in 1969.  A decade later, two junior colleagues, John Sylvester and Gunther Uhlmann, had just published a groundbreaking result on smooth impedance computed tomography in the Annals of Mathematics.  In this context, with a grant from the National Science Foundation, and at first with his colleague Edward (Ed) B. Curtis, Jim started a summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program on discrete impedance computed tomography, a problem which would be more suitable to students, but about which one knew next to nothing: can one determine all the resistors hidden inside a network, from potentials and currents on the network surface only?  Starting with the program’s first summer in 1988, outstanding participants include Thaddeus Edens, David Ingerman (now an Assistant Professor at MIT), Edith Mooers, Amanda Mueller, Olga Simek (now a professor at Kent State University) and Laura Smithies. 

            By the turn of the millenium, new results found by participating undergraduates were presented at the International Congress on Applied Mathematics at Edinburgh, Scotland, and edited into the definitive book on discrete inverse problems.  Demonstrating the influence of Jim’s REU program abroad, 2005 participant Eliana Hechter received a Rhodes Scholarship to pursue a doctorate in mathematics at Oxford, where 2002 participant Jeffrey Giansiricusa is also completing his dissertation in algebraic topology.

            Besides leading his REU program alone, Jim also prepares students for the world-wide Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM).  From 2002-2005, Jim has advised two teams a year.  In 2002, one team won an Outstanding Award and the SIAM Award for Problem A; the other team won a Meritorious Award for Problem B (among a total of 525 teams).  In 2003, one team won an Outstanding Award and MAA Award for Problem A; the other won an Outstanding Award and the INFORMS Award for Problem B (among 492 teams).  In 2004, one team won an Outstanding Award for Problem A; the other team won a Meritorious Award for Problem B (among a total of 600 teams).  As an omen of 2005, Jim’s very young colleague Rekha Thomas advised a third team, who won a Meritorious Award.  Jim also helped coached a team advised by Rekha Thomas.  That team won an Outstanding Award and the INFORMS Award.

            Since 1994, Jim has also been organizing single handedly a spring break Mathday which attracts 1200 high school students to campus.  In 2005, under Jim’s leadership, they come not only from the Pacific Northwest, but from as far away as the Republic of South Africa.  Jim now also organizes a Summer Institute which brings together 24 high school students from the United States and Canada for six weeks at the University of Washington.  In recognition of his international teaching reputation, in 2005 Jim won the Education Prize from the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences at the University of British Columbia.  Both the worldwide success of undergraduates participating in his REU programs and MCM teams, and the more than one-thousand high school students attending his Mathday and Summer Institute each year, show that Jim is an extremely caring and effective teacher of students from all walks of life.  Such a relentless dedication and stunning success with students at all levels is exceptional for a researcher who has worked with the world’s best and famous to publish results of lasting influence.  For these accomplishments, James Allen Morrow received the 2006 Distinguished Teaching Award from the Pacific Northwest Section of the MAA.


2007                Duane DeTemple, Washington State University


Duane DeTemple epitomizes the highest level of excellence in the pursuit of mathematics instruction.  He is not only an exceptional instructor in the classroom, but also develops new courses and programs of study, is a popular  speaker for educators, contributes generously in service to both Washington State University (WSU) and the mathematics education profession, and is the author of numerous publications, including a text that is used widely in pre-service teacher preparation programs throughout the United States and Canada.


DeTemple has been a member of the mathematics faculty at WSU since 1970.  At WSU, he is a leader in course and program development and innovation.  His contributions to mathematics education include:  Designed and implemented the honors sequence of mathematics courses.  Developed a Masters of Science with Teaching Emphasis for graduate students planning a career in secondary or community college mathematics instruction.  Developed a Diversity Resources Handbook highlighting activities emphasizing multicultural mathematics topics.  Co-authored (with Kimberly Vincent and Verna Adams) the book “Activity Based Instruction in Elementary Mathematics,” used extensively in WSU pre-service education courses.  Co-founded (with Jack Robertson) the Seminar in Combinatorial Geometry that has been offered since 1983.


Service to both the state and his profession are exemplified by the following examples:  Advisory Board Member, High School Mathematics from an Advanced Standpoint.  State Coordinator, American High School Mathematics Contest, 1992-1995.  Chairman, Pacific Northwest Section, MAA, 1977-1978.


In addition to his service work, Duane works with WSU undergraduates in many capacities outside of his normal teaching duties.  He mentors undergraduate research projects; he takes WSU secondary mathematics majors to the annual Northwest Math Conference; and he advises future high school mathematics teachers.  Duane is also an informal mentor to less senior faculty members.  He includes them in projects, funds travel to professional meetings through his grants, and supports their initiatives.  Furthermore, Duane stays current with research on mathematics teaching and learning and is usually one of the first to turn research-based innovations into common classroom practice.


In conclusion, Duane DeTemple is a deserving recipient of this award.  He has quietly, but effectively, served WSU, the state and his profession for the past 36 years through course and program innovations, service and publications, and mentoring students and junior colleagues.


2008    No Award for Distinguished Teaching of Mathematics.


2009                Thomas P. Dick, Oregon State University


Thomas P. Dick has been a member of MAA for 33 years and has been on the mathematics faculty of Oregon State University since 1986.  He currently serves as the Coordinator of Collegiate Mathematics Education and has oversight responsibilities for all mathematics content preparation programs for both preservice and inservice teachers at the elementary, middle, and high school levels as well as leadership for the graduate programs preparing mathematics education specialists in college mathematics teaching. Dick is also Faculty Director of the OSU Mathematics Learning Center, which provides drop-in assistance to literally thousands of OSU students in all freshman and sophomore level mathematics courses.


In 1998, Dick founded OSU's MATH EXCEL program. MATH EXCEL is based on the Emerging Scholars Program (first developed at University of California, Berkeley and the University of Texas, Austin and now in place at several other colleges around the country).  MATH EXCEL provides an opportunity for motivated students in introductory math courses to work together cooperatively on challenging problems in a workshop setting.


Dick's research interests include undergraduate mathematics education. From 1995-2002 Dick served on the College Board's Advanced Placement Calculus Test Development Committee and was chair of the committee from 1998-2002.  Dick has also served as the chair of the College Board/Mathematical Association of America's Joint Committee of Mutual Concerns.   In 2008 he was elected to the Oregon Mathematics Education Hall of Fame in recognition of a lifetime of achievement and dedication to mathematics education in Oregon.


Thomas Dick has been the recipient of several university teaching and advising honors while at Oregon State University.  In particular, he received the Ritchie Distinguished Professor Award, the Carter Award for outstanding and inspirational teaching, the Boedtker award for academic advising, and the Horne Award for sustained excellence in teaching.