I have enjoyed being the Vice President of the Southwest Region of AMATYC for these last five and a half years. I have especially enjoyed attending ArizMATYC conferences and continuing to be involved in ArizMATYC. I know the next Vice President of the Southwest Region will represent the region very well.
The election for AMATYC officers is completed and the new board will start on January 1, 2018. For the Southwest region April Ström from Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, AZ, is the new vice president. I extremely appreciate the members of AMATYC electing me as the President-elect of AMATYC. I look forward to serving AMATYC in this new position.
I hope that you are planning to attend the Annual AMATYC Conference in San Diego, AC, November 9 to 12. In addition to the great conference sessions, the exhibits, and the opportunities for networking with colleagues around the country, you will also be there for the unveiling of the new standards document called AMATYC IMPACT. I look forward to seeing you at the conference.
Lastly, I want to thank you all for having the faith in me to elect me for 3 terms as the Vice President. I am honored.
During the first weekend of April, the AMATYC board met to discuss many topics. One of the major topic discussed was the adoption of a new mission and vision statement for AMATYC. The new mission statement for AMATYC is
To provide high quality professional development, to advocate and collaborate at all levels, and to build communities of learners for all involved in mathematics education in the first two years of college.
The new vision statement for AMATYC is
To be the leading voice and resource for excellence in mathematics education in the first two years of college.
The next step is to develop the new strategic plan. The purpose of a strategic plan is to take the organization from where it is right now (the mission) to where it wants to be (the vision). The strategic plan for 2018-2023 will be presented during a forum at the AMATYC Annual Conference in Denver. If you are attending the conference, please attend the forums to provide your input. The board will approve the final version of the strategic plan at its spring board meeting of 2017, and present the plan to the delegate assembly at the 2017 conference in San Diego.
November 19-22 will be a great time in New Orleans. The AMATYC Annual Conference is being held in this exciting city during this time. This year there will be three themed sessions, one focused one statistics, another focused on teacher preparation, and the last one on precalculus, calculus, and beyond. Themed sessions are hosted by committees, and involve six, 15-minute sessions focusing on the theme of the themed session. The will also be a round table discussion on placement and assessment ideas. In addition, there is a research session on Thursday night, where you can see the latest research in two-year college mathematics education. The committees have been working very hard to make these sessions the best they can be. Please consider becoming involved in a committee so that you can be involved in the focus of the committees, and AMATYC, in the future. Each committee meets on Friday, November 20 from 4:15-5:45.
Being a member of AMATYC has some benefits that I would like to outline. Mostly, a member receives a discount to the annual conference that actually saves the member more than the cost of membership. So if you are attending a conference, it makes more sense to be a member.
The American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) is the main professional development organization for mathematics teachers at two-year colleges. Part of its mission is to “offer multiple opportunities for the preparation and continuing professional development of a competent and diverse mathematics faculty skilled in a variety of teaching modalities addressing different learning styles.” To fulfill this, AMATYC offers an annual conference, webinars, traveling workshops, an online community for members to discuss topics, a mathematics journal (MathAMATYC Educator), and a newsletter (AMATYC News). In addition, AMATYC has several position statements and guidelines that range from mathematics teaching to preparation of mathematics faculty.
by Kathryn Kozak, VP of the Southwest Region of AMATYC
I was hoping to write an informative article about a topic that is currently important in mathematics education, such as common core standards changes, developmental education redesign, or availability of open source books. However, I have to admit that I haven’t been able to concentrate on any of these topics. Currently, I am on sabbatical and sitting at my brother and sister-in-law’s farm in New South Wales, Australia, and watching the Grand Final of Australian League Football. So I am a bit distracted, and these topics are not on my mind right now. However, all of these topics and more are immensely important today.
I just returned from the spring board meeting of the AMATYC Board. The most exciting thing to tell you is that the board has approved the Southwest Regional Meeting to take place in the summer of 2013. It will be a great deal of work, but I know this region is up for it. This gives all of us an opportunity to show the other regions how well we can host a meeting. Your affiliate president will be contacting you with more information.
There were many other ideas and information discussed at the meeting. One of the information items that was presented is that a few of the AMATYC committees have openings for regional representatives. I would like to have a southwest representative on all of the committees, so if you are on one of these committees, or are interested in joining these committees, and would like to represent the southwest region, please contact the chair of the following committees:
In addition, several task forces were created during the meeting. If you are interested in serving on one of these task forces, please let me know and I will forward your name to Jim Roznowski. He will contact you if there are still openings on the task force. The task forces are:
40th Anniversary Planning
Live streaming of annual conference sessions Review of Standards – Beyond Crossroads Updating the guidelines on academic preparation
In addition, there is a Statistics pre-session on Wednesday, November 7, in Jacksonville, Fl. There is no cost for the pre-session, but you will have to provide all travel costs.
Also, approved at this meeting was a pre-session on research in two-year mathematics programs, hosted by the RMETYC committee also on November 7. Look for more information on this from April Strom.
I am excited to be a part of this region. Please let me know if you need anything from me.
Kathryn Kozak, VP of the Southwest Region of AMATYC
I just got an email that the Developmental Math Committee has put out their Spring Newsletter. There are a number of interesting articles on inverted classrooms and some of the new courses under development around the country. Happy Reading!
The AMATYC Foundation will be accepting applications for grants to attend the 12th International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-12) to be held in Seoul, South Korea from July 8 to July 15, 2012. The deadline for applications to receive one of the $400 grants is March 1. Successful applicants will be notified by March 15.
To apply you may complete the attached application form or submit an online version of the form available at www.amatyc.org.
Arizona Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges