Fall 2020 ArizMATYC @ Rio Salado CC


Join mathematics faculty from throughout the Southwest for the Fall 2020 ArizMATYC Conference. The conference will be held at the Tempe Campus of Rio Salado College in Tempe, Arizona on Friday, October 2.

This conference will include a keynote speaker, breakout sessions, and vendor tables in addition to a delicious breakfast, lunch, and ice cream social.

Keynote Speaker

Kate SmithKate Smith was appointed interim president of Rio Salado College (RSC) and Maricopa Corporate College (MCOR) in August 2018. Both RSC and MCOR are located in Tempe, Arizona and part of the Maricopa Community College District which serves 200,000+ students annually. Rio Salado College is the largest of the District’s ten colleges and serves nearly 53,000 students each year with nearly 28,000 students accessing their courses online. Maricopa Corporate College provides customized non-credit training for business and industry.

Smith has more than 24 years of experience in education. She is a highly regarded and enthusiastic leader who advocates for student success on all levels. In addition, Smith understands the barriers that non-traditional students face and is dedicated to providing them with flexible, affordable access to college.

Smith joined Rio Salado in 2016 as the vice president of academic affairs and chief academic officer. In this role she was responsible for adult basic education, community development and partnerships, continuing education, curriculum, early college, faculty, library services, the honors program, incarcerated re-entry programs, institutional research and effectiveness, instructional design, instruction helpdesk, military programs, online and hybrid/blended learning, certificates and degrees, and corporate and government partnerships. She has a master’s degree in mathematical education from the University of Rochester and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and German from William Smith College.

Before becoming a member of Rio Salado College’s Executive Team, Smith served as the dean of the academic foundations division at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York. Early in her career, she was an instructor, was then promoted to the role of full professor and later served in administration. Prior to her time at Monroe, she taught high school mathematics and served as a consultant to Hobart and William Smith Colleges and local companies on college and career mathematics readiness.

Smith is passionate about learning, giving back, mathematics and supporting friends and family. She and her husband Dennis live in Ahwatukee and enjoy spending time running and hiking Arizona trails.


Presentations for the Fall ArizMATYC Conference can focus on topics such as instruction, history of mathematics, applied math, technology, strategies for success, opportunities for growth, and/or student success.

Proposals must be submitted by Friday, September 4, 2020.

Link to Presenter Application Form coming soon


The conference organizers welcome your application to preside at the Fall ArizMATYC Conference. Presiders introduce the speaker, assist the speaker and see that sessions end promptly.

Applications to preside must be submitted by Friday, September 11, 2020.

Link to Presider Application Form coming soon


Registration for the Fall ArizMATYC Conference will open soon. Registration for the conference is $30.  Student registration is $5.

Link to Registration for the ArizMATYC Conference coming soon


Vendors may purchase tables ($100 or $175) or a presentation ($102021-APRIL-POSTCARD 0). Sponsorship is also available for the conference. Vendors should follow the link below to register and pay for conference services.

Link to Vendor Registration Form coming soon


Conference Hotel:
Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel Tempe  480-967-6600  $201 per night
1600 South 52nd Street, Tempe, AZ 85281 (10 min walk to Rio Salado Conference Center) 

Alternatives Nearby:
Hampton Inn & Suites 480-410-6400
1550 South 52nd Street, Tempe AZ 85281 (7 min walk to Rio Salado Conference Center)

Red Roof PLUS+ Tempe – Phoenix Airport 480-449-3205
2135 West 15th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281 (5 min walk to Rio Salado Conference Center)

Extended Stay America – Phoenix – Airport – Tempe 480-557-8880
2165 West 15th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281 (3 min walk to Rio Salado Conference Center)

Comfort Suites Phoenix Airport 480-446-9500
1625 South 52nd Street, Tempe, AZ 85281 (10 min walk to Rio Salado Conference Center)


The conference will be held in the Conference Center at the Tempe Campus of Rio Salado College in Tempe, Arizona at 2323 W 14th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281.

Rio Salado Tempe Campus Map  


For questions about the conference, please contact Rachel DeAlejandro // rachel.dealejandro@riosalado.edu

For questions about this page, contact webmaster@arizmatyc.org.


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