Twice each year the Arizona Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges (ArizMATYC) holds a conference for mathematics instructors from two-year institutions in Arizona. These conferences offer various sessions of interest to mathematics educators, as well as a meeting for the Mathematics Articulation Task Force where representatives from Arizona community colleges and four-year universities address articulation issues.
This spring, ArizMATYC had the unique opportunity of holding a joint meeting with the Southwestern Section of the Mathematical Association of America and the Southwestern Undergraduate Mathematics Research Conference. Over the course of three days, more than 230 registrants from a dozen states converged on Pima Community College’s beautiful Downtown Campus to attend sessions on programs for pre- and in-service teachers, technology in teaching, undergraduate mathematics research, developmental education, applied and pure mathematics, and engaging students in mathematics. There was a stimulating panel discussion on how to find a job in industry with a mathematics degree and keynote speeches from Dr. Phil Kutzko, Dr. Steven Dunbar, Dr. Omayra Ortega, and Dr. Rebecca McGraw. Dr. Kutzko informed attendees of the National Alliance, a partnership of faculty working to increase the number of underrepresented students in the math sciences. Dr. Dunbar provided a brief history and role of Mathematical Olympiads in mathematical culture. Dr. Ortega shared her interesting journey to and current research in mathematical epidemiology. Dr. McGraw discussed research areas such as technology, cross-cultural comparisons, curriculum and assessment development and the psychology of learning. Finally, we welcomed with a diverse group of presenters consisting of faculty, instructors, K-12 teachers, graduate students and undergraduate students coming from Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Nebraska, North Carolina and Michigan.
We are grateful to Pima Community College for hosting and to all of the participants, presiders, special session organizers and keynote speakers for contributing to the success of this conference. We look forward to our next conference scheduled this fall at Yavapai CC in Prescott, Arizona.