Spring 2020 ArizMATYC / MAA Joint Conference @ GCU CANCELLED

Given the current situation, we are cancelling the Spring 2020 Joint ArizMATYC/MAA Conference. 

Those who have registered will be refunded. Thank you all for your understanding!

Take good care,

~Shannon Ruth, ArizMATYC president

Join mathematics faculty from throughout the Southwest for the Spring 2020 ArizMATYC/MAA Joint Conference. The conference will be held at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona on Friday and Saturday, April 17th and 18th, 2020.

GCU Campus at Sunset

A 20/20 View of Mathematics

The Spring Joint Conference of ArizMATYC/MAA will be an examination of current trends in mathematics education with a focus on general mathematics education and critical thinking.  There have been rapid shifts in higher education in the United States in the past decade and many of those ‘quakes’ have been felt in the general education mathematics classroom. We are interested in where we are today in our expectations for our learners’ knowledge and understanding; where we are today in dealing with innovation while still engaging and challenging our learners to strive for deeper understanding joined with practical skills. It is time for a check on our vision to see where we are today.

We invite participants to develop a talk or a poster session that they, their students, or both can present.  Presentation formats will include standard, burst, and poster sessions. Presentations for the Spring Joint MAA/ArizMATYC Conference can focus on topics such as instruction, applied mathematics, quantitative reasoning, technology, strategies for success, opportunities for growth, and/or student success. Additional ideas might include: research in the classroom, students and collaborative learning, or group projects that work.  Presenters and attendees are encouraged to explore the question around this conference’s theme: Where are we today in the teaching and learning of mathematics?

The conference will include keynotes by Bruce Bayly and Dana Ernst, breakout sessions, a poster session, and vendor tables in addition to delicious meals on campus at the GCU Arena and at our GCU Golf Clubhouse just off-campus for Friday night dinner and drinks.


Keynote Speakers 

Bruce Bayly, PhD, University of Arizona

Dana Ernst, PhD, Northern Arizona University

Special Guest Speaker Friday Afternoon

Cool Results Involving Fibonacci Numbers and Compositions

James Sellers, PhD, Secretary of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA)

Compositions provide a wonderful backdrop for a number of well-known families of numbers, especially the Fibonacci numbers. In this talk, we will gently introduce the idea of a composition of an integer (which is just an ordered sum of integers), and then discuss how various families of compositions give rise to the Fibonacci numbers, Jacobsthal numbers, and a host of generalizations. The talk will be completely self-contained and understandable by all, especially undergraduate students interested in mathematics. Conjectures and opportunities for possible undergraduate research will be discussed at the end of the talk.


Schedule – Friday

7:30 – 8:20 Breakfast, registration

8:30 – 9:30 Welcome

9:45 – 10:45 Keynote – Dana Ernst, PhD from NAU

11:00 – 12:10 Lunch, campus reports

12:30 – 1:20 Session 1 (ATF meeting)

1:40 – 2:30 Session 2 (continuation of ATF meeting, if necessary and/or ArizMATYC Business meeting)

2:50 – 3:20 afternoon break (snack)

3:30 – 4:20 Session 3

4:40 – 5:30 Session 4

6:00 – 8:00 Dinner and Drinks at GCU Golf Clubhouse – Shuttles from GCU to/from Golf Course.


Schedule – Saturday

7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast

8:50 – 9:40 Session 5

10:00 – 10:50 Session 6

11:00 – 1:00 Keynote – Bruce Bayly, PhD from U of A –  Ice Cream Social


Be a Presenter

Do you have an idea you would like to share with colleagues through a presentation? Submissions are being accepted now.  Presentation formats can be standard (50 minutes), burst (20 minutes), and poster sessions.

Proposals must be submitted by March 11th, 2020.

Presenter Application

Be a Presider

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

Presider Application


Registration for the Spring Joint MAA/ArizMATYC Conference is now open. Registration for the conference is $30. Student registration is $5. Dinner is $35. Online registration is open through Friday, April 3rd, 2020.

Late registration (after April 3rd) is $35.00 (or $10.00 for students) and an additional $40 for dinner.

Registration Form


Vendors may purchase tables ($200 or $275), an ad ($50) or a presentation ($200). Sponsorship for meals is also available for the conference. Vendors should contact Jonah Beaumont (jonah.beaumont@gcu.edu) with any questions.

Vendor Registration Form


Phoenix Sky Harber

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport



Courtyard CamelbackCourtyard Phoenix Camelback

Address: 2101 East Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85016 USA
Phone: 1-800-321-2211 or (602) 955-5200

Must book by Monday, March 16th, 2020. Link to make reservations – Book your group rate for Grand Canyon University Room Block. Identify yourself as being part of the “Grand Canyon University group staying at Courtyard Phoenix Camelback”. Higher end lodging on the east side of town – ($199/night rate on 4/16/20 and 4/17/20 for single or double).


Courtyard Phx North

Courtyard Phoenix North

Address: 9631 North Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85021
Phone: 1-800-321-2211 or (602) 944-7373

Identify themselves as part of the “GCU Room Block group staying at the Courtyard Phoenix North”. Closer to campus, just north off I-17 – ($89/night rate on 4/16/20 and 4/17/20 for single or double).


The conference will be held at Grand Canyon University. The address for GCU is 3300 W Camelback Rd in Phoenix. See link below for directions and parking info for the GCU Arena. Attendees who drive to the Joint MAA/ArizMATYC should inform campus security they are there for the conference.

GCU Arena

GCU Arena Directions & Parking

GCU Campus Map

GCU Parking Map

The conference will be held at Grand Canyon University. Attendees should park in the garage at 33rd and Camelback (see the campus map linked for directions).


For questions about the conference, contact Ben VanDerLinden at ben.vanderlinden@gcu.edu.



Arizona Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges