TPSE Commitment to Address Systemic Racial Injustice

TPSE Math stands in solidarity with those protesting the systemic racism that has plagued our nation since its founding. The brutal killings of George Floyd and so many others by law enforcement officers have unleashed a torrent of emotions that we must now channel into fundamental change in our society, including change in the policies and practices of academia and, in particular, mathematics.

TPSE Math was formed to serve as a catalyst for change in our discipline, including significantly greater inclusion and embrace of Blacks and other historically underserved groups. For too long, too many in our community have acted as if addressing the lack of diversity in the mathematics profession was the special responsibility of those groups poorly represented within it. Indeed, it has fallen to the HBCUs and professional associations, including the National Association of Mathematicians (NAM), the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and the Association of Women in Mathematics (AWM), to be the primary sources of much of the diversity that now exists in mathematics-dependent professions.

As an organization, we pledge to learn from—and work more closely with—these pioneering institutions and organizations. Furthermore, in keeping with TPSE’s founding purpose, we pledge to identify the most promising practices for addressing the underrepresentation of minority and racialized communities in mathematics, to facilitate the emulation or adaptation of these practices, and to spur innovation aimed at creating a more inclusive and diverse community of mathematicians.

As individuals, we vow to redouble our personal efforts to dismantle systems of injustice wherever they exist within our institutions of higher education, our mathematics departments, and our classrooms.

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TPSE eNews #6

Scott Wolpert named Senior Consultant; TPSE responds to the pandemic with topical webinars addressing institutional, departmental, faculty and student concerns. Read on for details.

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Scott Wolpert Named Senior Consultant

We are pleased to announce that Professor Scott Wolpert, Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland (UMD), has been named Senior Consultant to TPSE Math. Professor Wolpert will work with the TPSE Board and staff members to develop and implement innovative strategies to strengthen and expand TPSE’s efforts related to improving graduate education in mathematics.

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Assessing Students' Learning Online: webinar follow-up

by Dave Kung

More than 300 participants attended the TPSE/MAA/AMS webinar on Assessing Student Learning on May 4, 2020. Thanks to Abbe Herzig and Nan Sattler for leading the group, to all four presenters (Abbe Herzig, Rena Levitt, Chelle Younker, and Francis Su) for sharing their insights, and to the MAA staff for setting everything up behind the scenes. Finally, thanks to all who made the webinar so engaging with the steady stream of great comments, questions and resources about the current remote teaching environment!

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Dave Kung Named Director of Strategy & Implementation

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Kung, Professor of Mathematics at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, as TPSE Math’s Director of Strategy & Implementation, on a part-time basis from April 1 through December 31, 2020. In this position, Dave will work with the TPSE Board to cultivate, expand, and drive innovative strategies to execute TPSE’s mission and goals. Among other responsibilities, he will be tasked with building the capacity of the Mathematics Advisory Group (MAG) to serve as an effective resource for advancing the TPSE agenda, and he will play a central role in TPSE’s fundraising efforts.

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TPSE eNews #5

Suzanne Weekes is appointed to the TPSE Board; the MAG Teaching Strategies and Practices invites you to join its discussions; TPSE Math seeks a part-time Director of Strategy & Implementation. Read on for details on these items and more.

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TPSE eNews #4

Have you been following TPSE’s work and wondering how you can get involved? Please read on; you’ll find opportunities to join webinars, participate in online discussion forums, contribute to a report, attend a workshop, and more.

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Data Science Webinar

TPSE's Mountain Regional Network presents:

Everything a President/Chancellor/Provost/Dean Needs to Know about Data Science Education
Monday, November 25, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. Mountain Time (2:00 PT, 4:00 CT, 5:00 ET)

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Western Regional Meeting on Graduate Education: Highlights

After several engaging and productive regional convenings related to upper-division mathematics pathways and teaching strategies and practices, graduate education for the first time was the focus of the latest regional TPSE Math meeting, held at the University of Southern California on September 14-15, 2019. Since the issue of graduate education has thus far received the least amount of attention of TPSE’s four priority areas, the Western Regional Meeting provided participants the opportunity to help shape and guide current and future thinking about how graduate programs can better prepare students seeking careers not just in academia, but also in business, industry, and government. Further, participants raised questions related to the lack of diversity in mathematics and strategized ways to make graduate programs more inclusive.

The Western Regional Meeting helped both TPSE leadership and meeting participants to surface and distill the issues, opportunities, and challenges that exist in the field, in addition to helping TPSE determine what actions are most beneficial to the broader mathematics community. Over the course of two days, institutional stakeholders – including faculty, administration, and advisors – expressed concerns and opinions, engaged in strategic dialogue related to changing student demographics and workforce demands, and talked about how to turn those conversations into action.

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TPSE eNews #3

Meeting report:
SOUTHEAST REGIONAL MEETING ON UPPER-DIVISION MATH PATHWAYS

In the last of a series of regional meetings on upper-division math pathways, which took place at Morehouse College in Atlanta in June 2019, participants discussed and strategized about approaches to enhancing mathematical learning in response to regional workforce needs or as preparation for graduate school. They were encouraged to explore multiple aspects of upper-division pathways, including updating curricula and programs, forming partnerships and fostering collaboration, and improving communication.

In the course of the meeting’s presentations and panel discussions, breakout sessions, and large group interaction, several themes central to the vision and mission of TPSE emerged: transformation, communication, mentorship, and workforce connections. Participants suggested ways that TPSE can help in each of these areas. These are detailed in the meeting summary.

Read on for more TPSE news!

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