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Department Chairs Conversations

Leading a Math Department in the 21st Century

Math departments at universities & colleges throughout the U.S. have seen cuts to the number of faculty positions & programs as exhibited by West Virginia University. Join department chairs and program leaders from across the country to discuss how best to navigate these issues.

Department Chairs Conversations

Expanding Careers for Math Majors & Grad Students Webinar

A virtual discussion about how you and your department can better prepare math majors and graduate students for careers in

business, industry, and government.

Student Support & Success in the Hybrid Era Webinar

A virtual discussion about challenges Math departments, faculty and students are facing in the hybrid era.

Learn about resources and solutions for student success. Sponsored by the Lower Division Pathways TPSE Math Advisory Group.

Department Chairs Conversations

Student Disconnect in Classes Since the Pandemic 

Departments are having to deal with the impact that the COVID learning deficits have had on math readiness for incoming students. Some departments are experiencing an increased demand for lower-level math courses. The panel discusses the impact of disconnected students and what departments are doing to help the students succeed in classes, followed by an audience Q&A.  

Just Equations

The Problematic Math of College Admissions

Calculus is rarely a requirement for admission into four-year colleges or universities. Yet, college bound students looking for a competitive advantage often feel the need to take Calculus to increase their chances of acceptance–especially for selective postsecondary institutions. Factoring Calculus into the admissions process as a measure of rigor, or to assess student talent ignores the fact that not all students have access to Calculus and reinforces inequity—with a pronounced effect on underserved students. It also overlooks the rapid expansion of 21st century courses like data science and statistics that better align with many students’ aspirations. This session highlights findings from a national survey of admissions professionals exploring the role of math course-taking in admission decisions. Leading thinkers on the issue discuss what drives the race to calculus and the opportunities to align admissions with 21st century math pathways. 

Department Chairs Conversations

Engaging and Retaining the Missing Millions

In this webinar, we will follow up with what departments and mathematical communities can DO to engage and

retain the "missing millions."

Department Chairs Conversations

Getting to Know National Trends and Your Own Students

A virtual step-by-step demonstration on accessing national and institutional data on mathematics students.

Research Evidence for Active Learning:
What We Know, What We're Pretty Sure of, and What We
Still Need to Figure Out

JUNE 15, 2022

This webinar provides an overview of the preponderance of research on the use of “active learning” in undergraduate STEM courses, calling specific attention to the consensus findings of this research, while also addressing nuances and considerations that challenge the oversimplified idea that “any active learning is better for all students”. Johnson highlights promising strategies and resources for those considering pedagogical changes at their own institutions, and follows up with what departments and mathematical communities can DO to engage and retain the missing millions.

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OLSUME hosts regular virtual seminars on a variety of Math Education topics. Visit the OLSUME website for upcoming events or peruse the archive for recordings of past events. 


Sponsored in part by TPSE Math 

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