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TPSE Math Department Chairs Conversations 


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. Open to all department leadership. 


Topic Introduction and Group Discussion

 A one-hour webinar that includes a 15-minute introduction to the topic, followed by breakout room discussions related to the following questions: 1) What is your experience with cuts to math programs, majors & faculty? 2) Why are some universities cutting math programs, majors & faculty? 3) Are there actions that a math dept can take to reduce the likelihood that this will happen to them?


Presentation from a Panel of Experts

A one-hour panel discussion on the questions posed in Part One of the webinar.


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Department Chairs Conversations

Expanding Careers for Math Majors & Grad Students Webinar

MARCH 7, 2023

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

business, industry, and government.

Talitha Washington (Atlanta University Center Data Science Initiative), Fadil Santosa (Johns Hopkins University),

Sarah Olson (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), Michael Dorff (Brigham Young University & TPSE Math)

Student Support & Success in the Hybrid Era Webinar

APRIL 14, 2023

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.

Nick Shay (Columbus State Community College), Sandra Robinson (University of Toledo), Heather Robbins (University of Toledo),

Patrick Lee (Palo Alto College)

Department Chairs Conversations

Student Disconnect in Classes Since the Pandemic 

NOVEMBER 7, 2022

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.  

Tara Holm (Cornell University), William LaCourse (University of Maryland - Baltimore County),  Kimberly Muller (Lake Superior State University)​

Just Equations

The Problematic Math of College Admissions

OCTOBER 6, 2022

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. 

Veronica Anderson (PenUltimate), David Bressoud (Macalester College), Pamela Burdman (Just Equations), David Hawkins (National Association for College Admission Counseling)​

Department Chairs Conversations

Engaging and Retaining the Missing Millions

APRIL 21, 2022

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

retain the "missing millions."

Philip (Bo) Hammer (Executive Director of Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Innovation), Torina Lewis (Director for Meetings and Professional Services, AMS), Kate Marley (Professor of Biology at Doane University and PULSE Fellow)

Department Chairs Conversations

Getting to Know National Trends and Your Own Students

MARCH 3, 2022

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

Nimmi Kannankutty

(Senior Advisor, Office of the Director at the National Science Foundation)

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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Estrella Johnson (Virginia Tech)


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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