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TPSE hosts regular virtual webinars, as well as participates in conferences & workshops in person. 


MAA MATHFEST | August 2-5, 2023

TPSE Math and consultants Abbe Herzig and Aris Winger will host in-person DEI workshops at Mathfest 2023 in Tampa, FL. 

Details to come. 


Department Chairs Conversations: Expanding Careers for Math Majors & Grad Students Webinar

Panelists: Talitha Washington (Director, Atlanta University Center Data Science Initiative), Fadil Santosa (Dept Head of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Johns Hopkins University), Sarah Olson (Dept Head of Mathematical Sciences, Worcester Polytechnic Institute), Michael Dorff (Former Dept Chair of Mathematics, Brigham Young University)

Moderator: William Kirwan (TPSE Math)

A virtual discussion about how you and your department can better prepare math majors and graduate students for careers in business, industry, and government.


Sponsored in part by TPSE Math 

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


Student Support & Success in the Hybrid Era Webinar

Presenters: Nick Shay (Columbus State Community College), Sandra Robinson (University of Toledo), Heather Robbins (University of Toledo), Patrick Lee (Palo Alto College)


Moderator: Brit Kirwan (TPSE Math)

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 

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

Moderator: William (Brit) Kirwan (TPSE Math)

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

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

Moderator: David Kung (Charles A. Dana Center, UT Austin)

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

Panelists: 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)

At our first TPSE Chairs meeting, Nimmi Kannankutty (Senior Advisor, Office of the Director at the National Science Foundation) presented Getting to know national trends and your own students. She shared stepby-step instructions on accessing national and institutional data on mathematics students. The presentation slides can be viewed here and the recording can be viewed here. She closed by discussing 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.

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

Estrella Johnson (Virginia Tech)

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.

Department Chairs Conversations:
Getting to Know National Trends and Your Own Students

Nimmi Kannankutty

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

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

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