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Lee Professors Attend Virtual SUMMIT-P Sessions

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Two Lee University professors, John Hearn and Caroline Maher-Boulis, recently participated in a virtual site visit with Augsburg University as part of SUMMIT-P.

SUMMIT-P is a national collaboration project under a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation. The project works on interdisciplinary collaborations in introductory mathematics curriculum and seeks to bring active and inclusive pedagogies to the foreground of teaching.

A team of Augsburg University faculty members has been working on revising its calculus sequence to better meet the needs of the students and the partner disciplines. Along with Hearn and Maher-Boulis, Lee University faculty Bryan Poole and Jason Robinson have been working on informing several mathematics courses, such as Algebra for Calculus and Introduction to Statistics.

“There has been exciting collaboration among mathematics faculty and faculty from partner disciplines at each SUMMIT-P institution,” said Maher-Boulis.

Hearn and Maher-Boulis represented Lee’s team in the site visit to Augsburg University in November. Several sessions were scheduled for the site visit, including observation of a Calculus I class and a Calculus I lab.

“Visiting another university was very informative to see firsthand how other institutions and professors are helping students learn,” said Hearn.

The SUMMIT-P collaboration includes over 22 universities and impacts over 52,000 undergraduate students and 200 college faculty from a wide array of disciplines. SUMMIT-P implements major recommendations from the Mathematical Association of America’s Curriculum Foundations Project and changes the undergraduate mathematics curriculum in ways that support improved STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) learning for all students while building the STEM workforce.

To learn more about SUMMIT-P, visit summit-p.com.

To learn more about the National Science Foundation, visit nsf.gov

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