ERIC Number: ED367533
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Dec-31
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching Postdoctoral Positions in Mathematics.
Corzatt, Clifton; Humke, Paul
More Ph.D. mathematicians are going into teaching positions with relatively little training or experience in college teaching. This document reports on a project in which Ph.D. mathematicians were given teaching internships at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, in order to develop teaching skills, promote research activity, facilitate teacher socialization of the interns, develop future leaders in the profession, and enhance the viability of using mentors to acclimate new teaching faculty. The first section of the report provides background information and a rationale for the project. The second section describes the hiring of interns, the training of mentors, and project activities. The third section presents the project goals. The fourth section indicates present and predicted project outcomes. The project directors conclude that: (1) the program is attractive to Ph.D. mathematicians; (2) the postdoctoral program is effective in creating master classroom teachers; (3) interns gain professional know-how that, in turn, invigorates the veteran faculty; (4) effective teaching entails a complicated symbiosis of personality, technique, philosophy, and understanding of mathematics; and (5) release time built into the program is critical to its success. Three appendices contain recruiting materials, consultants' reports, and conference materials. (MDH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Saint Olaf Coll., Northfield, Minn.