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Ackerman, Michael; Fenton, William E.; Raymond, Anne M. – PRIMUS, 2020
A Mathematics Department Chair plays many roles within the department and within the university as a whole. Facilitating the development and teaching of mathematics services courses requires working with mathematics faculty as well as members of other departments on campus. In this paper, we discuss many issues related to the Department Chair's…
Descriptors: Department Heads, Administrator Role, Mathematics Instruction, Course Content
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McAllister, Alex M.; Wiglesworth, Lesley; Wilson, John H. – PRIMUS, 2020
Creating a cohesive team of coworkers can be challenging in any organization, and an academic department is no exception. The Centre College Mathematics Department has established a culture of collegial collaboration by investing in developing a strong mathematical community of faculty and students, and through careful attention to the hiring and…
Descriptors: Collegiality, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Teacher Student Relationship
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Wakefield, Thomas P. – PRIMUS, 2020
Many colleges and universities recently piloted and adopted the co-requisite model of delivery of developmental mathematics while offering more options for students to fulfill their mathematics requirement. We discuss our process for piloting and ultimately implementing the co-requisite model at our university, provide preliminary data on student…
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Required Courses, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Implementation
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Shoenthal, David – PRIMUS, 2020
In this paper, I highlight several facets of personnel issues that can arise during one's time as a mathematics department chair and recommend communication strategies to address them. The strategies involve situations with individual faculty members, general communication with faculty, and communication with the administration.
Descriptors: College Mathematics, College Faculty, Department Heads, Communication Strategies
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Ashline, George – PRIMUS, 2020
After serving multiple terms as department chair at a small, liberal arts college, we have had the opportunity to develop some insights in a variety of circumstances. Through these experiences, we have formulated some advice for current and future unit leaders. We have included some general transition advice and a "top ten list" of…
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Department Heads, Administrator Role, Leadership Responsibility
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Aboufadel, Edward – PRIMUS, 2020
This article describes a program of study for developing excellence in academic leadership in mathematics departments. It is organized as a seminar that features a wide selection of readings and case studies. The seminar can be pursued through self-study or with a group of interested faculty, providing opportunities for current and future leaders.…
Descriptors: Seminars, Leadership, Leadership Effectiveness, Mathematics
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Dunnigan, Gerri – PRIMUS, 2020
I describe an assignment by school administrators to develop a journal ranking system for the department of mathematics to be incorporated into our departmental assessment plan for all tenured and tenure track faculty.
Descriptors: Periodicals, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Evaluation
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Duncan, B. L. – PRIMUS, 2020
We present an outline for a year-long training session for potential departmental leaders. This outline is based on training led by the author over one academic year. The training consists of nine sessions with an emphasis on active learning among the participants.
Descriptors: Management Development, Department Heads, Active Learning, Leadership Training
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Prasad, Priya V. – PRIMUS, 2020
Mathematics teachers need to teach students more than just a laundry list of mathematical skills. Many of us also want to train our students to use mathematical habits of mind. However, traditional grading schemes usually do not allow us to reward intellectual courage and modesty. In this paper, I report on my implementation of specifications…
Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Grading, Mathematics Skills, Thinking Skills
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Kelly, Jessica Stewart – PRIMUS, 2020
When contemplating the introduction of mastery grading into the classroom, a fear of student resistance can prevent the implementation entirely. However, by taking a proactive stance against student resistance, instructors can give mastery grading the best chance of being successful. This paper focuses on the ways in which the instructor can…
Descriptors: Grading, Resistance (Psychology), Student Motivation, Motivation Techniques
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Cooper, Andrew A. – PRIMUS, 2020
Mastery grading is an approach to grading in which students are assigned term grades based on whether they meet certain enumerated objectives, rather than accumulating points. In this note, I describe my experiences using a mastery system, which I call techniques grading, which applies the insights behind the standards-based and specifications…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Grading, Mastery Learning, Evaluation Methods
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Cilli-Turner, Emily; Dunmyre, Justin; Mahoney, Thomas; Wiley, Chad – PRIMUS, 2020
While you may be ready to make the change to implementing Mastery Grading, you may still wonder exactly how to do this. This paper seeks to compile recommendations on implementing mastery grading from various sources as well as examples from our own experiences. The reader should expect a detailed overview of the components involved in mastery…
Descriptors: Grading, Mastery Learning, Evaluation Methods, Program Implementation
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Elsinger, Jason; Lewis, Drew – PRIMUS, 2020
This article describes a framework of Standards-Based Grading suitable for use in a variety of mathematics courses. We detail our experience adapting this framework to various courses, ranging from Pre-calculus to Differential Equations, at four different institutions, including both small liberal arts colleges and large universities, and in class…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Grading, Mathematics Education, College Mathematics
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Mangum, A. – PRIMUS, 2020
This paper gives a blueprint for reacting to the various issues that an instructor will face in their day-to-day life as the manager of a Mastery-Based Testing (MBT) classroom. For example, I created a rubric to compare traditional testing with MBT, adapted my office hours to accommodate more retake opportunities, and required effort between…
Descriptors: Mastery Tests, Testing, Calculus, College Mathematics
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Harsy, Amanda – PRIMUS, 2020
As educators, it is important for us to recognize that our assessment methods affect student attitudes. If we want students to learn from their mistakes and counteract a fixed-mindset of learning, perhaps we should look at what we incentivize in the classroom. Some professors are attempting to counteract math and test anxiety, poor STEM retention,…
Descriptors: Testing, Mastery Tests, Mastery Learning, Mathematics Instruction
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