The Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Awards honor college or university professors who have been widely recognized as extraordinarily successful and whose teaching effectiveness has been shown to have had influence beyond their own institutions.
Dave Kung is recognized for outstanding teaching and mentorship, as well as his leadership in making mathematics more inclusive at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. His passion for teaching mathematics is contagious, inspiring everyone he interacts with. “I am incredibly honored to receive the Haimo Award,” said Dave Kung. “I appreciate the work done by the committee to diversify the list of recipients. I dedicate this to the many faculty—especially those of color—whose work has gone unacknowledged over many decades. We must do better, myself included.”
David Austin is recognized for exemplary mathematics teaching at Grand Valley State University and his expansion of programs to build relationships between indigenous communities and the broader mathematical community. David said, “Having myself learned from so many others, it’s humbling to accept this award. I do so as a representative of all of us for whom every student is a gift to be nurtured and valued.”
Elaine Kasimatis is recognized as a thoughtful and inspiring teacher. She is also a caring mentor whose support builds her students’ penchant for persevering to make sense of the mathematics they are exploring. “Receiving the Haimo Award fills me with gratitude and joy,” said Elaine Kasimatis. “I’m thankful for opportunities to work with visionary mentors, venturesome teachers, and spirited students who challenge and encourage me to find ways to make math accessible and meaningful to all.”
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