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SMCC Professor Honored with National Teaching Excellence Award
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Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) professor, Florence Chambers, was one of 6 professors nationwide to be honored with the 2011 Teaching Excellence Award. The American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges’ (AMATYC) presents the award biennially to math instructors at two-year colleges who display excellence in the classroom, superior professional development, and outstanding leadership qualities.

In her forty-three year career, Ms. Chambers has taught at colleges throughout the Northeast and Midwest. Shortly after arriving at SMCC in 2001 she developed the Finite Mathematics curriculum. Ms. Chambers currently teaches a range of courses from Developmental Mathematics through Calculus.

“The SMCC community is fortunate to have a professor of Florence’s caliber,” said SMCC President Ronald Cantor. “She and her colleagues provide solid mathematical foundations for a skilled, innovative workforce.”

In addition to her outstanding classroom instruction, Ms. Chambers is known for her presentations at local, state, and national conferences. In the early 1990’s, her workshops focused on the use of the graphing calculator. More recently she has facilitated programs at AMATYC and at the International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Math (ICTCM) on the use of Excel in finite mathematics courses.

“I was deeply honored when the Mathematics Department here at SMCC nominated me for this award and was overwhelmed when I learned that I was one of this year's recipients,” Chambers said. “Teaching has always been my passion. I thoroughly enjoy working with students, particularly at the community college level, and am honored to have the opportunity to play a role in their education."

The 2011 Teaching Excellence Award is just the latest recognition of Ms. Chamber’s talent as an educator. She has also received a National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Award for Teaching Excellence, the Clarence Dissinger Award for the Development of Teaching from North Central College in Illinois, and the Illinois House of Representatives Certificate of Recognition of Educational Excellence.

Ms. Chambers has also produced eleven technology supplements to textbooks ranging from developmental algebra to calculus.

In a statement announcing the award recipients, the AMATYC said, “The total number of nominees was one of the largest ever received, and the outstanding level of professionalism exhibited by each nominee made the work of the Teaching Excellence Committee very challenging.”

A high resolution photo of Ms. Chambers receiving the award is available upon request.

More information on the AMATYC can be found at: http://www.amatyc.org/aboutUs/index.htm


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