Wake Forest professor wins distinguished teaching award
March 16, 2009
Hugh Howards, associate professor of mathematics at Wake Forest University, has won the 2009 Distinguished Teaching Award of the Southeastern Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). The MAA announced the award at its regional meeting in Nashville on March 14.
The Southeast regional section of the MAA represents five states and more than 210 colleges and universities within those states. Howards is the first Wake Forest faculty member to win this prize.
“I have known many people who are excellent teachers because of their innate talent,” says Stephen Robinson, professor and chair of the mathematics department at Wake Forest. “They have some combination of sharp intellect, good humor and showmanship that sets them apart at the front of a classroom. They captivate an audience and inspire students who had no idea that they could be inspired by mathematics. I have also known many people who are excellent teachers because of their dedication. Students really know that the teacher cares about them and is willing to work hard to help the student succeed. Hugh is one of those rare individuals who have both the talent and the dedication.”
Howards earned his bachelor’s degree from Williams College and his doctorate from the University of California at San Diego. He began teaching at Wake Forest in 1997 and was named a Sterge Faculty Fellow in 2003. He won the 2004 Reid-Doyle Prize for Excellence in Teaching.