4/20/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – Dr. Christopher Swanson, professor of mathematics and director of the Honors Program at Ashland University, has been named president of the Ohio Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) for the next two years.
Swanson, who has been a member of MAA since 1991, first joined the group as an undergraduate math major at Denison University and has been involved with MAA in various ways since becoming a professor at AU in 1999. His involvement has included:
· Co-Coordinator of Ohio NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) for 12 years after being an Ohio NExT Fellow for five years.
· Member of Ohio Section of MAA's Committee on Student Members for eight years (fall 2003 to spring 2011).
· Member of the Ohio Section of the MAA’s Committee on Curriculum for two years (fall 2001 to spring 2003).
· Recipient of 2014 Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics of the Ohio Section of the MAA.
· Presenter of 12 contributed papers and six invited addresses or workshops at Ohio Section of the MAA meetings or Ohio NExT Workshops.
The Mathematical Association of America is the largest professional society that focuses on mathematics accessible at the undergraduate level. Members include university, college, and high school teachers; graduate and undergraduate students; pure and applied mathematicians; computer scientists; statisticians; and many others in academia, government, business, and industry.
The mission of the Ohio MAA is “to advance the mathematical sciences for faculty members in the Ohio Section, which includes all of Ohio and western West Virginia.”
Swanson, a native Ohioan originally from the Massillon/Canton area, graduated as the valedictorian of Massillon Perry High School in 1990 and as the salutatorian with his B.S. from Denison University in 1994. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1999 under the direction of Thomas F. Storer and immediately joined the faculty at Ashland University, where he has also been the director of the university-wide Honors Program for the last nine years.
At Ashland, he served as a faculty advisor for the AU Student Chapter of the MAA, the Ohio Rho chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon and the AU Problem Solving Group. Swanson also created and oversees Ashland University’s actuarial science major. His research interests are combinatorics and probability.
In 2006, Swanson received the national Alder Award from the MAA in recognition for distinguished teaching by a beginning mathematics faculty member. In his spare time, he enjoys watching movies, playing disc golf, cycling and participating in the applied probability seminar.
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.