AU Professor Receives Meritorious Service Award

AU Professor Receives Meritorious Service Award

8/6/19 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University Professor of Mathematics Dr. Christopher Swanson received the Meritorious Service Award in recognition for his outstanding service to the Ohio Section of the Mathematical Association of America. 

Swanson received the award at the Mathematical Association of America's MathFest conference held July 31 to Aug. 3 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Every five years, the Ohio Section selects one member to receive this Meritorious Service Award. 

The Ohio Section’s nomination of Swanson noted that he has been actively involved at the national and section level, serving as president of the Ohio Section for two years, serving as a co-coordinator for Ohio NExT (a professional development program for new math faculty) for 12 years, serving on the Committee on Student Members for eight years, and presenting multiple invited national MAA panel discussions and Ohio NExT workshops.

Swanson, who joined Ashland University faculty in 1999, will be serving as chair of AU’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science in the upcoming academic year after serving as director of the University-wide Honors Program for 12 years.

He is the developer of AU's actuarial science major, advisor to AU's team for the national William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition and organizer of AU’s Problem Solving Group. He also is the recipient of Ohio Section of the Mathematical Association of America's Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics and national Mathematical Association of America's Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by Beginning College or University Mathematics Faculty Member.

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Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, comprehensive private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Religiously affiliated with the Brethren Church, Ashland University ( deeply 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. ###