Thursday, October 9, 2008

Jim Matthews, Chair of the Faculty Committee Inducted into New york State Mathematics Educators Hall of Fame

By: Alexandra Tooulias '11

Professor Jim Matthews was recently inducted into the New York State Mathematics Educators Hall of Fame by the New York State Association of Mathematics Supervisors. During his career, Matthews has demonstrated excellence in the mathematics community and a dedication to his profession that has been on display at Siena for the past 26 years.

Matthews, a 1978 graduate from Montclair State College, holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and two master's degrees in mathematics and computer science from the University at Albany. At Siena, he has taught courses ranging from the Analysis of Alogrithms to Discrete Mathematics and is currently the chair of the faculty committee. During his tenure, he has served as head of the Computer Science Department, supervised countless independent studies and field experiences, served as liason to students pursuing their teaching certification in math, presented numerous papers at professional conferences and in 1996 he was awarded the Jerome Walton Award for Excellence in Teaching.

His approach to educating and motivating students has also been on display within the Chatham School District where he has served as an advisor for the Chatham Middle School Mathematics Club as well as a Chatham Elementary School Mathematics Volunteer. His commitment to mathematical education at all levels indicates his true character; that of a dedicated mentor.

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