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NMSU mathematics professor wins regional teaching award

David Pengelley, professor of mathematics at New Mexico State University, has received the 2008 Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics in the Southwest region of the Mathematical Association of America.

Pengelley has developed several innovative teaching programs, as well as new Honors College and graduate courses, focusing on using student projects in calculus teaching, student learning from primary historical sources, and student-centered, inquiry-based teaching as an alternative to lecturing.

The award was presented at the annual meeting of the Southwest region of the Mathematical Association of America at Arizona State University.

"I enjoy inventing and carrying out new approaches to teaching that no one else is attempting and being at the forefront of trying new ways of inspiring students and bringing out the best in them; engendering a love of mathematics through their own achievements," Pengelley said.

Pengelley was nominated by Annie Selden, professor emerita of mathematics education in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at NMSU.

The nomination included several outside letters of recommendation from former students, as well as colleagues, and automatically becomes a nomination for the national Haimo Teaching Award of the Mathematical Association of America.

For more information on Pengelley's teaching visit http://www.math.nmsu.edu/~davidp.