Mathematics Excellence Award Recipient
Susan S. Wood
The AMATYC ME Award is given every two years to an educator who has made outstanding contributions to mathematics or mathematics education at the two-year college. Susan S. Wood was presented with this prestigious award at the 34th AMATYC annual conference in Washington, DC. She was nominated for the award by VMATYC (Virginia Mathematical Association of Two-Year colleges).
Susan’s professional career includes 26 years in the classroom at J. Sargent Reynolds CC, multiple administrative assignments, activities to promote teacher preparation in two-year colleges, President of National Association of Community College Teacher Programs (NACCTEP), and currently as Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Effectiveness at the Virginia Community College System. The list of her professional activities is extensive, including service to VMATYC and to AMATYC, as Mid-Atlantic Vice President, Past President, and Project Director of the Beyond Crossroads initiative.
In the nomination materials for Susan, it was stated that she is a "TRUE EDUCATOR.” The true educator is one who draws forward what is within reach of those he/she teaches and inspires. One student said "Susan does not view education as a job. It is a WAY OF LIFE.” She has inspired others to be innovative and resourceful, to improve the education of mathematics students, teachers of mathematics students, and faculty in general.
This 2008 ME Award Committee was chaired by Judy Ackerman and included a representative from each of the 8 AMATYC regions (Kit Arbuckle, Jodi Cotton, Gregory Daubenmire, Martha Goshaw, Linda Hoppe, Louise Olshan, Joanne Peeples, and Larisa Russell). The applications were received in late 2007 and ranked according to national reputation, leadership, presentations, awards and grants, publications, local and state professional activities, teaching expertise, and other contributions.