Dr. Alex McAllister, professor of mathematics at Centre College, is the 2015 recipient of the Kentucky Section of the Mathematical Association of America’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
The Mathematical Association of America is devoted to promoting and encouraging the study, teaching and learning of mathematics. McAllister’s welcoming teaching style and concrete approach exemplifies this commitment to mathematics, making him an outstanding candidate and recipient for this award, as noted by Assistant Professor of Mathematics Joel Kilty, who led McAllister’s nomination. Letters of support were contributed by student Tristan Conroy’15 and alumna Cara Monical ’13.
“Students note that Professor McAllister challenges them, but provides the kind of support throughout the challenge so that they are able to achieve much more than even they expected,” says Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Stephanie Fabricius.
“He is very engaged in all aspects of the life of the college—and always with that ‘big McAllister smile,'” she continued. “I’m very happy to see Professor McAllister being recognized beyond our campus for his excellent work in the classroom.”
McAllister holds a B.S. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. He joined the Centre College faculty in 1999 as an assistant professor of mathematics. In 2009, he received the Kirk Teaching Award, and he was honored as a Centre Scholar both in 2005 and in 2010. McAllister was also a research assistant at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
by Morgan King ’16
May 12, 2015