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MAA Math Study Tour Summer 2008
Loyola Marymount University
Jacqueline M. Dewar is Professor of Mathematics at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Dewar received her undergraduate degree in Mathematics from St. Louis University and her doctorate in Mathematics from the University of Southern California.
Recently her work has focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) both in mathematics and also more broadly in higher education. From 2006- 2009 she led LMU's team supporting the university's work as the coordinating institution of the 2006-9 Carnegie Affiliates to the Institutional Leadership Program. She coordinated the final public dissemination of the work and insights of the 17 Carnegie Affiliate institutions on the attraction and value of SoTL in the July 2010 issue of the Transformative Dialogues journal.
Over the years she has been significantly involved with teacher preparation. From 1995-2001, she worked with a team of faculty from ten institutions of higher education in the greater Los Angeles area to form the Los Angeles Collaborative for Teacher Excellence (LACTE), a 5-year, $5,500,000 NSF-funded initiative with the goal of improving K-12 teacher preparation programs in science and mathematics. During 1999-2001, she served on the advisory board for the High School Mathematics from an Advanced Standpoint project funded by the Stuart Foundation. She also has considerable experience in programs that target underrepresented female students in math and science, including three rounds of funding from the MAA-Tensor Women and Mathematics program for the project "Women and Mathematics for Future Teachers."
In 2003, she was selected as one of 26 scholars for the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning based on her proposal to study how mathematics contributes to a liberal education. In 2004 she was team leader on a SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) grant to develop a quantitative literacy course that engages students in campus or local community issues though group projects. In 2006, the course was designated by SENCER as an Emerging Model course and course information is disseminated on the SENCER website and on the course webpage.
She received the Mathematical Association of America's Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics (2006) and Loyola Marymount University's President's Fritz B. Burns Distinguished Teaching Award (2005). In addition to co-authoring several textbooks, she has written book reviews for Teaching Children Mathematics, and published articles in The Arithmetic Teacher, College Mathematics Journal, Collegiate Microcomputer, Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations, Mathematics and Computer Education, National Teaching and Learning Forum, PRIMUS: Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies, and several additional journals that focus on scholarship of teaching and learning and faculty development.
History of My Teaching Career