The following is a shameless plug for the Mathematics Division of the American Society for Engineering Education. I am the division’s program chair for next year’s conference in Atlanta, GA — the dates haven’t been released yet, but it’s always in the first half of June — which means I get to recruit presenters, set up the talks at the conference, and manage the logistics. The main thing is that we need presenters, and that’s the nature of the plug.
If you are an engineer with a passing interest in mathematics and its instruction, or a mathematics person with a passing interest in the education of engineers, this is the conference for you! And you should give a talk at the Atlanta conference. There are a number of reasons why:
- It’s a big conference, with over 4000 attending the 2012 meetings and about that many attending this year’s. Big stage for your ideas.
- It’s a different clientele than the usual math conferences, and you can get a refreshingly different perspective on mathematics. The vast majority of attendees are engineers or engineering education specialists. They want to hear about innovative approaches to teaching mathematics and have some good things to say.
- Unlike talks at MathFest or the Joint Meetings, talks in the Math Division undergo a double-blind peer review and end up as published papers in the proceedings. So from a promotion/tenure standpoint, papers presented at ASEE meetings have a bit more currency than talks presented elsewhere. These are really papers you are presenting.
- There are many good talks and workshops going on at ASEE conferences outside the Math Division. I’ve benefitted greatly from the work of the Computers in Education division and the Engineering Research Methods division personally.
- The timing of the conference usually means you won’t have to miss any classes.
- We have free food in the exhibit areas. Actual food, not just AMS-branded coffee.
So if you have the time and space, please consider submitting a talk. The call for abstracts will go out in August. You’ll need to join ASEE to present and attend, but this in itself is a pretty valuable thing to do.
As program chair, my hope is to have a small number (12-16) of very high quality talks, particularly coming from smart people who think regularly about math education issues and innovations. That would describe CO9′s readers to a “T”. So I hope you give it some thought.