Mathematics Instructor Honored
Commerce, TEXAS (Feb. 16, 2012)—Dr. Vanessa Huse, instructor of mathematics at Texas A&M University-Commerce, Navarro College campus, has been selected to serve on a committee made up of experts. Less than six individuals are chosen in each discipline at the university and community college levels throughout the state of Texas.
“As a leader in developmental and intermediate mathematics for incoming first year college students, Dr. Huse has extensive front-line experience in effective pedagogical techniques to bridge the gap between standardized K-12 curricula and a variety of college-level work,” said Grady Price Blount, Ph.D., professor of physics and dean of College of Science, Engineering & Agriculture. “Most recently she has been awarded a $134,000 grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board titled ‘Algebraic Thinking in Middle Grades’ in which she addresses the high proportion of mathematically under-prepared college freshmen by performing specialized summer institute training for middle school teachers from economically-disadvantaged rural settings.”
The council will consist of four voluntary faculty advisory committees covering mathematics, business, computer information systems, and management information systems.
"We are delighted and honored to have Dr. Huse as a member of our tuning oversight council and its respective tuning committee for mathematics," said Mary E. Smith, Ph.D. assistant deputy commissioner of academic planning and policy of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. "I know she will be an asset to the council and its work."
Honored faculty representatives were selected on the basis of the nominee’s vita and the need to balance regional, university system, and community college district representation. There were invitations sent to 44 faculty members representing 37 institutions.
“I am pleased for the appointment which will provide a valuable service to the state and A&M-Commerce,” Huse said.
The 2012 Tuning Oversight Council for Mathematics, Business, and Computer/Management Information Systems will apply the tuning and course-level alignment processes to additional high-need and high-demand disciplines.
Tuning is a faculty-led pilot project designed to provide an indication of the knowledge, skills, and abilities students should achieve prior to graduation at different degree levels.