February 1 Day 1060: Return to…

Normal? I’m not sure we’ll ever get back there. But its closer to “life before.” Today was a big day. I officially became the Past-President of the Mathematical Association of America. I loved my time leading this organization for the past two years despite the wrench that the pandemic through into my plans. My successor,Continue reading “February 1 Day 1060: Return to…”

December 2 Day 999: Mathematical Cooperation

It was a full day’s meeting at the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences. Presidents, Executive Directors, and friends of 19 different mathematics organizations met to work together and support each other in their efforts to promote research, improve education, and expand the uses of mathematics. It’s a great group of people and I amContinue reading “December 2 Day 999: Mathematical Cooperation”

February 23 Day 717: In Search of…Effective Leadership

I’ve been thinking about what it means to be a good leader, again. My institution is at the start of the search for a Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences. We are working on the position description, a job ad, and an assessment rubric. Pulling together the desired characteristics and experiences ofContinue reading “February 23 Day 717: In Search of…Effective Leadership”

May 7 Day 425: What I Miss About Meetings in Person

I have just completed two days of virtual board meetings, the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS) today and Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM) yesterday. Prior to that I participated in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) annual meeting virtually over eight days. What do all these events have in common?Continue reading “May 7 Day 425: What I Miss About Meetings in Person”

February 1 Day 330: Actually Day 1

When I woke up this morning, I didn’t feel any different. I’ve worked with the MAA for many years in many different roles. However, today you may call me Madame President and my husband, the First Gentleman of Mathematics (but he would prefer the First Exponent). I am honored to start a two year termContinue reading “February 1 Day 330: Actually Day 1”

December 8 Day 275: Preparing to be Presidential

Today was the first day of the “Developing Your Leadership 2021 Game Plan” Workshop run by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE). MAA Executive Director Michael Pearson suggested that we attend together and I am glad that I took him up on the offer. I have written on leadership a couple ofContinue reading “December 8 Day 275: Preparing to be Presidential”

October 15 Day 221: How Do We Lead?

Mathematical Association of America’s Board of Directors met virtually. I had the pleasure of leading the kick-off activity. There is a tacit assumption that Board Member = Leader. But in fact, leadership has nothing to do with title, position, or authority. I really like Kevin Kruse’s definition: Leadership:  A process of social influence that maximizesContinue reading “October 15 Day 221: How Do We Lead?”

May 8 Day 61: Leadership

Look around you. Who is leading? Who gets to lead? And how are they doing at it? The COVID-19 crisis has elevated some leaders to new heights while exposing serious flaws in others. So what makes someone an effective leader? In my opinion, they need to have: a clear and well-articulated vision; the ability toContinue reading “May 8 Day 61: Leadership”