During the last few years, the workshop has facilitated discussions on a variety of topics of interest to college and university faculty. Topics in the past have included connections between automorphic forms and other areas or mathematics, how to find the right job, encouraging and retaining under-represented groups in number theory, grant writing, how to choose the right jounal, and balancing a career with a personal life. Based on the success of previous sessions, we plan to hold discussions again this year.
We will host
panels this year: one
specifically geared towards graduate students and/or those on the
market (or, rather, who are about to be on the market); the other will
be aimed towards mathematicians in any stage of their career.
Panel 1: Monday at 4:30--Preparing for the academic job market
We will focus on the application process for jobs in academia, identifying differences between applications for research posts and posts at institutions where teaching is highly valued. Our panelists (from a range of institutions) will share their experiences on strengthening the application components, interviewing at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, and visiting the prospective institution for the on-campus interview.
Thomas Shemanske--Dartmouth College
Jim Brown--Clemson University
Anna Haensch--Duquesne University
Alok Shukla--University of Oklahoma
Howard Skogman--The College at Brockport
Panel 2: Wednesday at 4:30--Good Mathematical Writing
Looking at the mathematical literature, we all know that some books and papers are easier to read than others. Often the difference seems to be rooted in the presentation rather than the nature of the material. But what precisely constitutes good mathematical writing? Is it possible to present even the most difficult material in an accessible way? How important is it for the profession that our papers are polished? Is there more value in proving a new theorem, or in improving the exposition of existing research? Our panelists will share their insights into the art of mathematical writing.
Ralf Schmidt--University of Oklahoma
Matt Boylan--University of South Carolina
Marie Jameson--University of Tennessee
Andrew Knightly--University of Maine
Djordje Milićević--Bryn Mawr College