Uri Treisman and six other exemplary faculty members from The University of Texas at Austin were recently announced as the 2016 Inductees into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Established to recognize and honor tenured faculty members who have made sustained and significant contributions to undergraduate education, the Academy selects its members through a rigorous evaluation process. Members of the Academy advise the president and provost on matters related to the university’s instructional mission; participate in seminars, colloquia, and workshops on teaching effectiveness; and serve as mentors to new faculty.
In the teaching statement submitted to the committee that reviewed his nomination, Treisman states, “After years of university teaching, at the forefront of my mind every time I enter the classroom is the same goal that first animated my choice of profession: to do my part in developing a next generation of mathematicians and scientists that reflects the full diversity of American society.”
Treisman also reflected on teaching Freshman Calculus (M408C) and the “three broad goals” that shape his teaching practice: “The first, a special responsibility and privilege of those who teach freshman courses, is to welcome students into a university community that honors the life of the mind and the pursuit of new knowledge. The second is to welcome students into the community of mathematicians, so that they see themselves not only as learners and users of powerful mathematical ideas and methods, but as competent individuals, who can, if they choose, eventually add to the discipline’s corpus. The third is to contribute to the knowledge base about effective teaching of mathematics and to share this knowledge broadly.”
As the founder and executive director of the Charles A. Dana Center, Treisman “does his part” both in and out of the classroom. The Dana Center supports educators in both Higher Education and K-12 through a variety of services including its upcoming Open Sessions for K-12 district leaders and opportunities with the New Mathways Project.