I just got my ballot for MichMATYC this weekend, which reminded me that I was nominated to run for President of MichMATYC. So I thought I would take a few minutes to write about what I hope to see in the future for MichMATYC (and for the parent organization, AMATYC). I’m not going to blindly claim that I can accomplish any of these outright, but I will do everything in my power to encourage these projects:
- Online Professional Development – In Michigan, funds for professional development have been meager as Michigan’s economy has slumped. We should be taking advantage of each other’s expertise by learning from each other in an online format (you know, like our students do). I’d like to see both organizations take a serious step forward to embrace online learning for professional training.
- Coordinated discipline statewide reviews. Why should we all reinvent the wheel? If we all tried to collect some of the same data at all of our individual colleges, we would have a massive data set for analysis of trends. MichMATYC seems like the proper group to organize these requests for 2-year community college mathematics.
- Increasing our membership rolls (for MichMATYC and AMATYC), especially amongst adjunct instructors. I have several ideas for how we might use the power of Web 2.0 to increase membership and, more importantly, get adjunct instructors involved in statewide (and nationwide) math issues and professional development.
- Survey all MichMATYC members (easy enough to do with web surveys) to see what value they get from their membership and what kinds of services MichMATYC could be providing.
So, I guess what I’m saying is – don’t throw away that ballot!
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