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Baylor Mathematics Professor Awarded Distinguished Teaching Award
April 8, 2009
by Jaime Bates, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805
Dr. John M. Davis, associate professor of mathematics at Baylor
University, has been awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award from the
Texas Section of the Mathematical Association of America. He will be
honored at the association's annual meeting April 16- 18 at the
University of North Texas.
Davis received his Ph.D. from Auburn University in 1998 and
joined the Baylor faculty in 1999. In 2003, he received the Outstanding
Faculty Teaching Award from Baylor.
"I came to Baylor because of the emphasis Baylor places on
research and teaching," Davis said. "Excellence in one area does not
preclude excellence in the other."
Davis, who began teaching as a graduate assistant in 1995, has now
taught for more than 14 years. He has taught a variety of classes
ranging from freshman calculus to junior level applied mathematics
courses for engineers and specialized courses for mathematics doctoral
students. Davis also has been actively engaged in the Advanced
Placement (AP) Calculus program for about 10 years.
"I have been blessed to study under many truly excellent
teachers," Davis said. "I have gleaned different traits from each of
them and added them to my own methods to create my personal teaching
Davis has been involved in the Mathematical Association of America
since he was a student. The award nomination required both former
students and colleagues in the mathematics department to write on
"I am honored and humbled," said Davis. "Baylor is a special place in
terms of the students I come in contact with, as well as the faculty
who are genuinely interested and engaged in being successful teachers.
I learn at least as much from my students as they do from me each
"My goal each day, and each semester, is to bring something new
and better to the classroom than I did the last time I taught the
material," Davis said. "I want students to realize that mathematics is
not a stale, esoteric subject, but rather one that is vibrant,
stimulating and very much a part of the technological world today."
The Distinguished Teaching Award also puts Davis in the pool for
the Mathematical Association of America's Deborah and Franklin Tepper
Haimo Awards for Distinguished College or University Teaching of
For more information on the Baylor mathematics department, visit www.baylor.edu/math or call (254) 710-3561.