Dr. Keith Kendig, a Mathematics professor, was honored as the recipient of the College of Science 2008 Jearl Walker Outstanding Teaching Award.
Dr. Kendig earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree with honors in 1960, a Master’s of Arts in 1962, and a Ph.D. in 1965, all in Mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles. He also served as a Research Assistant in Mathematics at the same institution. Since 1971, Dr. Kendig has been a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics here at Cleveland State University where he now holds the position of Professor.
During his 30+ years at CSU, Dr. Kendig has been the recipient of many awards. He has received the Senior Scholar-Class I Award in both 1980 and 1982; a NSF grant “Integrating Instructional Computing into Differential Equations Courses” in 1995; the CSU Teaching Enhancement Award in 1997 for “Geometry at CSU: Instruction and Recruiting”; the Lester R. Ford Prize of the Mathematical Association of America for an article entitled, “Is a 2000 year old Formula Still Keeping Some Secrets?”; and in 2003 the CSU Merit Recognition Award. Keith has re-invigorated the field of mathematics through his numerous publications and remains passionate about his students understanding the tools and concepts of math. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of The Spectrum Book Series of The Mathematical Association of America and the Associate Editor of Mathematics Magazine, a journal published by The Mathematical Association of America.
Keith was a pioneer in his field advocating group learning through discussion when other teachers were instructing by lecture only. His dedication to his students and the teaching field is evident by the way he instills students with a mathematical way of thinking rather than just having them memorize theorems and with his supervision of MA and MS exit projects. He encourages professors to engage students in their research, prepares our students for careers, and encourages high school teachers to introduce innovative methods into their classrooms. He is an inspiration to the students he teaches and has influenced many.
To quote some of Keith’s past students:
The College of Science faculty, staff and students are proud to recognize the enthusiasm and devotion of Dr. Keith Kendig as the 2008 recipient of the Jearl Walker Outstanding Teaching Award.
View pictures from the Award Luncheon.