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Where New PhDs Find Community & Opportunity

The Mathematical Association of America's (MAA) Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) program is designed to support new PhDs in mathematics as they begin their careers.

Our MAA Project NExT fellows join a vibrant, supportive community of mentors and peers. Throughout the program, participants get guidance and advice on teaching, research, and navigating the academic environment, preparing early-career academics to thrive in their careers. 

Today’s MAA Project NExT fellows are tomorrow’s award-winning leaders at their institutions, influential members of the MAA, and leaders in the field of mathematical sciences.

MAA Project NExT Program

Each cohort of MAA Project NExT Fellows participates in the following:

  • A three-day MAA Project NExT Workshop in late July or early August, preceding MAA MathFest 
  • MAA Project NExT sessions during MAA MathFest
  • MAA Project NExT receptions and sessions at the Joint Mathematics Meetings
  • A one-day MAA Project NExT Workshop preceding MathFest (and more during MAA MathFest) the following year
  • A dedicated digital network that links MAA Project NExT Fellows with seasoned mathematicians, award-winning professors

At these workshops and other MAA Project NExT sessions throughout the year, Fellows explore and discuss issues that are of special relevance to new and early-career faculty, such as:

  • Strategies for engaging students in specific mathematics courses
  • Supporting students from historically underserved groups
  • Involving undergraduates in mathematical research
  • Preparing future K-12 teachers of mathematics
  • Writing grant proposals
  • Balancing teaching and research

Meet the MAA Project NExT Leadership Team

Our team brings together seasoned faculty experts in the mathematical sciences.

Christine Kelley, Director
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Trish Hammer, Associate Director
Virginia Tech

Brian Katz (BK), Associate Director
California State University, Long Beach

Alicia Prieto Langarica, Associate Director
Youngstown State University

Stephanie Salomone, Associate Director
University of Portland