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MAA Announces 2023 T. Christine Stevens Award for Leadership Development Winner

The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) is pleased to recognize Edward F. Aboufadel, PhD, with its 2023 T. Christine Stevens Award for Leadership Development.

T. Christine Stevens Award

The MAA T. Christine Stevens Award for Leadership Development is named in honor of MAA Project NExT’s co-founder. It’s the Association’s annual recognition of the importance of professional development that seeks to build leadership capacity. It is awarded to a person or persons who has (have) performed significant, sustained work to cultivate and strengthen leadership skills within the mathematical sciences across the full range of professional activities.

About This Year’s Recipient 

Dr. Edward F. Aboufadel has served for 28 years at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) holding positions that include Assistant Chair and Chair of the Mathematics Department and Assistant/Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. He earned his PhD from Rutgers University in 1992. Dr. Aboufadel has contributed to the development of many other leaders. His accomplishments include chairing the MAA’s Committee on Faculty and Departments (2016-2022); serving as Secretary of Section A (Mathematics) for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2006-2014); writing extensively about leadership and leadership development; creating a leadership development seminar at GVSU (across academic disciplines); and modeling collaborative, inclusive, problem-solving leadership.

While Dr. Aboufadel has also invested himself in the development of future leaders in the community. Dr. Aboufadel is an advocate for inclusive leadership practices that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. He’s been recognized at GVSU for his extensive work supporting LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff through his administrative role in the provost’s office.

“I am deeply honored to receive the 2023 MAA’s T. Christine Stevens Award for Leadership Development,” Dr. Aboufadel says. “This work can only be done in collaboration with fantastic, creative colleagues, and I appreciate the opportunities that have arisen over the last several years to collaborate with others on initiatives of the MAA, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), my home institution (GVSU), and elsewhere.”