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Project ACCCESS Advancing Community College Careers: Education, Scholarship and Service

Project ACCCESS Advancing Community College Careers: Education, Scholarship and Service

The American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) will soon be seeking applications for the third cohort of Project ACCCESS (Advancing Community College Careers: Education, Scholarship, and Service). Now in its third year, this project is a mentoring and professional development initiative for two-year college faculty funded through a three-year grant from the ExxonMobil Foundation. The deadline for applications is June 30, 2006.

Project ACCCESS is a program for new faculty interested in advancing the teaching and learning of mathematics in two-year colleges. Its goal is to develop a cadre of new two-year college mathematics faculty who are effective members of their profession. The four objectives of the project are to assist the selected faculty to gain knowledge of the culture and mission of the two-year college and its students, acquire familiarity with the scholarship of teaching, commit to continued growth in mathematics, and participate in professional communities.

The program has selected two cohorts, totaling 60 Project ACCCESS Fellows. In November, both groups of Fellows convened at the 2005 AMATYC annual conference in San Diego to participate in workshops designed specifically for each cohort. The 2004 Fellows concluded their formal ACCCESS activities at the conference, while the 2005 Fellows will continue their activities until the AMATYC 2006 annual conference.

Project ACCCESS Fellows attend two consecutive AMATYC Conferences where they participate in pre-conference workshops as well as regular conference activities. In the intervening year, Fellows attend an MAA Section NExT meeting near their home institution where they participate in both regular and specially designed activities. For the duration of the program, an electronic network links Project ACCCESS Fellows with each other and with a group of distinguished mathematics educators.

Approximately 30 faculty will be selected as 2006-07 Project ACCCESS Fellows. Applicants for the third cohort must be two-year college mathematics faculty in their first three years of a full-time, renewable position (i.e. Fellows selected for the third cohort may be new to community college teaching or beginning their second or third year in fall 2006). Project ACCCESS Fellows will be selected on the basis of breadth of interests, motivation for participation, plans for implementing project goals, and evidence of institutional support.

Visit the MAA website to check when applications will be available. Application deadline is June 30, 2006. More information about Project ACCCESS may be found at the MAA web site >/ProjectACCCESS and also at the AMATYC web site

News Date: 
Tuesday, March 7, 2006