Tarleton mathematics instructor recognized as ICTCM Fellow

Dr. John Gresham

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STEPHENVILLE (April 23, 2015) — Dr. John Gresham, instructor of mathematics at Tarleton State University, has been recognized as a fellow by the International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics (ICTCM) during its 27th annual conference in Las Vegas.

Gresham is one of just eight educators of mathematics from across the U.S. who have been named ICTCM Fellows. The designation recognizes faculty who have indicated a sustained effort to use technology for teaching mathematics, and implies a record of research, innovation, command, leadership, contributions and a long-term commitment to the ICTCM environment.

According ICTCM, the Fellows recognition “honors not only the excellent, but the extraordinary, to lift the morale of the profession by providing a singular honor” among mathematics educators and is bestowed upon those who “have reached a level of expertise achieved by only a few colleagues in this vital area of teaching mathematics.”

“I am honored to receive the recognition as an ICTCM Fellow from the International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics,” said Greshman. “The development of technology from graphing calculators to today’s computer algebra systems, Internet, and mobile devices has enabled students and teachers to build and visualize mathematical models. It is my personal goal to continue to learn about the latest tools as well as utilizing current technology to improve instruction in mathematics.”

Greshman joined the Tarleton Mathematics Department faculty in 2011, after serving as instructor and head of the math and science department at Ranger College. He has taught courses ranging from college algebra, trigonometry, contemporary mathematics as well as elementary statistics and calculus.

Gresham first attended the ICTCM annual conference in 1995, and since 1999 he has served as chair of the contributed papers committee—a part of the ICTCM program committee. The ICTCM conference brings together people from across the U.S. and other nations with the purpose of learning about the latest technologies and best practices for teaching with current technologies.

Originally focused on integrating graphing calculators and various software products in mathematics instruction, the scope of the ICTCM conference has grown to include many technology types, including analytics, mobile technology, applets, web development, computer algebra systems, programming languages, devices and 3D printing. The conference also has targeted sessions for research and teacher preparation having a technology component.

A graduate of Tarleton with a bachelor’s in mathematics, Gresham later earned both a master’s and Ph.D. in mathematics from Texas Christian University.

To view examples of Gresham’s current use of technology in his mathematics courses, visithttp://faculty.tarleton.edu/jgresham/Math%20109/sin_tran4_htm.html.

Gresham joins the following individuals who were recognized as ICTCM Fellows at the annual conference: G. Donald Allen, Texas A&M University; Przemyslaw Bogacki, Old Dominion University; Scott McDaniel, Middle Tennessee State University; Lila Roberts, Clayton State University; Sharon Sledge, San Jacinto College; David Smith, Duke University; and Frank Wattenberg, United States Military Academy.

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