Professor Arthur E. Schwartz
Wins Mathematical Association of America Award
Arthur E. Schwartz was awarded the New Jersey "Distinguished
College or University Teaching of Mathematics" award for 2004
by the Mathematical Association of America. He received the award
at the association's annual spring meeting on March 27 at Rutgers
Schwartz has taught for 35 years at Mercer County Community College
(MCCC), where he chaired the college's Mathematics program for 20
years and was instrumental in developing the curriculum. Well known
among students for his enthusiasm for his subject matter and his ability
to get across difficult concepts, Schwartz draws typical student comments
such as: "Professor Schwartz really made me understand algebra,"
and "This professor is awesome." His colleagues described
him and having a tremendous impact on the lives of his students and
on the college.
In 1991 Schwartz was selected by students and faculty at MCCC to receive
the college's Distinguished Teaching Award. In conferring the award
then president John P. Hanley said "he guides over three hundred
students each year…toward better patterns of thinking, problem-solving
and analysis which serve them well in their careers and in all of
ago Professor Schwartz participated in the Mid-Career Fellowship at Princeton
University where he studied differential equations, his special area of
interest. He earned a B.A. and M.A. from The College of New Jersey and
a M.S. from Rutgers University.
Schwartz served as president
of the MCCC Faculty Association for 15 years and has been the chief negotiator
for 30 years. He has given his time to almost every college committee
on campus and to numerous search committees. He has published articles
dealing with math anxiety and the teaching/learning of mathematics.
"I have been very fortunate
to have had excellent mathematics professors, both as teachers and as
colleagues throughout my life," Schwartz said. "Their dedication
to helping students progress from fearing mathematics to understanding,
applying and in many cases, embracing the beauty of our subject, has reinforced
my love of teaching."