Mathematical Association of America (MAA) meeting added up to an award-winning coup
for an R-MC professor and a group of math students.
Bruce Torrence, Ph.D., was awarded the Mathematical Association of America’s John
Smith Award for teaching excellence on April 5, 2008. The award, given annually
to one math faculty member in all of Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC, is given
in recognition of a professor whose teaching has had influence beyond his or her
own institution. Dr. Torrence will now be considered, along with winners from other
sections of the association, for the national Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo
Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.
In addition to Torrence’s award, the MAA presented math major Amy Winslow ’08 with
the award for Best Student Presentation. Winslow will receive funding from the MAA
to present at MathFest this summer in Wisconsin. Finally, R-MC’s “Math Jeopardy”
team competed with six teams and tied for second place.
“We are extremely proud of Dr. Torrence and our terrific students and offer them
our hearty congratulations,” said R-MC Provost Bill Johnston. “This is a shining
example of the outstanding people and liberal arts education we have at Randolph-Macon
Torrence joined the faculty of Randolph-Macon College in 1993 and currently serves
as chair of the mathematics department. He holds degrees from Tufts University and
University of Maryland, as well as a Ph.D. from University of Virginia. In collaboration
with his wife and colleague, Dr. Eve Torrence, he published in 1999 his first book,
The Student’s Guide to Mathematica.
Torrence’s research interests include algebraic topology, graph theory and combinatorics.
In 1996 he created a computer classroom for the R-MC mathematics department with
a grant from the National Science Foundation.