UCA professor named Oklahoma-Arkansas Teacher of the Year

Danny Arrigo of UCA’s Mathematics department recently received the 2008 Award for Distinguished Teaching of College or University Mathematics from the Oklahoma-Arkansas Section of the Mathematical Association of America.

Each year the Section honors one member of the two-state region as the teacher of the year. In announcing the award, Joan Bell of Northeastern State University said, “All of Dr. Arrigo’s letters of support spoke highly of his teaching.” One of Arrigo’s colleagues wrote, “Dr. Arrigo is an outstanding teacher and scholar with immense creativity and drive that has led to his broad recognition as an extremely talented and charismatic teacher.”

Bell also stated that “Under Dr. Arrigo’s direction, in the last eight years nearly 20 different students have made over 60 student presentations at local, regional, and national meetings, with one of his students placing first in the 2004 OK-AR Section undergraduate student paper competition.”

As the section winner, Arrigo becomes the Oklahoma-Arkansas nominee for the national “Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics,” sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America.