Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) is a professional development program for new or recent Ph.D.s in the mathematical sciences. It addresses all aspects of an academic career: improving the teaching and learning of mathematics, engaging in research and scholarship, finding exciting and interesting service opportunities, and participating in professional activities. It also provides the participants with a network of peers and mentors as they assume these responsibilities. Since 1994 there have been over 1500 Fellows, who have appeared in all capacities in the academic mathematical profession.
The Project NExT program
Each cohort of Project NExT Fellows will participate in:
- A three-day Project NExT Workshop in late July / early August, preceeding MathFest (the summer meetings of the MAA).
- Project NExT sessions during MathFest.
- Special events at the Joint Mathematics Meetings the following January.
- A one-day Project NExT Workshop preceding MathFest (and more during MathFest) the following year.
- An electronic network that links Project NExT Fellows with one another and with seasoned mathematicians and award-winning teachers.
At these workshops and other Project NExT sessions throughout the year, Fellows will explore and discuss issues that are of special relevance to beginning faculty, such as:
- Innovative approaches to a variety of introductory and advanced courses;
- Using writing to help students learn mathematics;
- Attracting and retaining students from under-represented groups;
- Involving undergraduates in mathematical research;
- Preparing future K-12 teachers of mathematics;
- Writing grant proposals; and
- Balancing teaching and research.