President’s Teaching Award Honors Math Instructor
May 18, 2009
Dr. Paul Stanford, a senior lecturer in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, recently received the President’s Outstanding Teaching Award for non-tenured-track faculty at the University.
Stanford was selected from among 210 nominations for non-tenured-track faculty members who were nominated by undergraduate students for the honor, and his award included a $3,000 stipend from the University.
“I’m stunned and very gratified to receive this award,” Stanford said. “It is very good to know that the students I have taught over the years have appreciated my efforts enough to nominate me, and that everyone else involved in the process selected me from all the good teachers we have here.”
Stanford teaches a wide range of classes, including college algebra, applied calculus and linear algebra. His students consistently praise his knowledge of the subject matter he teaches, the thoroughness of his lectures, the fairness of his evaluations and his ability to engage students in a complex subject area.
“My philosophy in teaching math, or anything else, is first and foremost is to show respect for my students, whatever their difficulties and whatever their level of understanding,” Stanford added.
Students’ remarks about Stanford were varied and many, among them: “Dr. Stanford is willing to explain a problem until all students understand the solution,” “He makes calculus fun and interesting,” and “Dr. Stanford upholds high standards of ethics, honesty and integrity, never compromising self or student. He treats all students equally and with respect.”
Stanford was recognized with another educator and staff member during Honor’s Convocation on Friday, May 15. Dr. Ivor Page, an associate professor of computer science in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, received the Chancellor’s Council Outstanding Teaching Award from The University of Texas System, and Leah Nall, an academic advisor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, received the Undergraduate Advisor of the Year award.
Stanford received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Leicester in England.