Mathematician recognised for teaching excellence

Dr Norman Do.

Congratulations to Dr Norman Do from the Monash University School of Mathematics on winning the Australian Mathematical Society’s (AustMS) 2020 Award for Teaching Excellence.

The AustMS awards an annual Award for Teaching Excellence, to recognise and reward outstanding contribution to teaching and student learning in the mathematical sciences at the tertiary level by an early career academic.

Dr Do is a senior lecturer who is passionate about mathematics education. The Society noted that this showed through his university teaching and his initiatives to enhance the student experience.

“Norman’s approach to teaching combines a remarkably enthusiastic lecturing style, interactive approaches to tutorials, and initiatives targeted at students across the spectrum of mathematical proficiency,” AustMS said.

“His contributions extend beyond the confines of the university to programs that provide mathematics enrichment for school students across the country.”

Dr Do established and ran the AustMS Gazette‘s Puzzle Corner column through 15 instalments, and it is still running today, almost 14 years later. You can find the collection of puzzles on his website. You can also read more about Dr Do here.

Dr Do has contributed extensively to mathematics enrichment for school students and school teachers. He is currently a Director on the Australian Mathematics Trust Board, the Chair of the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee, the Director of the National Mathematics Summer School, and a member of the Simon Marais Mathematics Competition Problem Committee.

After completing his PhD in Mathematics at the University of Melbourne, Dr Do was a CRMISM Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University, an ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and an ARC DECRA Fellow at Monash University, before settling into his current academic role. His research lies at the interface between geometry and mathematical physics.

For his contributions to education, Dr Do received the B. H. Neumann Award from the Australian Mathematics Trust in 2015 and a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning at the 2016 Australian Awards for University Teaching.

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