Professor Janet Liou-Mark was recently honored with the 2014 Metropolitan New York Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Distinguished Teaching Award. Elena Goloubeca, chair-elect, MAA, presented her with the award at the annual meeting at Nassau Community College, May 3, 2014.
Liou-Mark is an active scholar and dedicated educator with a remarkable record of achievement. Her research in the implementation of Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) workshops in mathematics earned her the 2011 CUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mathematics Instruction.
Liou-Mark started the PLTL program in mathematics at City Tech in Fall 2006, and the program is now expanding to other STEM areas with the help of Dr. A.E. Dreyfuss, a learning specialist. Of the 74 peer leaders trained in the program since its inception, all have graduated or persisted in STEM majors or liberal arts and science. Approximately 74.3% of all the peer leaders have made oral or poster presentations at national and regional STEM conferences. As a result of this peer leadership experience, four of the underrepresented minority peer leaders have co-authored articles with their mentors in peer-reviewed journals.
In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Liou-Mark is the Director of the Honors Scholars Program at City Tech. She also facilitates teaching portfolio workshops for faculty every semester, and her teaching portfolio is featured in Peter Seldin’s book, The Teaching Portfolio, 3rd edition. She was awarded three Mathematical Association of America Tensor Foundation grants that helped her create the “Navigation by Mentoring and Leadership” program – a multi-tiered mentoring program for women majoring in Applied Mathematics and other science and engineering fields.
Liou-Mark is the co-PI for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Math Science Partnership “MSP in NYC 2 – A New Partnership to Transform Urban Secondary School Mathematics and Science Experience,” where she is designing a Bridge-to-College Pipeline program using collaborative and peer strategies for entering first-year college Teaching Assistant Scholars majoring in a STEM field (2011-2016).
Liou-Mark is also the co-PI for an NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) grant titled “Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Satellite and Ground-Based Remote Sensing at NOAA-CREST-2” (2011-2015). She is currently the elected Vice Chair for Four-Year Colleges for the Mathematical Association of America Metro-New York section serving a three-year term (2012 – 2015). She has published and presented her research with students at various national and regional conferences.