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Department of Mathematics at Illinois State University
Mathematics Alumni Education Award

The Department is pleased to be able to recognize alumni with the Mathematics Alumni Education Award. Each year, this award recognizes the accomplishments of a Mathematics alumnus or alumna who has made significant contributions to mathematics education during his or her career. If you are interested in nominating someone for this award (including self-nominations), please complete the online nomination form and send supporting materials to the Department Chair (George Seelinger) by April 10th of each year.

Previous Award Winners

  • 2010 Nancy Powell


    An ISU graduate in 1974 (BA Mathematics) and 1990 (MS Educational Administration), Nancy taught at Danville (IL) High School prior to devoting more than 30 years in teaching mathematics at Bloomington High School, where she was the Lead Teacher in the Mathematics Department from 1978 through 2010. She has been a mathematics education leader in local, state, and national arenas, including service to the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She has earned numerous awards and honors, including the Presidential Award of Excellence for Secondary Mathematics Teaching (1992) and a Golden Apple Award (2008). Throughout her career, and now in retirement, Nancy is active as a writer, presenter, and consultant, including extensive involvement in technology implementation in school mathematics classrooms.

  • 2011 Alan Foster


    Al graduated from Illinois State Normal University (BS: 1955) and began his school teaching career at Illinois high schools in Plano, Hopedale, Elmhurst, and Villa Park. In 1966 he became a teacher and department chair at Addison Trail High School, where he led the department until retirement in 1991. For 10 years after retirement, he taught part time at Harper College and supervised ISU mathematics student teachers. Al has been an active member of the Metropolitan Mathematics Club of Chicago, the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, each for more than 50 years. He's a past President of ICTM and has held committee chair responsibilities for NCTM, among many other leadership roles he has taken on, serving state and national mathematics education endeavors throughout his career and into retirement. He was a long-time high school mathematics author for Merrill/Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, and in 1987 he was a state finalist for the Presidential Award of Excellence for Secondary Mathematics Teaching. Al has earned three ICTM awards, including the T. E. Rine Award (1985), the Distinguished Life Member Award (1996), and the Lee E. Yunker Mathematics Leadership Award (2010).

  • 2012 John Carter


    In 2004, John graduated from ISU with a PhD in Mathematics Education. He is currently the Principal at Adlai Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL. At Stevenson, John has also served as Assistant Principal, as Director of Mathematics, and as a Mathematics Teacher/Teacher Leader. He started his teaching career in 1987 at Community High School in West Chicago. John has contributed to mathematics education throughout Illinois and beyond, making presentations and providing volunteer service to the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, including a 3-year stint as a member of the NCTM Board of Directors. In addition to the 2012 ISU Mathematics Alumni Award, John has been recognized for his success in mathematics education in many other ways. He is a recipient of the Presidential Award of Excellence for Secondary Mathematics Teaching (1993), the ICTM T.E. Rine Secondary Mathematics Teaching Award (2000), and the ICTM Lee. E. Yunker Mathematics Leadership Award (2012). John has authored and co-authored several publications and serves as a Lead Author for McGraw-Hill School Mathematics.

How to make a donation.

Online donations

To make an online donation to the department of Mathematics, you will be connected a secure online form at the Illinois State University Foundation Website.

By mail

Department of Mathematics
Campus Box 4520
Normal, IL 61790-4520