Assistant professors Alen Alexanderian in the Department of Mathematics and Jonathan Duggins in the Department of Statistics have been honored by the College of Sciences with the 2018-19 LeRoy and Elva Martin Award for Teaching Excellence.
The Martin Award recognizes professors’ outstanding contributions to the College of Sciences’ teaching mission. The award was created in 2001 by the late LeRoy Martin Jr., a longtime mathematics professor at NC State, to honor his parents, Elva and LeRoy Martin.
Both Alexanderian and Duggins have demonstrated a commitment to teaching, effective communication skills, an ability to stimulate students, and a positive and lasting impact on students and alumni. Edited excerpts from their nominations are below.
Alen Alexanderian (Mathematics) has a reputation for providing an engaging, application-based and integrated environment for his students. He often uses computer simulations and real-world applications in the classroom to help illustrate mathematical concepts and methods.
Jonathan Duggins (Statistics) has improved the statistics program by revitalizing the senior capstone course and redesigning SAS programming courses to enhance student understanding through practical applications. He is a GLBT Center advocate, is in the Office of Faculty Development’s Certificate of Reflective Teaching program, and has received several “Thank a Teacher” awards from students.