March 1, 2004 — Dr. Rosalie Dance, an assistant professor of mathematics at the University of the Virgin Islands, received the 2004 Etta Zuber Falconer Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching Feb. 20 in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Dance was presented with the award at the 13th Annual National Conference of Quality Education for Minorities (QEM). The award is named in honor of Dr. Etta Zuber Falconer, a pioneer in mathematics education. During her 37 years as a member of the faculty of Spelman College, Dr. Falconer carried out a lifetime commitment to increasing the number of African-American women in mathematics and the sciences.
In her classes at UVI, Dr. Dance emphasizes interactive learning in a variety of contexts. She coordinates a developmental mathematics program and has stressed the importance of hands-on learning.
"Rosalie Dance is highly deserving of this award," said Dr. Camille McKayle, an associate professor of mathematics at UVI who serves as liaison to QEM. "Her work over the years before UVI and during her UVI tenure is outstanding," McKayle said. "It is very reflective of Dr. Dance's belief in community, and her ability to provide meaningful mathematical experiences and challenge to students at all levels. She sees the classroom and beyond as a community of learners, and integrates materials that puts mathematics in real world context."
Dance has participated regularly in local, national and international workshops as well as in professional meetings. Recently, she presented her research at the Joint Mathematics Meeting of the American Mathematical Society, at the Mathematical Association of America, the Caribbean Assessment Conference, the 21st Century Mathematical Educators Conference in the Czech Republic and the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Dance earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Dickinson College, a master's degree in mathematics from Boston College and a doctoral degree in mathematics curriculum and instruction from the University of Maryland in College Park.
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