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Shannon receives award for distinguished teaching

David ShannonMathematics professor David L. Shannon (featured left with student Melinda Elswick '11) won the 2009 Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics, given by the Kentucky section of the Mathematical Association of America. The award was presented at the group’s annual meeting at Kentucky State University in April.

The award honors professors for excellence in classroom teaching that also goes beyond the classroom and fosters curiosity and excitement about mathematics in their students.

Shannon came to Transylvania in 1977 after earning his B.S. degree from the University of New Mexico and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University. He received a Bingham Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1990. He has been a program director for mathematics and chair of the Natural Science and Mathematics Division. From 2002-04 he was interim vice president and dean of the college.

A former student, Will Harris ’86, was inspired by Shannon to add a math major to his computer science major and has since gone on to earn his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics from the University of Illinois and became a mathematics professor at Georgetown College.

“I found Dave to be an inspiration in the classroom,” Harris said. “He has an abiding love for mathematics. He lives it, and loves to talk about it. He always challenged us, and was very good at exciting you to pursue further study.”

Shannon’s wife, Christine, who teaches computer science and mathematics at Centre College, was a joint winner of the award.

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