UC Professor Xiao Xiao Receives Prestigious National Distinguished Teaching Award

Dr. Xiao Xiao

Seaway Section of Mathematical Association of America Awards Xiao for Distinguished Teaching of Mathematics

Xiao Xiao, associate professor of mathematics at Utica College, was awarded the Clarence F. Stephens Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics by the Seaway Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).

Xiao has taught in the mathematics department at Utica College nearly a decade. He earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from Binghamton University in May 2011. He also earned his master’s degree from Binghamton University and his bachelors from Zhejiang University. Xiao’s research is in arithmetic algebraic geometry, a discipline that uses algebraic geometry to solve problems in number theory. In particular, he is interested in the classification of F-crystals over an algebraically closed field of positive characteristic. He is also interested in inquiry-based learning in undergraduate education. Xiao is a member of the Mathematical Association of America, the American Mathematical Society, the Greater Upstate New York Inquiry-Based Learning Consortium, the Pi Mu Epsilon New York Alpha Upsilon, the Academy of Inquiry-Based Learning, and the Inquiry-Based Learning Special Interest Group of the Mathematical Association of America (IBL SIGMAA).

The Board of Governors of the MAA established the Section Awards for distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics in 1991 to recognize teachers of mathematics at the post-secondary level who have been widely recognized as extraordinarily successful. Those who receive this award have documented teaching effectiveness that has influence beyond their own institutions.

Recipients for the section award are chosen each year by the Seaway Section Teaching Award Committee from nominations by fellow section members.

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