Awards

OVERALL/TEACHING/OUTREACH/CURRICULUM/EDUCATION-RELATED SCHOLARSHIP

2021 winner (and 8th recipient) of the Waller Distinguished Teaching Career Award, given by the American Statistical Association (UTEP newsfeed story) at the 2021 Joint Statistical Meetings Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony

interview in spring 2020 for Journal of Statistics Education series on prominent statistics educators (yielding media coverage)

Awarded (in April 2019) status of UTEP Distinguished Teaching Professor.

One of ten 2016 winners (from all 150+ two- and four-year public and private colleges in Texas) of a Minnie Stevens Piper Professor Award, [14th winner (and only one since 2012) in UTEP history]

Campus-wide selected featured lecture on UTEP’s Centennial Open House weekend, 4/11/14

Appointed service directing (for 3 years) UTEP’s campus-wide teaching center (Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning), following service for CETaL as the 2013-14 Provost’s Faculty Fellow-in-Residence, as well as a member (2008-2011) of the CETaL Council of Fellows

a 2011 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Texas System (comprising 9 universities and 10,000+ faculty; award based on multiple levels of review of 150-page dossier of evidence)

the 2010 Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics Award for the Southwestern Section of the Mathematical Association of America

Received the 2001 Arthur M. Gignilliat, Jr. Professorship award, top annual internal award of Armstrong Atlantic State University​ (now Georgia State University Armstrong campus)

National Museum of Mathematics: First-place winner in international “Pi Day of the Century” song contest announced 3/14/15; also, 3 songs were winners in fall 2015 Open Set math song contest (yielding invited performance at Museum on Nov. 19, 2015), 2 in the spring 2017 contest, and 1 in the spring 2018 contest​, and 1 in the spring 2021 contest (in other words, at least one winning song in every song contest offered to date by the Museum!); also, 2 limericks are winners in its 2021 math limerick contest for National Limerick Day; Winner of at least one top-four award in each eligible biennial national A-mu-sing educational song contest sponsored by Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education, and 15+ captions have been recognized in its monthly blind educational cartoon caption contests; winner of Best Online Submission prize in the 2014 ASA’s Got Talent (sponsored by the American Statistical Association for its 175th anniversary); Bronze Medal winner in 2013 “Best Statistics Education Web (STEW)/Census at School Lesson” national peer-reviewed contest sponsored by the American Statistical Association; first-place award in each of two categories in the national 2011-12 Quantitative Literacy in the Media contest sponsored by the QL SIGMAA of the Mathematical Association of America

RESEARCH/SCHOLARSHIP/GRANTS

Grand Prize winner (mid/advanced career category) of NSF’s 2019 We Are Mathematics Video Competition (open to anyone in the mathematical sciences who has or has had NSF funding) for video about my 2015-2020 NSF grant

Article selected for discussion on March 7, 2017 webinar as part of international 8-organization series “Call for Collective Action to Develop Awareness: Equity and Social Justice in Mathematics Education” (http://www.nctm.org/webinars/equitysocialjustice/) and in 2020 for a national curated webpage on social justice scholarship (https://taylorandfrancis.com/socialjustice/)

Article featured on Dec. 21, 2017 episode #1716 (Digest 1) of MathEdPodcast

Presented certificates for “Outstanding Efforts in Securing Extramural Funding” at UTEP ORSP (New Grant Award Recognition) Research Forum, Feb. 2016 & Sept. 2014.

Invited interview by Keith Pannell in the 5/29/14 “100@100: Research for Our Next Century” episode on KTEP-FM (http://ktep.org/post/100-100-larry-lesser)

Winner of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning faculty award (“best paper”) at the 2012 International Sun Conference on Teaching and Learning

SERVICE

I directed UTEP’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETaL) for 3 years (2014-2016), following service to CETaL as the Provost’s Faculty Fellow-in-Residence and having earlier served a 3-year appointed term as a CETaL Fellow (for which I was presented a plaque in 2011 as “Outstanding CETaL Fellow”)

Nationally-elected term Jan. 1, 2011-Dec. 31, 2013 as Publications Chair and Executive Committee member for the Statistical Education Section of the American Statistical Association

Served 2011 on the NCTM’s Professional Development Services Committee, by appointment of the president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Appointed editorial service includes:  the Assistant Editor of Statistics Education Research Journal (3 years), an Associate Editor of Journal of Statistics Education (two 3-year terms), a founding Editor of Teaching for Excellence and Equity in Mathematics (5 years, followed by service since 2014 as the Associate Editor), an Associate Editor for Journal of Mathematics and Culture (8+ years), and Editorial Board member of Texas Mathematics Teacher (12 years)

Designated in 2009 (by Frontera Women’s Foundation) as a TITLE IX Champion

Presented with plaque at my plenary keynote for the 2009-10 annual conference (March 2010) of Greater El Paso Council of Teachers of Mathematics by GEPCTM President Glen Torguson “In recognition of your support and promotion of high-quality mathematics teaching and ongoing professional development throughout the preparation and careers of teachers of mathematics.” (note: I also received such a plaque from GEPCTM President Nancy Arroyo when I gave the plenary keynote for GEPCTM’s annual conference in 2006)

Awarded certificate in 2007 from Miriam Leiva, (founding) president of the national NCTM affiliate organization TODOS: Mathematics for All, for “exemplary contributions as a leader in TODOS 2006-07.”

Publicly recognized by Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics as a Finalist for 2001 Gladys M. Thomason Distinguished Service Award for “distinguished service in the field of mathematics education at the local, regional and state levels. Criteria shall include: significant services rendered, service beyond the normal job requirements and services primarily for the improvement of mathematics instruction.”