Awards

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)

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 certificate 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

TEACHING/OUTREACH/CURRICULUM

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

One of 10 winners (out of all 150+ two- and four-year public and private colleges in Texas) of a 2016 Minnie Stevens Piper Professor Award, [14th winner in UTEP’s history]

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​

Winner of at least one top-four award in 2019, 2017, 2015, and 2013 biennial national A-mu-sing educational song contests sponsored by Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education, and 14+ cartoon captions have been recognized in its monthly blind educational 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)

Selected for featured campus-wide lecture on UTEP’s Centennial Open House weekend, 4/11/14

named the 2013-14 Provost’s Faculty Fellow-in-Residence with UTEP’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (which I then directed from January 2014 – fall 2016)

Winner of Bronze Medal prize in 2013 “Best Statistics Education Web (STEW)/Census at School Lesson” national peer-reviewed contest sponsored by the American Statistical Association

One of 3 UTEP nominees in 2013 and in 2010 for US Professor of the Year awarded by Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)

Winner of 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

Winner (one of 7 from UTEP) of 2011 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Texas System (comprising nine universities and 10,000+ faculty; award based on multiple levels of review of 150-page dossier of evidence)

Winner of the 2010 Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics Award for the Southwestern Section of the Mathematical Association of America (and nominated for the national counterpart, Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award)

Received 2001 Arthur M. Gignilliat, Jr. Professorship award, top annual internal award of Armstrong Atlantic State University​

SERVICE

Named in June 2013 the 2013-14 Provost’s Faculty Fellow-in-Residence with UTEP’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETaL), which I directed from January 1, 2014 through fall 2016.

Nationally elected to serve 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

Designated (by Frontera Women’s Foundation) as a TITLE IX Champion, 2009-present

Presented in 2011 with plaque as “Outstanding CETaL (Center for Effective Teaching and Learning) Fellow”, The University of Texas at El Paso

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.”