“I believe that every student has the potential to be successful in my class, if they are willing to ask for help when they run into difficulties. It is my job to help the student with the learning process as much as possible, both in the classroom and out of it.” – Catherine Matos
The CIMS Faculty Award Committee is pleased to announce that the award for Excellence in Contributions to Instruction shall be presented to Dr. Catherine Matos of the Department of Mathematics. Although Dr. Matos has taught numerous, historically difficult, introductory courses and has implemented high-impact practices such as inquiry-based learning in upper-level courses, her instructor evaluations from Spring 2010 – Fall 2012 averaged 4.68 compared to the college average of 4.45 during the same evaluation period.
Outside of the classroom, Dr. Matos continues her influence on the undergraduates of the University. She is the coordinator of the Dual Degree and RETP (Regents Engineering Transfer Program) programs with the Georgia Institute of Technology. Since 2009, these have grown from 15 students under her advisement to 37. Dr. Matos also works closely with Wi2STEM as well as has published on the success and support of women in the STEM disciplines. A student comments:
“Dr. Matos is a wonderful and amazing instructor. I wish there were more like Dr. Matos. Thank you for everything that you have taught me.”
For her incredible commitment to the learning and development of the students of Clayton State University, the CIMS Faculty Awards Committee congratulates Dr. Catherine Matos for winning this year’s award for Excellence in Contributions to Instruction.
The CIMS Faculty Award Committee is pleased to announce that the award for Excellence in Service shall be presented to Dr. Muhammad Rahman of the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology. Dr. Rahman is an extremely active member of the faculty at Clayton State University, and has made a significant contribution through service in furthering the goals and missions of the department, college, and the university as a whole.
Dr. Rahman has held numerous leadership roles throughout the last few years. Such roles include the chair of the Student Affairs Committee (a standing subcommittee of the Faculty Senate), vice chair of the Institutional Review Board, and co-chair of the Undergraduate Policy Council. Furthermore, he has been active member of Faculty Senate, Senate Bylaws Subcommittee, Faculty Affairs Committee, University Hearing Panel, Student Fees Advisory Board, Student Activity Center Advisory Council, Civic Engagement Council, and the SACS Interim Report Committee.
Dr. Rahman has also supported two student organizations on the campus, including the student chapter for the Association for Computing Machinery and the Muslim Students Association. He is a constant fixture at CIMS Open Houses, Academic Fairs, and Tutoring Blitzes.
Outside of Clayton State University, Muhammad has donated his free time to teach children Arabic letters, reading and writing, as well as theology at an Atlanta Sunday school.
For the service he has provided for Clayton State University, which is unable to be adequately described in a few paragraphs, the CIMS Faculty Awards Committee congratulates Dr. Muhammad Rahman for winning this year’s award for Excellence in Service.
The CIMS Faculty Award Committee is pleased to announce that the award for Excellence in Scholarly Activity shall be presented to Dr. Christopher Raridan of the Department of Mathematics. Dr. Raridan has been active in his area having co-authored three research papers now published in refereed journals (Congressus Numerantium, Discrete Mathematics, and Journal of the Indonesian Mathematical Society) in his field. He has also presented this research at regional, national, and international conferences during the last several years.
Christopher is very active in promoting undergraduate research at Clayton State University. As the advisor of the Math Club, he promoted such activity through the “Invited Speaker Series.” In addition, Dr. Raridan has helped secure travel funding for dozens of students who have attended or presented talks or posters at local mathematics conferences. In the 2010-2011 academic year he received a CIMS Research Mini-Grant to create an undergraduate research program to study fractals.
For his performance in scholarly activity, and sustained commitment to involve undergraduate students in such activity, the CIMS Faculty Awards Committee congratulates Dr. Christopher Raridan for winning this year’s award for Excellence in Scholarly Activity.