Although Professor of Mathematics Dr. Cathie Aust is retiring next month after 35 years at Clayton State University, she continues to be involved with the teaching of mathematics, on both the university and secondary school levels.
Over the past four years, Aust has been involved in the development and implementation of the new high school mathematics curriculum designed to implement the Georgia Performance Standards in Mathematics. She has served as a writer and editor for extensive portions of the Georgia Department of Education’s Frameworks for Mathematics I and II and, in the last two years, has provided a variety of professional development sessions for mathematics teachers in the metropolitan area and beyond.
Although the fall 2010 semester is her last at Clayton State, concluding a distinguished career that started in 1975 at the then-Clayton Junior College, Aust has continued working with high school mathematics teachers. Currently, she is doing model teaching in the Rockdale County Public Schools under an agreement between the Rockdale school system and Clayton State University. Her last day of model teaching in Rockdale County will be Tuesday, Dec. 7, just four days before she serves as one of the two speakers at Clayton State’s Fall 2010 Commencement ceremonies.
“Since 2006, I have spent hundreds of hours in various endeavors to support the Georgia Department of Education’s efforts to improve the mathematics achievement of Georgia’s students, continuing through this semester in Rockdale County,” she says. “All of my work has been in support of a good cause.”
The former head of the Department of Mathematics and former dean of the College of Information and Mathematical Sciences at Clayton State, Aust retires in December as professor of Mathematics, the University’s faculty marshal, and the University’s senior faculty member.
Aust is a native of Clayton County (she was named Star Student for Clayton County in 1964) and a current resident of Fayetteville. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Georgia in 1968, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi, Aust earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics from Emory University in 1973. She served as an instructor of Mathematics at Georgia Tech from 1972 to 1974, and as an assistant professor of Mathematics at Georgia Tech from 1974 to 1975 before taking the same position at Clayton Junior College.