Community College of Aurora Math Instructor Rich Bogdanovich has been awarded the 2011 Burton W. Jones Award for Distinguished Teaching from the Rocky Mountain Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). This is the first time a community college faculty member has earned this award in the Rocky Mountain region.
The MAA Section Awards were established in 1991 to recognize extraordinarily successful teachers of mathematics at the post-secondary level. The Rocky Mountain Section (RMS) Award is named in honor of Burton W. Jones, a lifelong advocate of excellence in teaching and strong supporter of the MAA.
James Gray, math department chair at CCA, nominated Bogdanovich for the award, which was presented April 8 at the RMS meeting banquet in Boulder.
Bogdanovich is now invited to deliver the opening lecture at next year’s RMS meeting. He has also been invited to serve a one-year term on the award selection committee and becomes the section nominee for the Deborah and Franklin Haimo Awards for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. These national awardees, no more than three annually, are honored at the MAA winter meeting with a certificate and $1000 check.
“The selection process is always difficult, due to the extremely high caliber of the nominees; however, Rich’s nomination stood out for his tremendous impact on student learning,” said Michael A. Brilleslyper, Ph.D., chair of the MAA RMS teaching award committee and professor in the department of mathematical sciences at the United States Air Force Academy. “Rich is representative of the highest caliber of teacher we look for when we bestow this award. Recipients are outstanding teachers who foster curiosity and generate excitement about mathematics in their students, and we are pleased to recognize Rich for his significant contributions to the field.”
Bogdanovich said it was gratifying to earn the award. “It’s always a pleasure to be recognized for your work, but when the recognition comes from a prestigious organization like the Mathematical Association of America Rocky Mountain Section, it’s a distinct honor, as well,” he said. Bogdanovich credits CCA math department chair Gray for having a supportive management style that sets a positive tone for teaching at the college, which benefits both students and faculty.
Bogdanovich began his career at CCA in 2001 as an adjunct instructor following his retirement after 30 years of operating Management Resources Development, his Denver-based multiple association management company. MRD provided operational support and consulting services to clients primarily in the engineering and scientific professions. Prior to establishing MRD, he was a program manager for the former Solar Energy Research Institute (now the National Renewable Energy Laboratory) in Golden, an engineering project manager for the American Water Works Association headquartered in Denver, and a manager in both the former Northwestern (in Omaha) and Illinois Bell Telephone Companies (in Chicago). Bogdanovich also served on active duty as a civil engineering officer in the U.S. Air Force from 1967-1972. He has been a Registered Professional Engineer in Colorado and other states since 1974.
Gray acknowledged the wealth of experience and teaching ability that Bogdanovich brings to CCA. “Without question, some extremely gifted teachers have earned this award; to even be considered, you must be capable of doing things that others cannot, and that is a category Rich falls into very comfortably,” he said. “Anyone who has ever taken a class from Rich will tell you that it is an experience unto itself.”