Middlesex Community College Mathematics Professor Philip H. Mahler was recently given the Herb Gross Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Mathematical Association for Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC).

Mahler was presented the award for outstanding contributions and dedicated service to AMATYC during its 42nd national conference, held in New Orleans. Approximately 1,500 mathematics professors from across the U.S. and Canada were in attendance.

“I am delighted and proud to be recognized this way by AMATYC,” said Mahler. “I have been an active member since 1984 and have attended more than 26 annual conferences.” Mahler has served the association in a variety of capacities over the years, including three successive two-year terms as president-elect, president, and past president.

AMATYC is the only organization exclusively devoted to providing a national forum for the improvement of mathematics instruction in the first two years of college, he explained. “Our annual conferences have more than 200 presentations by community-college, four-year-college, and university professors of mathematics,” said Mahler.

“If there is a new initiative on improving teaching mathematics in the two-year college, there will be at least four conference talks on it by faculty who have tried it,” he said. “I am introduced to the very latest ideas in pedagogy, and to people who have experience with them.”

Mahler has been teaching mathematics at Middlesex for 33 years. “Math is a subject that practically every college graduate must take. I like the challenge of making my students successful in this endeavor. Although I love mathematics, the professional reward is in seeing student success.”