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Posted: Monday, April 7, 2014
Media Contact: Dave Costello, 815-921-4516
Dr. Paul McCombs was honored by the Illinois Section of the Mathematics Association of America (ISMAA) as the recipient of the 2014 Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics at their annual conference on March 28, 2014.
In 1991 the Mathematical Association of America instituted Awards for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics in order to honor college or university teachers who have been widely recognized as extraordinarily successful and whose teaching effectiveness has been shown to have had influence beyond their own institutions.
This commendation is extraordinary considering that the ISMAA is a professional organization primarily serving four-year colleges and universities in the state. In fact, Dr. McCombs is only the third professor from a community college to ever win the award and the first since 2002, according to an ISMAA official.
Dr. McCombs was also recognized as Rock Valley College's Faculty of the Year back in January of this year.
Dr. McCombs is originally from Cherryville, North Carolina. He served in the U.S. Air Force and received his associate's degree in Criminal Justice from the Community College of the USAF before going on to earn his bachelor's degree in General Mathematics from Appalachian State University, and later his master's degree in Pure Mathematics from Kansas State University. He also just recently earned his doctorate in Mathematics Education at Northern Illinois University.