David Collingwood

Distinguished Teaching Award

Department: Professor of Mathematics; 12 years at UW.

Courses Taught: Math 120 (Pre-Calculus), Introduction to Modern Algebra, Topics in Applied Analysis, Theory of Optimal Control, Special Topics in Algebra

Achievements: With some students having a difficult time with a required pre-calculus course, he wrote a textbook in a colloquial style, closer to language students actually use. He set up weekly meetings for all instructors, employed role playing for TAs, convinced the department of the need for more resources in the pre-calculus class to cut class size from 700 to 160, and consulted constantly with students, TAs and teachers to improve his textbook. The result: many more students now pass the pre-calculus course.

Quote: "Professor Collingwood's unwavering commitment to his students has enriched my views of teaching. It is unusual for a professor to become personally invested in his students' learning, but Professor Collingwood does so without reservation. His respect for students and his faith in their abilities is phenomenal."--Linda Martin, former student

Biography: B.S., Wichita State University, 1978; Ph.D., University of Utah, 1983.

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