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June 6, 2006

Sheldon Gordon Appointed Teaching Professor

Dr. Sheldon Gordon
Dr. Sheldon Gordon

Dr. Jonathan C. Gibralter, president of Farmingdale State University of New York, has announced that Dr. Sheldon Gordon, professor of Applied Mathematics, was appointed to the rank of Distinguished Teaching Professor by the Chancellor of the State University of New York. Only 11 professors in the State of New York received the Distinguished Teaching Professorship and Dr. Gordon was the only professor at a Long Island college to be so honored this year.

According to SUNY Chancellor John R. Ryan, "These professors have demonstrated consistently superior mastery of teaching, outstanding service to students and commitment to their ongoing intellectual growth, scholarship and professional growth and adherence to rigorous academic standards and requirements."

A resident of East Northport, Dr. Sheldon Gordon is a nationally recognized professor of mathematics. He has taught at Farmingdale State since 1997. Dr. Gordon is a recipient of the 2005 SUNY Research Foundation award for Research and Scholarship. He is the 1996 recipient of Annenberg Foundation/Corporation for Public Broadcasting competition award for best innovative project using technology in algebra through precalculus, for his book Functioning in the Real World. In addition he received the Mathematical Association of America Award for Outstanding Teaching Contributions to Mathematics Education.

Dr. Gordon co-edited the book A Fresh Start for Collegiate Mathematics: Rethinking the Courses below Calculus that was recently published by the Mathematical Association of America as part of an initiative to bring about a major change in the focus of courses that are taken by more than one million college students each year.

Dr. Gordon received a B.S. in Mathematics from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, and both a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from McGill University.

The Distinguished Teaching Professorship is an academic rank above that of full professor and is a promotion that can only be conferred by the SUNY Board of Trustees. To be appointed to this prestigious rank, candidates must have a record of consistently superior performance in each criterion for selection for the rank including mastery of teaching skills, scholarship and professional growth, student services, and academic standards and requirements and evaluation of student performance.