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SRU Good News for Oct. 29, 2010


Air Force names Marchand distinguished visiting professor

Richard Marchand, a Slippery Rock University professor of mathematics, has been named to an 11-month distinguished visiting professor position at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. He reports in June.
            “In addition to teaching members of the corps of cadets, I will be expected to mentor junior military faculty, provide seminars for the department in my area of expertise of applied mathematics and guide research projects for cadets,” Marchand said. “I will also conduct research with military and civilian faculty in areas that are of mutual interested to myself and the United State Air Force and other responsibilities of educational leadership.”
The purpose of the visiting faculty program is to supplement the Air Force Academy faculty by providing visiting civilian educators from institutions of higher education. To be eligible, visiting professors must be full-time employees of their home institution before beginning their academy assignment and must return to their home institution in a full-time status following their academy assignment.
I am very honored to have the opportunity to work with the future leaders of the United States Air Force and those who educate and mentor them,” Marchand said. “At the same time, I fully expect to significantly advance my own professional development through this appointment. I am certain that my experience there will enable me to greatly enhance the educational experience of our students at Slippery Rock University upon my return.”
          Marchand applied for the distinguished professor position and was accepted.
Marchand, a member of the SRU mathematics faculty since 2003, has taught 17 different mathematics courses at SRU, including two he developed, "Mathematical Modeling" and "Introduction to Mathematical Software.”
           He has been honored as Math Professor of the Year at SRU and was previously nominated for the President's Award for Scholarly and Creative Achievement and the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
          He earned his doctorate in applied mathematics at the University of Virginia after earning his undergraduate mathematics degree at Clarion University. He has more than two dozen publications to his credit and has made nearly 60 presentations related to mathematics.


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