Janet Andersen Appointed Director of
Posted January 7, 2002
HOLLAND -- Dr. Janet Andersen of the Hope College
mathematics faculty has been appointed director of the Pew
Midstates Science and Mathematics Consortium.
The consortium consists of 11 liberal arts
colleges, including Hope, and two research universities.
The consortium seeks to promote effective collaboration
among faculty at the member institutions; to improve
undergraduate science and mathematics education; and to
assist with the research efforts of the faculty at the
undergraduate colleges and of the undergraduate students at
all of the member institutions.
Andersen is an associate professor of mathematics
and chair of the department at Hope, where she has been a
member of the faculty since 1991. She was the director of
general education from 1998 to 2000 and continues to
coordinate general education courses for the science
division. Her external professional activities include
chairing the Mathematical Association of America's Committee
on the Teaching of Undergraduate Mathematics.
She is co-author of "Projects for Precalculus" and
"Precalculus: A Study of Functions and Their Applications,"
both of which were developed through support from a 1993
grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Through a
1997 NSF grant, she led development of a new course at the
college, "Mathematics in Public Discourse" that is contented
to two general education science courses. Her most recent
NSF grant is funding the development of a mathematical
biology course that she is co-teaching with Hope biologist
Dr. K. Gregory Murray during the new, spring 2002, semester.
Andersen completed her bachelor's degree at
LeTourneau College, and her master's and doctorate at the
University of Minnesota. Before she began her graduate
work, she was a high school mathematics teacher for four
years in east Texas.
The Pew Midstates Science and Mathematics
Consortium coordinates activities including symposia on
undergraduate research, faculty development workshops, and
consultations through which individual faculty members visit
other member schools to share information. As director,
Andersen is responsible for coordinating the programs and
the consortium's day-to-day operations, and for working with
the consortium's Executive Committee to develop new
In addition to Hope, the consortium's liberal arts
colleges are Beloit, Carthage, Colorado, Grinnell, Knox,
Kalamazoo, Lawrence, Luther, Macalester and St. Olaf. The
two research universities that belong are Washington
University and the University of Chicago.