Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Mathematical Sciences Associate Professor Jeffrey X. Watt Named Distinguished University Teacher

Release Date: 
Mar 19 2009

Dr. Jeffrey Xavier Watt, School of Science at IUPUI, Dept. of Mathematical Sciences(March 19, 2009) - The Indiana Section of the Mathematical Association of America has awarded Jeffrey X. Watt with the 2009 Distinguished University Teaching of Mathematics Award, the organization's highest honor for a math educator. The designation recognizes Watt's stellar record of teaching excellence and his contributions to promoting mathematics teaching and learning at IUPUI and across the state.

"Dr. Watt is an enthusiastic and innovative educator," said Benzion Boukai, professor and chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences. "He is an exceptionally talented instructor, judged by many to be one of the best in our department and the School of Science. He is a model educator who personifies all that we aspire our best mathematics teachers be."

Watt's work at IUPUI has resulted in improved student placement, improved counseling and better analysis of educational best practices. According to his faculty peers, he is at the forefront of initiative after initiative to improve learning.

Watt is associate chair and associate professor of mathematical sciences in the School of Science. He holds degrees in geophysics, mathematics and math education, receiving his Ph.D. from Indiana University.

He serves as a university consultant on K-12 mathematics for the Indiana Department of Education, and he works with the American Diploma Project to set learning outcome standards for high school algebra and graduation requirements.