Dr. Roland Minton Honored

RICHMOND, VA - In a ceremony in the Old Senate Chamber of the State Capital, Gov. Mark Warner presented Roanoke College Professor Dr. Roland Minton with the state's Outstanding Faculty Award. Minton, a professor of mathematics, was one of 12 professors from across the state recognized with Virginia's highest honor for faculty at colleges and universities. "Everyone benefits from the dedication and knowledge of these outstanding individuals - students, institutions of higher learning and the Commonwealth of Virginia," said Governor Warner at the presentation ceremony. The award, hosted by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and Dominion, considered a highly competitive pool of 110 faculty members nominated by their peers at Virginia's institutions of higher education.

This is not the first time Minton has been honored for his outstanding teaching. The Roanoke College Dean's Council presented Dr. Minton with the Exemplary Teaching Award in 1998 for his consistently interesting approach to teaching. He has been described as one of the most innovative teachers and is well respected by his students. He is frequently praised for his original homework assignments and various projects that apply math to real-world problems. Minton is well-known for applying mathematical concepts to sports in his classroom examples. He also is willing to assist students outside of class by working with them on various independent studies and honors' projects. In addition, he has developed new academic courses in sports science, chaos theory and general education.

Last year, Dr. Greg Weiss, professor of sociology at Roanoke College, received the same honor as one of Virginia's Outstanding Faculty members.

Minton began his education at Virginia Commonwealth University and earned his doctorate in mathematics from Clemson University in 1982. Before coming to Roanoke College in 1986 as an assistant professor of mathematics, Minton was an assistant professor of mathematics at Virginia Tech. He has co-authored many mathematics textbooks for McGraw-Hill and plans to publish three more in the next two years. His textbook Calculus is used at about 100 U.S. colleges and universities and on every continent except Antarctica. Minton has given many presentations and workshops on mathematical applications and calculus reform at meetings of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics, and the Blue Ridge Council of Teachers of Mathematics among others. Minton's wife, Jan, also is a math professor at Roanoke College.

Roanoke College, the country's second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 270 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor societies. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the mid-Atlantic." Roanoke's 1,850 students represent 41 states across the U.S. and 25 foreign countries. Roanoke College offers three degrees: bachelor of business administration, bachelor of arts and bachelor of science. Roanoke offers 33 majors, 28 minors and 17 concentrations including pre-professional programs in law, medicine, dentistry, engineering and ministry.

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