Neal Brand, professor of mathematics, was named a 2013 Distinguished Teaching Professor. Dr. Brand's history of teaching excellence at UNT spans 30 years. "My primary goal as a mathematics instructor is for student to learn mathematics," says Brand. He believes students learn mathematics by doing not by watching and consistently creates a learning environment that encourages students to ask questions and explore ideas both in class and out. Brand has been a champion for UNT students as an instructor, curriculum advisor, Emerald Eagle Scholar Professor, TAMS instructor, and the department chair. His students describe him as enthusiastic, passionate, innovative, and rigorous. One former student said, "Dr. Brand showed us why equations work so we could grasp the concepts. He often asked questions to make us think. The way he taught the course also gave us an appreciation for mathematics. His flexibility and willingness to work with students helps them succeed."
Brand's commitment to teaching excellence goes beyond the classroom. He coaches the UNT Putnam team, serves on UNT's Goldwater Scholarship Nominating Committee, and has worked for many years promoting teaching excellence in his professional organizations including the Mathematics Association of America. "Neal has a lasting impact on his students and is a role model for Lecturers, Teaching Fellows, and his colleagues in the department," says Steven Cobb, College of Arts and Sciences dean. Brand adds this award to a number of teaching distinctions including his 2012 President's Council Teaching Award and his 2013 UNT nomination for the Minnie Stephens Piper Teacher Award.
This award recognizes tenured faculty at the rank of professor who perform outstanding teaching, teach at the introductory levels of their disciplines and promote the continuous development of teaching excellence and improved teaching among their colleagues in the UNT community. Dr. Brand will be designated University Distinguished Teaching Professor and will receive a one- time supplement of $5,000. He will also be recognized at UNT's annual Salute to Faculty Excellence Awards Dinner and Ceremony on September 27, 2013.
To learn more about Dr. Brand, please visit his Faculty Profile.