Dr. Elizabeth Davis, executive vice president and provost at Baylor
University, has announced the one-year appointment of Dr. Edward B.
Burger to the position of vice provost for strategic educational
initiatives. Burger, the 2010 recipient of Baylor's Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, had been a visiting professor at Baylor during the fall semester.
Burger is professor of mathematics and The Lissack Professor of Social
Responsibility and Personal Ethics at Williams College. During his
one-year appointment, which begins in July, he also will hold the title
of visiting professor of math.
"I am very pleased that Dr. Burger will return to Baylor to assume this
important leadership role," Davis said. "As the Cherry Award winner, Ed
Burger came to our campus as one of our nation's most outstanding,
passionate and creative professors and immediately made a tremendous
impact on faculty and students, both inside and outside the classroom. I
am delighted that Ed will return to our campus to help spearhead our
efforts to increase our effectiveness educating our students for
leadership and service in the 21st century."
"I am delighted and honored to be invited to return to Baylor and serve in
this new role," Burger said. "I look forward to collaborating with
faculty, students and administrators on imaginative projects that have
the promise of inspiring us all collectively to consider the true
transformative potential of the modern academy."
Burger earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Connecticut College in
1985 and received his doctorate in 1990 from The University of Texas at
Austin. In addition to Baylor, he has taught or been a visiting scholar
at the University of Waterloo in Canada, The University of Texas at
Austin, Westminster College, Texas Christian University, University of
Colorado at Boulder and Macquarie University in Australia.
A math professor at Williams College since 1990, Burger has been honored
with numerous teaching and writing awards, including the 2007 Award of
Excellence from Technology & Learning magazine, the 2006 Reader's
Digest "100 Best of America" as Best Math Teacher, and the 2006 Lester
R. Ford Award, the 2004 Chauvenet Prize and the 2001 Deborah and
Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College Teaching of
Mathematics, all from the Mathematical Association of America. He was
named the recipient of Baylor's Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great
Teaching in January 2010.
Burger is the author or co-author of more than 30 research articles and 21 books and CD-ROM texts, including The Heart of Mathematics: An Invitation to Effective Thinking, which was honored with a 2001 Robert W. Hamilton Book Award; Coincidences, Chaos and All That Math Jazz: Making Light of Weighty Ideas (each co-authored with Michael Starbird from The University of Texas at Austin); and Extending the Frontiers of Mathematics: Inquiries into Proof and Argumentation. He is an associate editor for The American Mathematical Monthly and a member of the editorial board for Math Horizons.
Burger also has written and appeared in hundreds of educational videos,
including the 24-lecture video series, "Zero to Infinity: A History of
Numbers" and "An Introduction to Number Theory" in "The Great Courses"
series through The Teaching Company. Some of his college-level videos
can be found at YouTube.com.
As the recipient of Baylor's Cherry Award - the only national teaching
award presented by a college or university to an individual for
exceptional teaching - Burger taught two popular classes during the fall
2010 semester at Baylor, "Ideas in Mathematics" and "Foundations of
Combinatorics and Algebra." He also launched the Cherry Faculty Forum, a
weekly program well-received by faculty across the disciplines who met
regularly to discuss defining and fostering creativity both in the
classroom and in their own scholarly pursuits.
"From the moment he arrived, Dr. Burger was warmly received by students and
faculty, as he effectively engaged representatives from across the
Baylor campus in important dialogue about innovative teaching and
learning in the academy," Davis said. "That experience suggested that Ed
could provide valuable assistance and perspective as we consider
thoughtfully, and on behalf of our students, during the next year, the
kinds of educational innovation we want to invest in and focus on in the