(Stade, Eric - 2013) -- BFA Award for Excellence in Leadership and Service
Professor Stade joined the Department of Mathematics in 1990 after completing his PhD at Columbia University. Since that time, he has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to service in a variety of roles within the university. He served two terms as chair of the Department of Mathematics before becoming director of the Libby Residential Academic Program. He also serves as co-director of the i-STEM program. This program, funded by the National Science Foundation, aims to integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education programs into the curriculum. Especially noteworthy is Professor Stade’s leadership role in establishing the Learning Assistants program, which encourages the most gifted undergraduates in mathematics to act as tutors or mentors in lower-division courses. According to one colleague, this program has dramatically increased the number of mathematics students who enroll in teacher certification programs. Not only does this work help meet the demand for more K-12 math teachers in Colorado, but it has also contributed to a national movement that seeks to improve the quality of mathematics teacher preparation.