Dr Gregory Petrics named VSCS Faculty Fellow

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Thu, 07/30/2020 - 8:29am -- Denise Sortor

Northern Vermont University is pleased to announce that the VSCS Board of Trustees has named Dr. Gregory Petrics, an associate professor of Mathematics at Northern Vermont University, as the Vermont State Colleges Faculty Fellow for spring 2021.

VSC Faculty Fellows are nominated and selected based on outstanding accomplishments in teaching and learning.

Fellowships provide the time to work on specific academic projects by reducing the number of courses the faculty member is assigned to teach. Dr. Petrics will focus his fellowship time on creating instructor resources for his open-source resource Calculus for People, an introduction to the principles of Calculus 1, and will begin the companion volume.

Calculus for People was born from his work trying to understand why calculus is a hard subject for so many, which led to his idea that calculus could be done in a completely different way. To date, this open-source resource has been accessed 26,700 times. Petrics calls it “a different pathway to Calculus I” and “instead of repetitive algebra to learn what calculus is, computer programs lead you to the key.” He reports that his “students have all loved it and did really well.” He will be using it again in his classes this year.

Using feedback from other users to improve and expand this resource, his new work will cover Calculus of Several Variables (the original work covers Calculus of a Single Variable). In addition, he will “build [Volume 1] out with instructor resources so it’s easier to transition to for other teachers.”

In Dr. Petrics’s nominating letter, fellow faculty wrote, “Dr. Petrics has a strong record of creating and using technology to support his teaching and enhancing student learning.” Student evaluations consistently depict Dr. Petrics as a gifted and passionate teacher who brings his enthusiasm for math, and its application in the real world, into the classroom.

Dr. Petrics will be active in NVU’s new bachelor’s of science degree in Data Science, too, teaching the first-year seminar course Visual Display of Quantitative Information when the program begins in August 2020.

Dr. Petrics’s commitment to NVU extends to the entire campus community, where he has served on the Faculty Evaluation Committee, Curriculum Committee, Quantitative Reasoning Committee, search committee for the NVU Provost, on the Chancellor’s Faculty Advisory Board, and on the NEASC reaccreditation team, to name some of his involvement.

NVU congratulates Dr. Petrics on this latest achievement.

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