Achievements

Herb Gross has over 50 years of teaching experience in diverse settings ranging from Central Prison's Death Row in Raleigh, North Carolina to MIT's Center for Advanced Engineering Study where he produced the critically acclaimed video course “Calculus Revisited".  He has a long list of achievements, especially in the area of community college mathematics where he has developed a highly acclaimed approach for helping adult learners overcome their innumeracy problem.

Among his achievements are:

• Founding Chair of the Mathematics Department at Corning (NY) Community College (1958 -1968). Pioneer in distance learning in 1959 when he taught a calculus course for high school students via Corning's Educational Television Network.

• Founding president of the New York State Mathematics Association of Two Year Colleges (NYSMATC - 1967).

 • Founding president of the American Mathematics Association of Two Year Colleges (AMATYC - 1974).

• Senior Lecturer at the M. I. T. Center for Advanced Engineering Study (1968 - 1973), where he developed the “Calculus Revisited” program, consisting of a series of 83 video- taped lectures and 17 volumes of study guides. To date, over 50,000 scientists, engineers and technicians on six continents to learn or to review the essentials of calculus have used the program.

• The “Calculus Revisited” video course appears on MIT’s OpenCourseWare website in 2011.  Despite its black-and-white-talking-head format it has attracted hundreds of thousands of viewers, many of who rank it as the best mathematics course they have ever studied.

• Founding Chairperson of the Mathematics Department at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, Massachusetts, where he remained until his retirement (1973 - 2003, retired).

• Named the nation's Outstanding Community College Instructor by the American Association of Community College Trustees (1986).

• Special consultant to the Chancellor of the Minnesota Community College System, helping the state establish a Center for Excellence in Teaching (1988).

• Instituted a version of the “Gateway to Arithmetic” program that received the endorsement of both the North Carolina Department of Community Colleges and the North Carolina Department of Correction, to serve as a vehicle for improving students' self-image as well as their mathematical skills.  (Summers from 1989 through 1993).

Since his retirement in 2003 he has been giving workshops to elementary school teachers and has been instrumental in developing his websites, www.mathasasecondlanguage.com, www.adjectivenounmath.com and www.lovemath.org where his videos, PowerPoints and other written material in arithmetic and basic algebras for anyone to use free of charge have been posted.

 

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We wish to acknowledge the support of the Gabriella and Paul Rosenbaum Foundation in helping us develop the content on this website.  Without the support of the Foundation and its president, Madge Goldman, much of the material that will be posted here would not have existed.

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