The Rankin Award is designed to recognize and honor individuals for their outstanding contributions to NCCTM and to mathematics education in North Carolina.
The award, named in memory of W. W. Rankin, Professor of Mathematics at Duke University and first recipient, is the highest honor NCCTM can bestow upon an individual.
Nominations may be submitted at any time; recipients are announced each year at the State Mathematics Conference.
After a hiatus due to COVID, NCCTM is pleased to announce recipients of the prestigious W. W. Rankin Memorial Award for Excellence in Mathematics Education, the highest honor that NCCTM can bestow upon an individual.
At the 2022 State Mathematics Conference in November, NCCTM honored two dedicated individuals: Vincent Snipes and Holt Wilson.
Dr. Vincent Snipes is Director of the Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education and a Professor of Mathematics Education at Winston-Salem State University. Vincent is regarded as a dedicated mathematics educator who is devoted to the teaching of mathematics and the “advancement of the teaching profession.” He has worked tirelessly over his career to facilitate the success of students in classrooms as well as the teachers who serve these students. He has demonstrated strong leadership in a variety of roles and situations, all of which promoted the enhancement of mathematics education in North Carolina and beyond. Vincent has provided dedicated service and leadership through his friendly personality and innate ability to the teachers of North Carolina and the nation for many years. For example, he has:
Dr. Holt Wilson, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at UNC Greensboro, is honored in recognition of his professional commitment to the teachers and students of North Carolina. As an undergraduate, Holt was a member of the NCCTM student affiliate group and attended regional and state meetings and even an NCTM conference. During these years, North Carolina established new and rigorous standards for a North Carolina teaching license. Amidst the panic of meeting high PRAXIS scores, Holt calmly and quietly led peers in preparing for the test. As a high school teacher of mathematics, Holt saw a need to strengthen the quality of instruction for students. He organized a cohort to pursue a master’s degree and was dubbed the Student Graduate Program Director. In graduate school, he saw a need for support and encouragement and met the need with the offering of friendship. Fellow students became life-long friends and created a powerful network of talented, dedicated mathematics educators.
Holt has served as chair of many mathematics education doctoral committees. These students are award-winning mathematics teacher leaders at schools, education offices, and universities across the state. He has authored or co-authored at least 20 journal articles, two books, seven book chapters, and 36 research reports in national or international conference proceedings. Additionally, he has:
taught several different high school mathematics and statistics courses, five undergraduate, and 20 graduate courses in mathematics education.
presented many sessions at NCCTM conferences, has served on many NCCTM conference committees, and has served as a judge at regional and state Math Fairs, and
served multiple times as a Member of the NCCTM Board of Directors and its Executive Board.