Rankin Award

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. 

For more information see the Nomination Instructions [PDF] or email the Selection Committee Chair, Emogene Kernodle, at nekernodle@yahoo.com.

2022 Rankin Award Winners

Dr. Vincent Snipes and Dr. Holt Wilson


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: 

  • presented at multiple conferences including NCCTM regional and state conferences, NCTM, the Triangle High Five/Math Summit, as well as conferences for other organizations

  • demonstrated service to the greater mathematics education community through multiple publications, including being a co-author of a NCTM book.

  • served multiple times as a member of the NCCTM Board of Directors including service as regional president and vice president for colleges and universities at the regional and state level, and helped coordinate a Summer Math Camp for underprivileged and underrepresented students including those from homeless families.


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.

2019 Catherine Stein Schwartz
2018 Marta Garcia
2017 Martha Ray and Kitty Rutherford
2016 Bampia Bangura and Carol Midgett
2015 Wendy Rich
2014 Ron Preston, Rose Sinicrope
2013 Ray Jernigan, Julie Kolb, Dan Teague
2012 Ann Crawford, Debbie Crocker
2011 Marilyn Preddy
2010 Rebecca Caison
2009 Harold Reiter, Jane Timmerman
2008 David Royster, Jerry Taylor
2007 Ben Klein, Barbara McGill, Bill Scott
2006 Phillip Johnson, Emogene Kernodle, Bill Waters
2005 Bill McGalliard, Betty Long
2004 Randy Harter
2003 Diane Frost
2002 John Goebel, Harold Williford
2001 Ralph Willis
2000 Jan Wessellv
1999 Jane R. (Betty) Barnett, Robert Joyner, Virginia Newell
1998 Roger Bruhwel
1997 Hunter Ballew, Jacquelin Nutt, Janice Richardson
1996 Richard Haworth, Peggy Rooks
1995 Claudette Brownley, Theresa Early
1994 Gilbert Casterlow, Leo Edwards, Jr., Mary Joyce Henderson
1993 Christine W. Gantt, Joyce D. Hooker, Ron Marshall
1992 Annie Puett, Lee Stiff, Linda H. Sullivan
1991 Betty Robinson, Jeane Joyner
1990 Ralph DeVane, Jeanette Gann, Jean Taylor
1989 Elizabeth Frazier, Sue Sams, Olive Taylor
1988 Gerry Francis, Geneva Maney
1987 Ronald Hann
1986 Joseph W. Dodson, William F. Palmer, Betty Williamson
1985 Katharine Hodgin, Ruth Rufty, Katye Sowell
1984 Miriam Leiva, John W. Ogle, Emmett Sams
1982 William Paul
1981 Elaine Bologna
1980 Robert Jones, Josie Thompson
1979 Margo Perkins
1978 John Kolb, Cleo M. Meek
1977 Ruby B. Smith, Herbert E. Speece
1976 Sybil Duckett-Gambell
1975 Annie J. Williams
1974 Marjorie Brown, William W. Rankin

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