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Last updated in 2014

Bruce E. Simmons

Mathematics Instructor, Clackamas Community College, 2006-present
Classes taught: College Math Foundations, Beginning and Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Trigonometry, Statistics, Calculus, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Bridge to University Mathematics (Introduction to Group Theory), Technical Math.

Additional areas of service:
Sabbatical Committee
Hiring Committees
Distance Learning Committee
Co-sponsor of LGBTQ-Straight Alliance, 2008-2014
Math Department Webmaster, 2008-2010

Mathematics Teacher, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, 1994-2006
Taught students in courses from beginning algebra through vector calculus and beyond, as well as AP Statistics. Also academic advisor for 6 to 8 students and director of a variety of student clubs/activities.

Classes taught, regular track: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Precalculus, Calculus.
Classes taught, advanced track: Algebra II, Precalculus, AB and BC Calculus, Multivariable Analysis, AP Statistics.
Independent studies: Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Complex Analysis, Bridge to Advanced Mathematics.

Activities: Quiz Bowl coach (1999-2006), co-sponsor of LGBT-straight alliance (2002-2006), Math Team coach (1997-2002), theater director (1994-1997), comedy improv coach (1994-1998), Mock Trial coordinator (1994-1996), dorm parent (1994-1996).

Additional areas of service:
Gave all-school talks, each year from 1998-2005.
Creator and coordinator of the annual student-faculty Quiz Bowl showdown, 2000-2006.
Coordinator of an annual interscholastic Quiz Bowl tournament, 2002-2004.
Campus coordinator for national math contests (AHSME, AMC-10, AMC-12, AIME), 1996-2002.
Co-founder of the St. Stephen's LGBT-Straight Alliance, 2002.
Initiator of "Safe Zone" project, 1999-2000.
Introduced AP Statistics to the St. Stephen's curriculum, 1999.
Mathematics curriculum coordinator, 1998-99.
Author/editor of all math contests for the Texas Mu Alpha Theta state convention, 1998.

Teacher, Center for Talented Youth, Johns Hopkins University, 1997
Taught AP Statistics and Mathematical Modeling as part of an intensive summer program for gifted students age 12 to 15. Program sites were Hamilton College and Franklin & Marshall College.

Test Prep Teacher, Advantage Educational Programs, 1991-1994
Explained SAT and ACT test formats, reviewed academic skills, and taught decision-making strategies to students in grades 10 to 12. I trained new teachers and helped design curriculum.

Private Math Tutor, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1987-1994
Tutored college students in everything from College Algebra to Advanced Calculus. Often worked with students older than the traditional undergraduate age range.

Teaching Assistant/Instructor, University of Minnesota, 1984-1986
Summer school instructor for College Algebra, academic year teaching assistant (led recitations) for College Algebra, Finite Math, Short Calculus, Calculus I, Calculus II, Multivariable Calculus, Differential Equations and Linear Algebra.

"Supporting STEM Students" Presentation at AMATYC National Conference (Austin 2011) with Mark Yannotta
Kaplan AP Statistics
, each year from 2005 to 2015, principle co-author, also principle co-author of 2006-2010 editions
Solution Manuals, Instructor and Student versions, for Elementary and Intermediate Algebra, 4th edition, by Baratto and Bergman. McGraw-Hill, 2011, twice honored in NCTM Web Bytes as a featured resource for students and educators, since 2001, providing information on courses taught and activities led, since 2000

Graduate Studies in Theater Arts, University of Minnesota, emphasis in directing, 1990-92
MS Mathematics, University of Minnesota, emphasis in Applied Logic, minor in Statistics, 1987
BS Mathematics, cum laude, Duke University, liberal arts program including math, physics, computer science, and drama, 1984

Conferences/Continuing Education
AMATYC National Conference, Austin 2011, Washington, DC 2008, Minneapolis 2007
Oregon Diversity Institute, Chemeketa Community College 2010
MAA Mathfest
, Portland 2014 and 2009, Albuquerque 2005
ORMATYC Conference, Lincoln City 2007
Teachers as Scholars Program
, “Abandoning Dead Ends: Teaching the Heart of Mathematics,” University of Texas-Austin, 2006
Math and Technology Conference, Phillips Exeter Academy, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004
NCTM National Conference, Orlando 2001, San Antonio 2003
Teachers as Scholars Program, "The Psychology of Numbers and Probabilities," University of Texas-Austin, 2001
AP Statistics Conference, Dallas 2000
The New AP Calculus Test, San Antonio 1996
Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching, Houston 1994

Hardware: Both PC and Mac platforms, full line of TI graphing calculators
Software: MS Office Suite, Adobe CS5 Design Suite, Camtasia, Geometer's Sketchpad, Fathom, Mathematica, Winplot, Graphing Calculator, MathType

Achievements and Honors
“Jeopardy!” Champion, one of the top 100 all-time money winners, 1992
Two-time College Bowl National Champion, intercollegiate team trivia competition, University of Minnesota, 1987, 1989
Julia Dale Prize, second place, awarded for excellence in undergraduate mathematics, Duke University, 1983

American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC), 2006-present
Mathematical Association of America (MAA), 1984-1987, 2000-present
WEB SIGMAA, an MAA focus group for Mathematics instruction on the WEB, 2008-present
Teaching Advanced High School Mathematics SIGMAA, 2005-2007
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), 1994-2006