Students lean best by doing mathematics or computer science, not by watching it being done. To that end I assign frequent graded homework (out-of-class exercises, programs, etc.) whose scores are counted as part of a student’s final course grade. Most of a student’s course grade is based upon in-class tests. All exams and tests are comprehensive, with at least 75% consisting of problems and exercises similar to those in the assigned homework. Because learning is a mental activity, I do not allow calculators (or other electronic aids) to be used during tests or the final exam.
SU Faculty Senate: Chaired the committee that wrote and then 20 years a second committee that rewrote the Faculty Senate Bylaws; served as President, Vice-President, and Secretary; served on and led numerous Faculty Senate committees. Maryland Republican Party: Elected to three 4-year terms on the Wicomico County Republican Central Committee, serving one term as Chairman and one term as Vice-Chairman. A the State level: authored dozens of changes to the State Republican Party's Constitution and Bylaws, including creating an electronic voting system that prevented a splintering of the State GOP (because the counties with smaller populations had no meaningful voice in State GOP affairs). Tennis Umpiring: Was certified as a Referee, Chief Umpire, Chair Umpire, Line Umpire, and Umpire Evaluator both by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and Men’s International Professional Tennis Council (MIPTC). Served in those capacities at numerous on-campus tournaments, including national, regional, and local tournaments. Umpired in various roles at amateur and professional tennis tournaments, (men’s and women’s), in the northeastern US. Served as Chair and Line Umpire at 11 US Open Tournaments (1980 - 1990). Wrote a book, What’s the Score?, whose score-keeping and chair-umpiring techniques were endorsed by the USTA and MIPTC. Was awarded the Mid-Atlantic Tennis Umpire of the Year in 1984.