PSC Math Professor Seldomridge Awarded WVCTM’s Distinguished Service Award

KEYSER, WV– The West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (WVCTM) recently announced Gary Seldomridge, Ph.D., professor of mathematics at Potomac State College (PSC) of West Virginia University (WVU), as the 2012 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding work in mathematics education. This award, nicknamed “The Chair,” which is an engraved captain’s chair, is the highest award granted by the Council. The presentation was made during WVCTM’s annual meeting in mid-March.

Dr. Seldomridge is described by a colleague as a teacher who is “known throughout the campus and local community for his excellence in math instruction. He is highly respected by students, fellow faculty, parents, and local industry leaders for his knowledge and expertise. Yet, his greatest strength is not found in a meeting or even in a large group setting – it is most notable when he is tutoring, assisting or even mentoring individual students in the personal setting.”

Gary Seldomridge

Gary Seldomridge, Ph.D., professor of Mathematics at Potomac State College of WVU, stands with “The Chair” Award, the highest award granted by the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics for Distinguished Service recognizing his outstanding work in mathematics education.

A student adds, “He is one of the most passionate teachers I have ever had and he will help any student who seeks assistance. He has inspired many students to pursue careers in mathematics.”

Throughout his career, Dr. Seldomridge has directed three teacher-training grants; authored and directed the grant that created the first RESA VIII Math, Science and Technology Academy; and has written problems for and directed many Regional Math Field Day events. He served as the first director of the Governor’s Middle School for Mathematics and Science which is a summer residential program at WVU that provides academic enrichment for middle school students.

He served as the co-chair of the group that wrote the K-12 Calculator Usage Guidance document and as a member of the group that examined the new Common Core Standards. He has written books on problem solving in mathematics, outdoor mathematics activities to teach geometry and trigonometry and an intuitive approach to topology. Most notable is his development of EASIWord, a program to allow mathematics symbols, equations and drawings to be easily inserted into Microsoft Word. Recently, he developed the WVCTM webpage, including the extensive conference financial and record keeping tools.

Dr. Seldomridge earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Davis and Elkins College and his master’s and doctorate degrees in mathematics from WVU.