May 19-20, 2005


ITEM 127-1014-R0505                Authorization to Confer the Title of Professor Emeritus of Mathematical Sciences Upon Johnny W. Lott; The University of Montana-Missoula


THAT:                                       Johnny W. Lott, after thirty-one years of dedicated service to The University of Montana, has merited the commendation of the Board of Regents of the Montana University System, and has earned the title of Professor of Mathematical Sciences Emeritus.


EXPLANATION:                        Johnny received a Ph.D. from Georgia State University in 1973.  He came to the University of Montana as a Visiting Assistant Professor in September, 1974.  Two years later he was given a tenure-track appointment.  He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1978 and Full Professor in 1983.  Johnny served the Department as chair from 1990 to 1992.


Johnny has and excellent teaching record and he has contributed significantly to research in mathematics education.  His book for elementary mathematics teachers (with Rick Billstein and Schlomo Leibeskind) is in its eighth edition; it has served as a standard in the field for three decades.  He has publishes articles and has given hundreds of presentations to state, national, and international audiences.  He has been the recipient of numerous research grants at the state and national levels.  Most recently he was co-director of the Systemic Initiative for Montana Mathematics and Science (SIMMS), a seven-year curriculum development grant funded by the National Science Foundation.  In 2001, Johnny was elected president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the premier organization in his field.  His influence on the teaching of mathematics, while clearly felt here at the University of Montana, extends far beyond.  He is truly recognized as an international leader in mathematics education.


The Department of Mathematical Sciences is honored to recommend Professor Johnny W. Lott for Emeritus status.