Jeremy Chapman, associate professor of mathematics and winner of the 2016 Lamar Williamson Prize for Faculty Excellence, presented his Williamson Prize lecture today in the Maxfield Room. Chapman received the Williamson Prize during Lyon College’s commencement ceremony last May.
Since joining the Lyon College mathematics faculty in 2010, Chapman has served the College in a variety of leadership roles, including heading the math and science division, leading the annual fund drive for faculty and serving on the Presidential Search Committee. He is also an active member of his church in Batesville and has participated in several community service projects.
An outstanding teacher of all levels of the math curriculum, Chapman is an active scholar who has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of the Korean Mathematical Society, Mathematische Zeitschrift and the Journal of Algebra.
Chapman’s lecture, titled “The simplicity of k-simplices,” focused on combinatorial geometry over finite fields.
The Williamson Prize is awarded annually to a Lyon College faculty member deemed outstanding in four areas: professional competence, scholarly ability, exemplification of humane and Christian values and contribution to the community.
Faculty and students solicit nominations in March, and the Board of Trustees selects a recipient in the spring on the recommendation of a selection committee. The selection committee consists of the chair of the Education Committee of the board, the president of the College, the dean of the faculty, the chair of the Faculty Assembly, the members of the Promotion and Tenure Committee and two students selected by the Student Assembly.
The Board of Trustees established the Williamson Prize in 1979 in memory of Lamar Williamson (1887-1974) of Monticello, Ark., a distinguished lawyer, businessman and civic and Presbyterian church leader who attended Lyon College from 1901 to 1903 and remained a friend of the College for the rest of his life. A memorial fund established by the late J. Gaston Williamson of Little Rock in honor of his father support the silver cup and stipend awarded to the Williamson Prize recipient.
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