Alumni Update: Alder Distinguished Teaching Award

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Alumna Sarah Eichhorn (Sarah Frey), a faculty member of the University of California, Irvine, received in 2011 the Mathematical Association of America's Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Mathematics Faculty Member (

Sarah is a dedicated and inspirational teacher who believes in her students' potential, and who gives of herself to help ensure that her students live up to her high expectations. She has made a lasting difference in her own students‟ lives while multiplying her impact throughout her department and beyond. Her students praise her individualized encouragement and mentoring. Her colleagues extol both her excellence in teaching and her impact on almost every aspect of their undergraduate program. Sarah is a sought-after instructor with high student ratings in every course, but particularly in lower-division courses where she stimulates student interest in mathematics. She is noted as playing a primary role in the record number of students applying for the interdisciplinary mathematics education concentration and for the mathematics honors program, both of which she advises.

Sarah impacts departmental instruction beyond her courses through coordination of new instructor orientation, coordination of TA-training, leading the teaching portion of the graduate student seminar, and spearheading standardization of lower-lever course curricula, syllabi and final exams. She has also enhanced the co-curricular mathematics program at UCI through reviving the math club, organizing the undergraduate mathematics colloquium, advising Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) teams, and by garnering an NSF PRISM grant to create a research experience program for UCI undergraduates in computational and applied mathematics.

Sarah graduated from USD in 2000 as a Mathematics major. She received her Master and PhD degrees in Applied Mathematics from the University of Arizona in 2002 and 2004, respectively. Prior to her current appointment, Sarah was an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at California State University, East Bay (2004-2006) and University of Connecticut (2006-2007).

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