Linda Wang’s students appreciate her encouragement and dedication to helping them succeed. Now, a leading education academy is doing the same.
Wang, professor of mathematics and club advisor at Brookdale Community College, has been named the 2013 New Jersey Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, or CASE.
“I am honored to receive this award because I love teaching. Teaching at a community college has been extremely rewarding,” said Wang. “The most gratifying aspect of my work is being able to help students accomplish more than they ever thought possible.”
Wang joined Brookdale over 20 years ago in 1990 as an adjunct instructor and in 1992 became a full-time member of the Brookdale faculty where she has taught basic math, elementary algebra, pre-calculus, business calculus, and statistics.
“Professor Wang was chosen for her continued excellence in teaching and service to students. The Brookdale community is very proud of her,” said Dianna Phillips, executive vice president of educational services. “In her tenure at Brookdale, Professor Wang has earned the enthusiasm of students and the respect of her peers.”
Wang has a passion for both teaching mathematics and bringing awareness to and acceptance of diversity at the College. Wang was one of the founding members of the Diversity Council at Brookdale and is the founder of the Asia Society, a student club on campus where she serves as the advisor.
“I am very lucky to teach in the Math Department at Brookdale. We have many dedicated faculty members in the department and at the College, and I want to take this opportunity to give credit to the faculty who worked here before me,” said Wang. “These individuals set up an open environment in which we all can share and give input.”
Wang’s colleague Barbara Tozzi, assistant department chair of mathematics, agrees that she was a deserving candidate because she continuously exemplifies the community college mission through her creativity, scholarship, and grace. Tozzi attended the awards luncheon with Wang on November 14, 2013 in Washington D.C.
“I was honored and thrilled to be representing Brookdale at the award ceremony. I had the opportunity to see my longtime colleague and dear friend receive national recognition, which she so deserved,” said Tozzi. “Wang loves to learn, create, and share. She has created curriculum and projects that support our courses ranging from developmental-level pre-algebra to calculus and she is a leader on campus in the use of technology to enhance the learning and teaching of mathematics.”
Wang received her bachelor’s in mathematics and a master’s in statistics from the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to becoming a professor, she was a programmer for the United States Government Department of Agriculture in California, a high school math teacher at the Ranney School, and a former principal of the Jersey Shore Chinese School in Holmdel.