The accolades continue to pile up for Brookdale mathematics professor Linda Wang.
After being named 2013 Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and earning a 2014 Barringer Award from the Brookdale Alumni Association, Wang was honored on Sept. 29 by the New Jersey Chinese-American Chamber of Commerce, which presented her with the 2015 Professional Achievement Award.
Wang was recognized alongside eight other honorees for her community service and dedication to the profession of teaching, both of which have been apparent to students and colleagues alike since she joined Brookdale as an adjunct instructor in 1990.
Addressing a crowd of more than 400, Wang spoke about her long history of service and volunteerism in the Chinese-American community as well as the the joys and rewards she receives from teaching community college students.
“I am pleasantly surprised and extremely honored to receive this very prestigious award,” Wang said. “I never dreamed I would receive an honor like this … I enjoy teaching, and to be with students day in and out is the best award I could ask for in my life.”
A Brookdale alumna, Wang was previously a stay-at-home home and a programmer for the United States Government Department of Agriculture in California. A resident of Marlboro, she also taught high school math at the Ranney School in Tinton Falls and served as principal of the Jersey Shore Chinese School in Holmdel, where she also taught Chinese dance.
“It’s funny. When I was hired as a full-time math faculty member at Brookdale, everyone in the Chinese-American community thought I was hired as a Chinese dance teacher,” said Wang. “Now, no one would even believe that I used to dance in the past. I think that’s kind of cool.”
At Brookdale, Wang has taught basic math, elementary algebra, pre-calculus, business calculus, and statistics, while serving as a founding member of the college’s Diversity Council and establishing the student Asia Society.
“The truth is that, if not for Brookdale, I would never have gotten this far,” Wang said. “My sincerest thanks to Brookdale and everyone here who has helped me and shaped me into who I am today.”