Dr. Peter Littig Named As Recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Teaching Award

Monday, May 18, 2009
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BOTHELL, Wash. - The University of Washington Bothell is pleased to announce Dr. Peter Littig as recipient of its 2009 Distinguished Teaching Award. Says Chancellor Kenyon S. Chan, "Professor Littig reflects UW Bothell's core value of transformational education, 'engaging our students in transformational learning experiences that challenge their expectations, broaden their horizons, and stimulate their ambitions'." 

Dr. Littig joined UW Bothell as an Assistant Professor in the Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences Program in 2005. In addition to establishing a calculus sequence for the institution's first class of freshman, he has developed six unique courses, from Interdisciplinary Cryptography to Women in/and Mathematics, each echoing his commitment to real-world problem solving and interdisciplinary teaching and learning.

In his classroom, Littig strives to create affirmative learning environments in which he and his students "engage in rigorous scholastic inquiry and seek to connect course content to their lives beyond the classroom." This hands-on, thoughtful approach to mathematics helps Littig's students to see math in a way many of them had never considered.  Says Littig, "I want my students to recognize the mathematics that is in them, to see that human beings are mathematical beings… I want them to recognize that mathematics is this long conversation and it's as much about being human as it is about solving problems."  When placed in this context, Littig finds that his students are better able to absorb the complexities of subjects like calculus and statistics and, best of all, to find meaningful applications in their lives.

Dr. Littig received his Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics from UW Seattle, his Master of Science in Mathematics from the University of California, Davis, and his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to coming to UW Bothell, he taught at UW Seattle, UC Davis, and Alhambra High School. Dr. Littig was twice nominated for the Distinguished Teaching Award, both in 2007 and 2008.  In 2001 he received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Department of Mathematics at UW Seattle.

The UW Bothell Distinguished Teaching Award, created in 1995, is presented each year to a faculty member who has demonstrated sustained excellence in teaching, exemplifying what it means to fulfill the academic mission of the University of Washington Bothell.

About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell was founded in 1990 to serve King and Snohomish counties and north Puget Sound area students seeking bachelor's and master's degrees. UW Bothell offers degree programs in applied computing, business, nursing, education, computing and software systems, interdisciplinary arts and sciences, cultural studies, and policy studies.