Woodward to be honored at reception

Gordon Woodward
Gordon Woodward

A retirement reception for Gordon Woodward, professor of mathematics, is 3 p.m. May 2 in 348 Avery Hall. Woodward, who is retiring at the end of the current academic year, has worked 38 years at UNL.

The reception includes a brief presentation at 3 p.m.

Woodward joined the UNL faculty in 1975 as an associate professor of mathematics. He was granted full professorship in 2003.

For the past 25 years, Woodward has served as the chief undergraduate adviser. He was heavily involved in creating and offering special seminars for undergraduates and new courses for future mathematics teachers. Woodward assisted reshaping the MAT program to allow masters for middle level teachers as well as secondary teachers. He was also a driving force behind the creation of the capstone sequence for UNL’s Secondary Mathematics Education majors.

Judy Walker, chair of the Department of Mathematics, said that since serving in the adviser capacity, Woodward has advised all mathematics majors and has worked closely with non-majors taking mathematics courses.

“Mathematics is core to a great many undergraduate courses of study, and Gordon Woodward has been the point person for undergraduate mathematics at UNL for 25 years,” Walker said.

During his career at UNL, Woodward has been recognized many times, most notably as the recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Award in 2002, and being selected as the recipient of the UNL Student Association/Builders Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.