Annie Selden


Annie Laurer Alexander Selden is an expert in mathematics education. She is a professor emeritus at Tennessee Technological University, and an adjunct professor at New Mexico State University.[1] She was one of the original founders of the Association for Women in Mathematics in 1971.[2][3]


Born as Annie Louise Laurer, she graduated from Oberlin College in 1959, learned to program computers in a summer job at IBM in Endicott, New York, and traveled to the University of Göttingen to study mathematics as a Fulbright scholar. With the support of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation,[4] she earned a master's degree from Yale University in 1962. Delayed by marriage and two children,[5] she completed her Ph.D. from Clarkson University in 1974.[1] She published her dissertation, Bisimple ω-semigroups in the locally compact setting, under the name Annie Laurer Alexander.[6] It was supervised by John Selden Jr.,[7] whom she later married as her second husband.[5]


Although Selden originally intended to be a research mathematician, the job market at the time of her graduation led her to teach abroad, and the experience of teaching mathematics to non-native English speakers led her to become interested in mathematics education.[5] She taught at the State University of New York at Potsdam, Hampden–Sydney College, Boğaziçi University in Turkey, and Bayero University Kano in Nigeria, before joining Tennessee Technological University in 1985. She retired and moved to New Mexico in 2003.[1]

Awards and honorsEdit

In 2002, Selden was the winner of the Louise Hay Award of the Association for Women in Mathematics,[5] and the AWM/MAA Falconer Lecturer.[8] She was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2003.[9] The Annie and John Selden Prize of the Mathematical Association of America is named after Selden and her husband.[10]


  1. ^ a b c Curriculum vitae (PDF), 2009, archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-06, retrieved 2017-10-30
  2. ^ Blum, Lenore (September 1991), "A Brief History of the Association for Women in Mathematics: The Presidents' Perspectives", Notices of the American Mathematical Society, 38 (7): 738–774, archived from the original on 2017-07-29, retrieved 2017-10-31. See section "What we did ... (In the beginning): Atlantic City".
  3. ^ Kenschaft, Patricia C. (2005), Change is Possible: Stories of Women and Minorities in Mathematics, American Mathematical Society, p. 131, ISBN 9780821837481
  4. ^ Smith, Dorothy M. (December 1959), Class of 1959 Directory, Oberlin Alumni Magazine, p. 7
  5. ^ a b c d Annie Selden: Twelfth Annual Louise Hay Award, Association for Women in Mathematics, October 13, 2019
  6. ^ Alexander, Annie Laurer (August 1973), Bisimple ω-semigroups in the locally compact setting, Clarkson College of Technology
  7. ^ Annie Selden at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  8. ^ Past Falconer Lecturers, Association for Women in Mathematics, retrieved 2017-10-30
  9. ^ Elected Fellows, AAAS, retrieved 2017-10-30
  10. ^ Annie and John Selden Prize, Mathematical Association of America, retrieved 2017-10-30

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