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Distinguished Service Medal

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Raymond McGivney, Professor of Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences

Ray McGivneyRaymond McGivney, PhD, has published more than 25 articles on mathematics and mathematics education. He is the coauthor of two texts published by Wadsworth Press and two manuscripts that are currently being used at the University of Hartford. As an educational innovator, he was one of the first to use “clickers” that allow students to vote digitally on multiple choice answers, and to “flip the classroom,” having students learn material as homework and solve problems in class.

Since 1990, he has given numerous talks to professional and secondary school audiences at local, regional, and national meetings and has served as curriculum coordinator for five school districts. In 2007, he was awarded the Robert A. Rosenbaum Award by the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Connecticut “in recognition of his leadership and significant contributions to mathematics in Connecticut.”

In addition, McGivney was the mathematics director for Connecticut Inter-District Grants totaling more than $500,000 that brought rising ninth and tenth graders from throughout the state to our campus over the summer for four weeks of intensive math instruction.

In 2003, McGivney was the recipient of the Roy E. Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2006, the recipient of the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Award for Sustained Service to the University.

In addition to serving on numerous college and University committees, McGivney served as acting dean of students in 1974 and from 1977 to 1978. He was also acting dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1982 to 1983 and acting dean of the faculty from 1994 to 1996.

McGivney, a native of Auburn, Massachusetts, received his BA (1962) and MA (1964), both in mathematics, from Clark University. He received his PhD from Lehigh University (1968). He was assistant professor at Lafayette College from 1968 to 1970. He came to the University of Hartford in 1970 and was promoted to professor in 1980. He chaired the Mathematics/Physics/Computer Science Department from 1982 to 1988.