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Office of the Vice President and Provost - Rockville Campus

Office of the Vice President and Provost

Collegewide ABEESS (Arts, Business, Education, English and Social Science) Unit and Rockville Campus

Biography of Dr. Ackerman

Dr. Judy E. Ackerman

Dr. Judy E. Ackerman has served as Vice President and Provost of the Rockville Campus of Montgomery College since January 2003. She is the chief academic officer for a campus of approximately 16,000 students. At the Rockville campus she provides vision and leadership to promote student success. During her career at Montgomery College, Dr. Ackerman has served as a Professor of Mathematics, Collegewide Honors Coordinator, Math Center Coordinator, Chair of Mathematics, and Instructional Dean of Science, Engineering and Mathematics.

Although there have been many changes in the Rockville Campus over the years, Dr. Ackerman is particularly proud of the construction of the Rockville Science Center which opened in the Fall of 2011. This important project started as a project to renovate the two existing science buildings; under Dr. Ackerman’s leadership it expanded to include a large, new science instructional laboratory building along with the renovated Science East and Science West buildings. The Science Center marks the beginning of Montgomery College's STEM education growth at the Rockville Campus.  Renovations to Science East (built in 1965) were completed in 2013 and will be followed by Science West (built in 1971).  The renovations will enhance student experiences with modern classrooms and math labs.  Once complete, the three buildings will form a science/math/engineering complex, converging via connected hallways and walkways.

Dr. Ackerman has collegewide oversight for the following academic areas and related programs:

She convenes the collegewide Committee on Assessment, Placement and Developmental Issues which identifies and supports projects to effectively place students and provide alternative pathways to prepare students for college level work.

She is nationally known for her work in community college mathematics education. Dr. Ackerman served as President of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC), an organization that consists of 44 affiliate groups and is the only organization exclusively devoted to providing a forum for the improvement of mathematics instruction in the first two years of college. She serves on committees of the Mathematics Association of America (MAA) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Dr. Ackerman has published numerous articles and presents nationally on mathematics related topics, including math anxiety, public school partnerships with community colleges, and gender equity in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. She was selected as a member of two NCTM delegations to the International Conference on Mathematics Education.

As Project Director for a MAA Tensor Foundation Women and Mathematics Project Grant, Dr. Ackerman established the College’s Sonya Kovalevksky Day program for middle school girls and their teachers. She served as Co-Principal Investigator for a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technical Education (ATE) Planning grant, and Principal Investigator for a NSF Instrumentation and Laboratory Improvement grant that brought the first computers to the Rockville Department of Mathematics and introduced computer laboratory projects into a general education mathematics course.

In 2009, Dr. Ackerman received the Montgomery College On Her Shoulders We Stand Award, and the Smart CEO BRAVA Women Business Achievement Award. Dr. Ackerman was also recognized with the following awards related to teaching mathematics: the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics Outstanding College Professor Finalist, the George B. Thomas Scholarship Award, and the Association of Community College Trustees Northeast Region Faculty Member Award.

Dr. Ackerman earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education and an M.A.T. in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Her bachelor’s degree is from Queens College (CUNY) in Mathematics, with minors in Physics and Education. She also attended the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.

Dr. Ackerman is a board member of Rockville Economic Development, Inc. (REDI), the Rockville Chamber of Commerce, and the Rockville Science Center.

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