Delaware State University will welcome Dr. Adrian Mims, the national director of the Calculus Project, in a guest lecture at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 in the second floor classroom auditorium (room 223) in the Mishoe Science Center South.
Dr. Adrian Mims
The guest lecture – which is part of the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology’s Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series – is free and open to the public.
The Calculus Project is a project that is funded and supported by Replications Inc., a nonprofit corporation based in New York City. As its national director, Dr. Mims is responsible for the successful replication and implementation of the Calculus Project in school districts throughout the country. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Simmons College where he teaches an Organizational Management course to graduate students who are aspiring educational leaders.
Providing students with an equal opportunity to learn and on closing the achievement gap in mathematics, Dr. Mims’ research led to the funding and implementation of the Brookline School District’s “African American and Latino Scholars’ Calculus Project,” which was derived from his program The Calculus Project. The goal of the project is to increase the number of African-American and Latino students enrolled in Calculus Honors, AP Calculus and AP Statistics at Brookline High School.
His math program was inducted into the Minority Student Achievement Network’s Promising Practices Clearinghouse in 2011. In 2012, the College Board awarded Dr. Mims the Asa G. Hilliard Models of Success Award for his commitment to closing the achievement gap for African Americans in mathematics and the Dr. Carlene Riccelli Assembly Leadership Award.
Dr. Mims began his career at Brookline High School in 1994 as a Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO) tutor. During his 19 years at Brookline High School, Dr. Mims has served as a mathematics teacher, an associate dean, summer school director and dean of students. As an associate dean, he created the Junior Ambassadors, a corps of student leaders who served in the school community.
As Director of Brookline’s summer school, he implemented several original credit courses that improved the culture of summer school and provided motivated students with an opportunity to take advanced-level courses. By garnering support in the community and forming a partnership with one of the largest automotive dealers in New England, Dr. Mims also successfully re-established the high school’s automotive technology program. And before his departure from Brookline High School as the Dean of students, he led a team of administrators, guidance counselors, social workers and school psychologists as they served approximately 800 students.
A native of Spartanburg, S.C., Dr. Mims has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from the University of South Carolina and completed a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics from Simmons College in Boston, where he also earned a certificate of advanced graduate study in education leadership. Dr. Mims continued his education at Boston College where he received his doctorate in education administration. His doctoral research focused on improving African-American achievement in geometry honors classes.
Dr. Mims is a trustee for the College Board and serves on the board of directors for the Brookline Teen Center.