Assistant Professor of the Practice of Mathematics Tori Akin has been named one of the most innovative professors of 2019 by the education and training services company Arist for her approach to math education.
Akin was one of six faculty selected from among nearly 100 nominees from universities including Harvard, Stanford and Brown.
“Math isn’t an innate ability, becoming good takes struggling through complications and working hard,” Akin said. Rather than teaching math in a traditional ‘lecture’ format, she has students work through problems in class and utilize her help. In addition to working with Duke students, Akin has also been running an enrichment program for middle school girls to encourage young women to explore math.