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Today@Sam Article

Chapman Named Editor Of World’s Most-Read Math Journal

Feb. 3, 2011
SHSU Media Contact: Jennifer Gauntt

Scott ChapmanSam Houston State University is the new editorial home of the most widely read mathematics journal in the world with the appointment of mathematics professor Scott Chapman as the editor-in-chief of “The American Mathematical Monthly.”

The journal is published by the Mathematical Association of America and is one of the oldest and most prominent mathematics journals still in publication.

Chapman was selected by the MAA in August 2010 after a national search. He will be editor-elect until his five-year term begins, on Jan. 1, 2012.

“We receive up to 1,000 manuscripts a year,” Chapman said. “I and an editorial board of 38 other mathematicians from around the world will review and select the articles to be published.”
Chapman said his appointment is “an amazing opportunity.”

“The ‘Monthly’ is America’s pre-eminent publication for papers of broad mathematical interest, including expository articles on problems, solutions, notes and book reviews written by some of the leading mathematicians in our new century,” he said. “We will be handling papers from some of the best mathematicians in the world.”

SHSU College of Arts and Sciences Dean Jaime Hebert, himself a mathematician, said the selection was a great honor for Chapman and for the university.

“’The American Mathematical Monthly’ has been publishing almost 100 years. It’s the most widely circulated math journal in the United States,” Hebert said. “It has a long history of being housed at top tier universities, public and private, and led by series of eminent editors.”

“This is the first time the ‘Monthly's’ editorial office will be located at a land grant institution after having been located at places like the University of Chicago, Penn, Texas at Austin and Indiana,” Champan said.

Chapman earned his bachelor degree in mathematics from Wake Forest University, his master’s from The University of North Carolina and Ph.D. from The University of North Texas.

He came to Sam Houston State in 2008 from Trinity University in San Antonio where he taught for 21 years and earned the rank of full professor.

Chapman has been affiliated with the MAA for 25 years, previously serving as an associate editor.

The new editorial offices of the “The American Mathematical Monthly” will be on the fourth floor of the Lee Drain Building, home of the mathematics department.


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