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After devoting several years to life as a stay-at-home mom, Martha Diehl took advantage of an opportunity to teach and mentor Central Missouri students. The professor emerita of mathematics today says she is proud of the time she spent concentrating on excellence in teaching and developing strategies to make freshman-level and general mathematics courses more rewarding and easier for students to understand.
Diehl’s working affiliation with CMSU dates back to the 1970s when she was employed part time as a teaching assistant at the university and spent a year as a part-time mathematics instructor at University High School. She joined the institution’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science as a full-time instructor in 1982.
An alumna who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from Central Missouri, Diehl has been active in a variety of committee work, especially at the departmental level. She is a former co-chair of the CMSU High School Math Relays Committee, and was involved in the Mathematics Awareness Week, General Studies, Teacher Interview, Mathematics Education, Greer-Oppenheimer and Sonia Kovalevsky Day committees. She also served as student help coordinator for two years.
During her tenure, she enjoyed traveling to mathematics meetings and sharing new strategies for teaching and learning with other professionals in her field. She has been active in professional groups such as the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi.
In retirement, she is looking forward to spending more time with her family, and enjoying extra time for travel, home renovation, bicycling, swimming and walking.