After Francis Su gave his lecture accepting the Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished Teaching of Mathematics, the highest teaching award given by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), he had so many requests for the text that he shared it on Facebook and then created a blog, The Mathematical Yawp, to share it.
We think this essay is so important that we are highlighting it here at The Well. Whether you are in academia or another field, the grace Su describes has the potential to shape every interaction.
As Su says, “I want to talk about the biggest life lesson that I have learned, and that I continue to learn over and over again. It is deep and profound. It has changed the way I relate with people. It has reshaped my academic life. And it continually renovates the way I approach my students.” Read the whole essay here.