In order to stay current in their field, IWU's Mathematics and Computer Information Sciences faculty participate in the activities of various professional organizations including the following:
ACM is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society. To advance computing as a science and a profession, ACM provides services such as a Digital Library, publications, conferences and career resources. The IWU Computer Information Sciences faculty are especially involved with the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), which provides a forum for educators to discuss the curricula and pedagogy of computer science education. IWU has a local student chapter of the ACM.
IEEE is the world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE publishes journals with a global readership, hosts conferences, sets electronic technology standards and protocols, and organizes professional and educational activities. IEEE is essential to the global technical community and to technical professionals everywhere, and is universally recognized for the contributions of its members and their efforts to improve global conditions through technology.
CCSC is a nonprofit organization focused on promoting quality computer-oriented curricula as well as effective use of computing in smaller institutions of higher learning that are typically non-research in orientation. It supports activities which assist faculty in making appropriate judgments concerning computing resources and educational applications of computer technology. The consortium also encourages the sharing of expertise, effective curricula and efficient technological applications. The consortium is concerned with the advancement of major programs in both Computer Science and Computer Information Systems, and with the use of computers in the Liberal Arts and Sciences.
For nearly 100 years, the MAA has advanced the cause of undergraduate-level mathematics. Among other activities, the MAA sponsors student contests and poster sessions; provides career services; hosts local and national meetings for undergraduate, graduate and professional mathematicians; publishes expository materials in print and online; holds faculty workshops for professional and curriculum development; and advocates for mathematics education and research in public policy settings.
The AMS works to further the interests of mathematical research and scholarship. It serves an international community through its publications, meetings, advocacy, and other programs which promote mathematical research and understanding, support mathematical education at all levels, advance the status of the mathematics profession, and encourage a popular awareness of mathematics and its connections to other disciplines and everyday life.
The Society of Actuaries is the largest professional organization serving actuarial members and the public in the United States. The SOA desires actuaries to be the leading professionals in the measurement and management of risk. As a means toward this goal, it provides education and professional development, conducts research, and promotes high professional standards.
The NAGC is an organization of parents, teachers, educators, community leaders and other professionals who address the unique needs of children and youth with special gifts and talents. The NAGC defines a gifted person as someone who shows, or has the potential for showing, an exceptional level of performance in one or more areas of expression.
The NCTM is a public voice of mathematics education that provides guidance and resources for developing and implementing mathematics curriculum, instruction and assessment that is focused on increasing student learning. It also advocates a culture of equity in mathematics education, provides professional development to stakeholders, engages in public and political activities to affect decision makers, and ensures integration of sound research in its activities.