Title: Retired Educator
Location: Lakewood, Ohio, United States
Richard A. Little, Retired Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in mathematics education.
Skilled in mathematics from a young age, Dr. Little went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Wittenberg University in 1960 and a Master of Arts in teaching from John’s Hopkins University in 1961. He then took on his first teaching role at Culver Academy in Indiana from 1961 to 1965, while also attending the National Science Foundation Academic Year Institute in 1963 and 1964. Notably, Dr. Little achieved a Master of Education in mathematics from Harvard University in 1965. Remaining with the university, he served as an instructor and curriculum consultant at its campuses in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Aiyetoro, Nigeria, as well as at the first Comprehensive High School in Equatorial Africa teaching mathematics, between 1965 and 1967. From 1967 to 1975, he flourished as an instructor to associate professor at Kent State University. Committed to furthering his educational knowledge, Dr. Little earned a Doctor of Philosophy in mathematics and education from the aforementioned institution in 1971.
Progressing in his career trajectory, Dr. Little rose the ranks from associate professor to full professor at Baldwin-Wallace College between 1975 and 2013, also serving as department chair from 1978 to 1983. In addition, he served Kent State University as vice-chair of the faculty senate from 1970 to 1973. He was also a visiting professor at Bowling Green State University in 2004, Oglala Lakota College in 1996 and Ohio State University in the 1980s and 1990s. Finding great success in his profession, Dr. Little was the recipient of the Christofferson-Fawcett Award for Lifetime Achievement in Mathematics Education from the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics in 1990, which he calls the highlight of his career. He also took home the Strosacker Excellence in Teaching Award and Student Senate Faculty Excellence Award from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1999, along with the Lifetime Contribution to Mathematics Education Award from the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics with his wife, Laura, in 2018. Dr. Little attributes his success to his propensity for serving as a leader to others. At the same time, he values the input of others, who help in keeping him honest and serving in their best interest. To attest to his legacy, Dr. Little can also be found in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who in the World.
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