Genevieve M. Knight

  • 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

    Genevieve M. Knight

    Columbia, Maryland 

    During more than 36 years of service to mathematics education, Genevieve Knight has taught, served on the NCTM Board of Directors, helped found the Benjamin Banneker Association, and been a tireless advocate of the need to serve all teachers and all students, regardless of ethnicity, gender, or socioeconomic background. At the time of this writing she is a professor of mathematics at Coppin State College in Baltimore, Maryland.

    Knight, who served on the NCTM Task Force on Girls and Underrepresented Groups in Mathematics and worked on the Equity and Excellence in Science and Mathematics Project, has always spoken out to support equity in mathematics education.

    Many awards attest to her status as a master teacher and mentor. She won distinguished teaching awards from both Hampton Institute (Va.) and Coppin State College. In 2015, she was selected to receive the Dr. Ettna Z. Falconer Award for Mentoring and Commitment to Diversity from Infinite Possibilities Conference, a project Building Diversity in Science (BDIS). In 1980 Knight was named Virginia College Mathematics Teacher of the Year, and in 1993 Maryland College Mathematics Teacher of the Year. Also in1993, she was honored with the Distinguished Teaching Award for College/University Faculty from the MD/DC/VA Section of the Mathematical Association of America.  In 1996 she was named Wilson H. Elkins Distinguished Professor for the University System of Maryland. As a mentor, she was honored in 1987 with the Outstanding Faculty Award for Mathematics and Mentoring of Minority Youth from the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.