Cynthia Huffman

Cynthia Huffman

This fall, Cynthia Huffman began her 21st year of teaching mathematics at PSU. She said she loves her job today just as much, if not more, than ever before.
Huffman’s passion for teaching is one of the reasons she has received the Kansas Section of the Mathematical Association of America Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. The award recognizes university or college mathematics teachers “who have been widely recognized as extraordinarily successful.”
“As a student at Pitt State, I was influenced by wonderful professors who instilled a love of learning within me,” Huffman said. “Now I am blessed to work with great colleagues as we try to continue that legacy. So many of our students are going on to make a difference in the world and that makes me very proud.”
Huffman said one of her goals in every class she teaches is to open students’ minds to the broader world around them.
“I believe it is important to expose college students to new ideas and concepts in order to help them become better problem solvers and better equipped to succeed at their careers,” Huffman said.
Huffman credits her parents for much of her inspiration to teach.
“My mom was an elementary school teacher and my father (Wilmer Huffman) was an accounting professor at Pitt State,” Huffman said. “I come from a family of teachers so it’s sort of the family business.”