William (Bill)
Hawkins Program Director Strengthening Underrepresented Minority Mathematics Achievement Mathematical Association of America
Dr. William Anthony Hawkins,
Jr. was born in Washington,
D.C. After receiving his
B.S. in mathematics from
Howard University, he taught
at Cardozo High School in
Washington, D.C., where he
discovered his passion for
teaching. After receiving his
M.S. in physics from Howard
University and M.A. in
mathematics from the
University of Michigan,
Dr. Hawkins was appointed as
an instructor at Federal City
College (University of the
District of Columbia). After
several years at the College,
he returned to graduate
school at the University of
Michigan to obtain his
Ph.D. in mathematics.
Dr. Hawkins has dedicated his career to educating minority students in mathematics. After working as an associate professor at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), he went on to direct the nascent Strengthening Underrepresented Minority Mathematics Achievement (SUMMA) Program at the Mathematical Association of America. SUMMA was established to increase the representation of minorities in the fields of mathematics, science and engineering and improve the mathematics education of minorities. In later years, Dr. Hawkins has assumed roles as both SUMMA director and mathematics professor at UDC. His work has been recognized with multiple awards, including the 2006 Benjamin Banneker Legacy Award from the Banneker Institute of Science & Technology and the 2013 Gung and Hu Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics from the Mathematical Association of America.
