FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University mathematics professor Roger “Bucky” Allen Jr. will deliver the second-annual William C. Moran address at FMU, Thursday, March 30.
The program will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Cauthen Educational Media Center’s Lowrimore Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public. A reception will be held in The Cottage following the program.
Allen retires in August after 35 years of service to FMU. Among his many honors are being named Distinguished Professor in 1981 and Mamie C. Gray Professor of Mathematics in 2004. He is a member of the honor societies Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa, of Spades at Auburn University and the Raven Society at the University of Virginia, and is an original initiate of Kappa Mu Epsilon. He has served as faculty secretary of Omicron Delta Kappa since its inception at FMU and as president of Phi Kappa Phi.
Before beginning his teaching career, he graduated with high honors from Auburn University and earned the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Virginia. He has since been elected a Danforth Associate for excellence in teaching and commitment to students. He has also made numerous scholarly presentations at national, regional and state meetings.
As a professor of mathematics, Allen has specialized in the calculus series and analysis and probability, but has taught almost every mathematics course offered at FMU, frequently for the Honors program. He is a nationally recognized leader in the Advanced Placement calculus program, having served for 18 years as a reader and table leader at AP calculus readings, and has taught many AP calculus endorsement courses. He has even taught aboard a ship for the United States Navy’s PACE program.
Allen was the first non-chairman to serve on FMU’s Academic Council, and together with L.D. Hendrick, reformed promotion and tenure policies in the early years of Francis Marion. He chaired the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science from 1986 to 1995 and has served on five SACS visiting committees. He has been elected to a wide spectrum of university committees and to the Faculty Senate, and has chaired the Promotion and Tenure and the Nominating committees. As ranking senior faculty member, he has served as mace-bearer at FMU’s commencement ceremonies for the last three years.
Allen has been active in the Southeastern Section of the Mathematical Association of America, serving as state director for South Carolina and on the Section Teaching Award and Site Selection committees. He has also been vice president of the South Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics and of the South Carolina Association of Advanced Placement Mathematics Teachers. He is a co-author of “Solutions to the Advanced Placement Examinations (AB and BC)” and oversees the distribution of these “Solutions” locally, regionally, and nationally.
Outside the university, Allen has coached many youth and church teams in basketball and baseball. He has been a Sunday school teacher and president of the Parent-Teacher Association at West Florence High School. He and his wife, Kitty, have been married 45 years and are parents of three sons, Roger, George, and Dan.
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