Professor Emerita in Education and Dean Emerita
Encaenia Ceremony A: May 16, 2007
Marian Small's influence on mathematics education is felt throughout North America and beyond.
The course materials she co-developed and taught in the University of New Brunswick's faculty of education, along with the textbooks she co-authored for public schools, have helped to make mathematics an engaging subject for tens of thousands of school children.
This university's Mathematics Education Centre, which she founded and directed for 15 years, is arguably the most important contribution to mathematics education in New Brunswick's history.
Dr. Small established UNB as a leader in mathematics education, and educators nationally consider her name and work synonymous with excellence
As a leader and administrator - chair of the department of curriculum and instruction, dean of education, and acting vice-president (academic) - she fostered the development of a healthy, collegial attitude that contributed to a supportive environment for the intellectual life of the university.
In 2004, she received the President's Medal in recognition of her extraordinary career, her contributions to the university, and fair-minded ideals.