The Wake Forest University Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society, selects Dr. John Gemmer for the 2021 Kulynych Family Omicron Delta Kappa Award.
Dr. Gemmer joined the Wake Forest Faculty in 2016 as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics. Dr. Gemmer currently serves as the primary advisor for the Applied Mathematics program, the faculty advisor for the Integrating Research in Science conference, and a member of the Equity Committee in the Mathematics Department. He is a recipient of the Archie Fund Award for primary research as well as a Sterge Faculty Fellow, a fellowship given to Wake Forest’s best teacher-scholars who have distinguished themselves as dedicated teachers and mentors with a strong record of scholarly activity.
Dr. Gemmer has embodied the ideals of Pro Humanitate through his commitment to his students, mentees, and the mathematics and science communities at Wake Forest and the greater Winston-Salem area. A student nominator commends Dr. Gemmer’s effort to “revolutionize what it is to be a part of the mathematics department” at Wake Forest by actively working to recruit and retain students with an untapped potential for the subject, especially students of genders and backgrounds not historically accepted in the mathematics community. Another ODK member noted that though he has never met Dr. Gemmer, “he is the most influential faculty member in the mathematics department”.
Another ODK member said that “Dr. Gemmer is quietly but steadily changing the culture around mathematics and gender inclusivity, and he never searches for recognition or acknowledgment.” The students of ODK recognize Dr. Gemmer for striving to bring collegiate women, nonbinary students, and minority students into the fold of mathematics.Dr. Gemmer serves the Wake Forest community courageously, compassionately, and tirelessly, and the Wake Forest Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa is proud to honor him. Dr. Gemmer’s work exemplifies the Kulynych Family Foundation Award in its goal to recognize an outstanding faculty member who bridges the gap between academic, community, and student life.