The award is presented every five years to a prominent mathematician from each section of the association. Chadick was chosen by the Louisiana-Mississippi section.
“This is quite an honor to be bestowed on me by fellow mathematicians and I am humbled by it,” said Chadick. “I can think of so many outstanding teachers in the two states who are worthy of this honor. I feel fortunate to have had a job that I truly loved and to have worked with so many outstanding people over the years.”
Chadick joined the faculty at Northwestern State in 1969 and retired as a professor of mathematics in 2005. He was named professor emeritus in 2011. Chadick was the first director of the Louisiana Scholars’ College from 1986-87 and was the first curriculum coordinator for the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts from 1983-85.
Chadick was selected three times as one of NSU’s exemplary faculty member for the CASE National Distinguished Professor Award and served as governor of the Louisiana-Mississippi section of the Mathematical Association of America for three years. Chadick is the creator and director of Faculty Teaching Circles, a program dedicated to the improvement of college teaching. He was selected as one of two university faculty to receive the first award for the NSU Alumni Association’s Outstanding Teacher Award and was one of three faculty to receive the University’s first Distinguished Faculty Chair honor.
Chadick was writer or co-writer of numerous successful grants, securing over $3.5 million in funding.
He served as chair of the LaCIP curriculum committee writing the Louisiana curriculum framework for grades 5-8.
He has served as a consultant to schools and parishes in Louisiana, colleges and universities and to the Louisiana Department of Education, writing and giving presentations.
He has been an invited speaker at mathematics conferences, professional organizations, schools and civic groups on topics including motivation, teaching, mathematics and humor.