SOUTH PORTLAND — A professor at Southern Maine Community College is one of six instructors nationwide to receive the 2011 Teaching Excellence Award from the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.

Florence Chambers came to SMCC in 2001 and has taught at colleges throughout the Northeast and Midwest for 43 years, according to a news release.

The association presents the award every two years to math instructors at two-year colleges who display excellence in the classroom, superior professional development and outstanding leadership qualities.

Nominated by her peers in SMCC’s math department, Chambers developed the college’s finite mathematics curriculum shortly after arriving. She teaches a range of courses from developmental mathematics to calculus.

“The SMCC community is fortunate to have a professor of Florence’s caliber,” said SMCC President Ronald Cantor.

Chambers has won other awards for teaching excellence, spoken widely at professional conferences and workshops and produced 11 technology supplements to textbooks.

“Teaching has always been my passion,” Chambers said. “I thoroughly enjoy working with students, particularly at the community college level, and am honored to have the opportunity to play a role in their education.”