The purpose of PASSHEMA is for members to share information on the teaching and learning of mathematics, and on other research topics in the mathematical sciences. To quote the PASSHEMA Constitution, some of the goals of PASSHEMA are:
* "To further the propagation of mathematics and mathematical sciences education within member institutions throughout Pennsylvania.
* "To provide a forum for the discussion of common problems within the member institutions as related to mathematics and mathematical sciences education.
* "To encourage cooperation within the member institutions as related to mathematics and mathematical sciences education.
* "To encourage coordination of activities within the member institutions related to mathematics and mathematical sciences education."
To help PASSHEMA reach these goals, the Association holds a conference each year at one of the member institutions on a rotating basis. The 1999 conference was held at Shippensburg University, and future conferences are scheduled for Clarion University in 2000, and Lock Haven University in 2001.
The managing body of PASSHEMA is its Executive Board, consisting of one representative from each of the departments which are departmental members, the Program Chair and the Assistant Program Chair for the annual conference. The four officers of PASSHEMA, Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, are elected from the members of the Executive Board.