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March 7, 2017

The Mathematics Department offers its students an energetic and dedicated faculty who find the world of mathematics exciting and challenging, and coursework that provides them with opportunities to experience the wonders of mathematics themselves.

The Mathematics faculty is proud of their commitment to creative classroom instruction and active learning. Examples of these alternative educational experiences include the use of activities and projects, portfolios, group work and cooperative learning, guided discovery approaches to problem solving, outside mathematics activities, sidewalk chalk mathematics, writing about mathematics, reading and writing about mathematical literature, sending student groups to the blackboards, explorations using mathematical manipulatives, student presentations at conferences, innovative faculty-developed course materials in lieu of standard textbooks, community service, and technology. Many of these pedagogies, by requiring that students work together, help to create an inclusive, interactive learning environment where students develop important communication,interpersonal, and team working skills.

Our graduates go on to teach in public and private school systems. They find employment as actuaries, in the financial sector, with private companies and with government agencies. Many will go to graduate school and earn advanced degrees in Mathematics, Statistics, Information Technology, Engineering, Business and other fields.


Random Facts

  • All Math major classes are taught by full-time, tenure track faculty with a doctorate.
  • All Math major classes are capped at 25 students or less (though we will usually overload majors who really need the class).
  • Every student is assigned an academic advisor who helps with all questions academic (and most other questions as well).
  • We currently have about 80 majors and 12 fulltime faculty, so the student to faculty ratio in the major is better than 1:7.
  • Our students are among the highest achieving at WSU, one in five is a member of the University’s honors program.
  • Our students are encouraged to give conference presentations and work on individual research projects with professors.
  • There is always chocolate in the chair’s office.
  • Our faculty have three hours of scheduled drop-in office hour per week, plus you can stop by anytime.
  • There are more opportunities to tutor both on and off campus than we can fill.
  • We offer a wide range of extracurricular activities for our students.

FACULTY AND STAFF

Department Chair
Brian Jennings

Professors
Volker Ecke Julian Fleron Philip Hotchkiss John Judge Christine von Renesse Karin Vorwerk

Associate Professors
Anna Rokicki Edward Welsh Jim Wright

Assistant Professors
Philip DeOrsey Jesse Johnson

Administrative Assistant
Bryan Scott

DGCE Advising
Dori Gaulin

Adjunct Faculty
Mahmud Ahmadov Charles Bookman Lynn "Skip" Clark Mary Ann Connors Cassie Gendron Barry Hiney Paul Enman Jenny Livingstone Brenda Long Larry Morell Diane Morton Aderito Pires Denise Reed Rosann Ryczek Sue Stephens