The Department of Mathematics is saddened to announce the passing of Professor Maureen Bardwell on July 24 following a lengthy illness. Dr. Bardwell will be remembered fondly by both her colleagues and students at Westfield State University, where she provided more than 30 years of service. Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories on our FaceBook page.
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.