I started working at Middlebury's Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research (CTLR) in the fall of 2008 as the inaugural Director of Quantitative Skills Support (currently the Director of STEM Support). In this role I oversee the recruitment, hiring, training, and supervision of student tutors for classes in mathematics, the sciences, logic, and social science. I also work directly with students as a professional tutor for mathematics and related courses (drop-in and by appointment) and provide guidance as students assess their prior knowledge.
Helping students learn is my passion. In addition to the activities described above, I taught my first class at Middlebury in 2005 (as a Visiting Assistant Professor) and more recently I've developed and teach two math courses each year.
Before coming to Middlebury I taught mathematics for 13 years at Castleton State College, reaching Full Professor in May, 2006, preceded by three years as Visiting Assistant Professor at Dartmouth College. In my 25—year career (so far!) as an educator I have taught more than 20 courses at all levels of the undergraduate mathematics curriculum, including courses for majors and non-majors, and have created and taught several innovative and/or interdisciplinary courses. I received my M.A. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from Dartmouth in 1992, specializing in algebraic topology.
From 2002 to 2011 I served on the Board of Directors of the New England Faculty Development Consortium (NEFDC). A member driven organization, NEFDC presents two day-long conferences per year and provides additional resources for college and university faculty, staff, and administrators that enhance teaching and learning. I have continued to work in the area of faculty development at CTLR by organizing the Annual Pedagogy Series and co-planning our more recent series, Contemporary Teaching in the Liberal Arts, and our two-day Spring Learning Institute.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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MATH 0100 / INTD 0100 - A World of Mathematics ▲
A World of Mathematics
How long will oil last? What is the fairest voting system? How can we harvest food and other resources sustainably? To explore such real-world questions we will study a variety of mathematical ideas and methods, including modeling, logical analysis, discrete dynamical systems, and elementary statistics. This is an alternative first mathematics course for students not pursuing the calculus sequence in their first semester. The only prerequisite is an interest in exploring contemporary issues using the mathematics that lies within those issues. (Approval required; This course is not open to students who have had a prior course in calculus or statistics.) 3 hrs lect./disc. DED
Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015
MATH 0190 - Math Proof: Art and Argument ▹
Mathematical Proof: Art and Argument
Mathematical proof is the language of mathematics. As preparation for upper-level coursework, this course will give students an opportunity to build a strong foundation in reading, writing, and analyzing mathematical argument. Course topics will include an introduction to mathematical logic, standard proof structures and methods, set theory, and elementary number theory. Additional topics will preview ideas and methods from more advanced courses. We will also explore important historical examples of proofs, both ancient and modern. The driving force behind this course will be mathematical expression with a primary focus on argumentation and the creative process. (MATH 0122 or MATH 0200) 3 hrs. lect. CW DED
Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016