Commons Dean - Ross
Dean Janine loves Ross Commons and the way it welcomes students into the Middlebury community and stays connected with them for their entire time here. It is so exciting to work with students as they enter, orient, explore, and later choose a major; then finally complete the senior work that draws to them and brings out their talents and skills.
Ross Commons means ‘integrity and respect’ and also the joy of discovery! Dean Janine advises individual students on social and personal issues, as well as matters of academic progress. She works to promote a healthy, safe, and respectful Ross community.
Janine has been a member of the Department of Mathematics since 1984. Her current interests lie in the area of Ethnomathematics, a field in the History of Mathematics that focuses on the Mathematics that arises from cultural necessity and expression. The students of Ethnomath this past spring gave a talk in the Math Department Colloquium Series and later presented on a fascinating array of ethnomathematical paradigms and activities to their classmates.
An award winning educator and study skills expert, Janine believes that each student can find a workable combination of study patterns and involvement in personal interests that makes Middlebury life satisfying. Janine developed and directed the Office of Academic Support (now CTLR) for ten years before becoming Dean of Ross Commons in 2002. She has deep qualifications in psychology that serve her well as she works with her favorite age group at Middlebury. Dean Janine calls her Deanship “the most satisfying work I have ever done.”
Janine and her family grow food in their organic garden with passion and fury; they like to snowshoe, make snow forts and generally carry on in the snow. Janine sings in local choral groups, including Maiden Vermont, a women’s a capella barbershop chorus.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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MATH 0250 - Ethnomathematics
Ethnomathematics: A Multicultural View of Mathematical Ideas and Methods*
What are the cultural roots of the mathematics we study and use today? Even though it has been developed by individuals from widely varying cultural contexts, we take the verity, consistency, and universality of mathematics for granted. How does the western tradition stand in comparison to the mathematics developed by indigenous societies, labor communities, religious traditions, and other groups that can be studied ethnographically? By examining the cultural influences on people and the mathematics they practice, we shall deepen our understanding of mathematics and its relationship to society. 3 hrs. lect/disc.
Winter 2010, Spring 2011
MATH 0500 - Advanced Study ▲ ▹
Individual study for qualified students in more advanced topics in algebra, number theory, real or complex analysis, topology. Particularly suited for those who enter with advanced standing. (Approval required) 3 hrs. lect./disc.
Winter 2010, Winter 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014