My math interests are in extremal graph theory and rainbow Ramsey theory. Since becoming a faculty member of SU, I have also studied and written about alternative grading, particularly mastery grading.
It is my job as a professor to communicate to students the basics, intricacies, applications, and beauty of mathematics. I want my classroom to be a space where students feel free to communicate, interact with others, and be themselves.
Creating a standards-based mathematical writing project
June, 10 2023
The Grading Conference 2023, Zoom (online)
In an attempt to gently introduce Calculus I students to formal mathematical writing, I created a writing project requiring an essay in article form that answers a multi-step, applied problem from the textbook. To ease students into the writing process and not overwhelm them with mathematics, I included supplemental videos, an instructive LaTeX template in Overleaf, and a rubric indicating the requirements for an A, B, or C. This standards-based approach to assessment is simple, clear, and easy to incorporate into a course using traditional or standards-based grading.
(8/29/22–present) I Chair the University Promotions Committee (UPC), the faculty-run committee that reviews faculty applications for tenure and promotion after the Deans of each school or college.
(8/29/22–present) I also serve on the Academic Policies Committee (APC), which reviews students grievances, considers university-level sanctions for academic misconduct, and recommends certain academic policies (for example, reforming the Final Exam Schedule or the policy on AI use).