Passion for Math
Math really chose me. It was the path of least resistance because I discovered I had a talent for doing math. As an undergraduate student, I had an opportunity to do math tutoring. I found the experience enjoyable and useful. In graduate school I began teaching my own courses, and I knew I wanted to continue to teach as my career.
On a sabbatical, I created a bank of sports-related math and statistics questions that are used in the WebAssign online homework. I used material from my second sabbatical to publish the paper, "A Closer Look at the 24 Game." I have used this research in math activities at department-sponsored events.
Why Teach at Mount Union?
Ok, first of all, it was a job in a discipline I had prepared for. Then, it was a job in an interesting department in a collegial community. Finally, the university had a comprehensive curriculum and environment that would provide me the opportunity to grow and prosper. Students are the main focus at UMU, and I am most satisfied when I can help students to find their talents and direct their interests toward personal growth and achievement. Students have easy access to faculty and to courses, programs, activities and campus events. Every student has a chance to participate in a wide variety of offerings. We have a range of specialties from pure math, to applied math and statistics and now, computer science.