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Mathematics Faculty Members

James McDonald, PhD
Department Chair

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James McDonald is an accelerator physicist who studies low-energy nuclear physics, particularly the reactions involved in solar fusion. He also has experience in radiation protection, K-12 science education, and the intersection of science and art. More Info...


Diego Benardete, PhD

Head Shot Diego Benardete studies pure and applied aspects of differential equations and dynamical systems. I also have a serious amateur’s interest in the history and philosophy of mathematics. More Info...

Robert Decker, PhD

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Differential Equations, Probability, Use of Technology in Mathematics Education More Info...

Aslihan Demirkaya, PhD

Head Shot Aslihan Demirkaya studied industrial engineering and mathematics in undergrad and then decided to continue on mathematics. Her research interests are Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations and Infinite Dimensional Dynamical Systems. More Info...

Mako Haruta, PhD

Head Shot Mako Haruta’s current focus is on mathematics curriculum development and the integration of technology into college mathematics courses. She also is involved in elementary and middle school gifted mathematics programs. More Info...

Joel Kagan, PhD

Head Shot Joel Kagan has served as Chair of the Departments of Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science for more than 20 years and as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for 18 years. More Info...

Raymond McGivney, PhD

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Use of technology and peer instruction to help students learn mathematics More Info...

Jean McGivney-Burelle, PhD
Director, Secondary Math Education

Head Shot Jean McGivney-Burelle's specialty is mathematics pedagogy. In particular, she is interested in the use of technology to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics. More Info...

Ben Pollina, PhD

Head Shot Ben Pollina's main focus is on the use of technology, primarily computer algebra and Internet homework systems in the teaching of mathematics. More Info...

Larissa B. Schroeder, PhD

Head Shot Larissa Schroeder’s specialty is in the area of K – 16 mathematics education with emphasis in issues associated with the importance of calculus in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education (STEM) and the mathematical preparation of teachers. More Info...

Mark Turpin, PhD

Head Shot Mark Turpin has learned to juggle, learned to solve Rubik’s cube, raised 3 children, climbed Long’s Peak, and solved a handful of unsolved math problems. More Info...

John Williams, PhD

Head Shot John Williams' academic career started in Complex Variables, in particular Univalent Function Theory. The Bieberbach conjecture was solved just when he graduated, but the problem on the exterior remains unsolved, to which he keeps up with the new results. More Info...

Fei Xue, PhD

Head Shot Fei Xue’s research specialties include difference and differential equations, as well as a new area called dynamical equations on time scales. More Info...