I have always enjoyed mathematics. Even as a child in grade school, I enjoyed solving number puzzles and the "challenge" problems in math books. My enjoyment and interest continued through high school and college, and I ultimately did my Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Indiana in Bloomington. My Ph.D thesis topic was in knot theory, which is a branch of three- and four-dimensional topology. Since then I have taught at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois, and Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. My current research interests are in the history of mathematics. Specifically, I am interested in the connections between mathematics and art in the early Renaissance, and in the mathematics of Albrecht Dürer in particular. I enjoy bringing the history of mathematics into all that I teach, and I enjoy teaching all kinds of mathematics courses - I find all of them exciting.
My classroom is relaxed in atmosphere but rigorous in mathematics. Students should expect to do read the textbook at home and do a group work in class. I would rather assign presentations and take home finals than have students memorize facts for in-class exams.
Outside the classroom I am active as the Associate Director of General Education, in the GSU Faculty Senate, and the Educational Policies Committee. These activities are an opportunity to serve the GSU community as welll as interact with colleagues, students, and administration outside of my division. I have, for several years now, been going to Kansas City to help grade the AP Calculus exam. I also have acted as a judge in the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics High School Regional Competition, at Lincoln Way East High School in Frankfort.