A native of Minnesota, I did my undergraduate work at St. Olaf College. I received my Masters and Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. After finishing my degree, I spent four years in the Mathematics Department of the University of Minnesota. There I was very involved with the University of Minnesota Talented Youth Programs well as math and science enrichment programs for young students (grades 5-8).
After the U of MN, I spent time working as a consultant for IBM using statistics and mathematical models to solve industry problems. I joined the math department at Augsburg in 2002. In 2009, I took over as Director of the Minnesota State High School Mathematics League. I also currently serve as a District Director for the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics. My passion for mathematics and mathematics teaching keeps me connected with both k-12 and the college mathematics student and teacher communities. My passion for working with applied big data problems from industry keeps me connected with local business and industry that offer student internships and full-time positions in the area of business intelligence and data analytics for graduates with mathematics degrees.
- Ph.D., Mathematical Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
- M.S, Mathematical Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
- B.A., Mathematics, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
Course I regularly teach
- Calculus I and II
- Mathematics for Elementary Education I and II
- Honors Seminar: The Scholar Scientist
- Introduction to Real Analysis
- Introduction to Operations Research
- Mathematical Economics
Synergistic k-12 and Higher Education Activities
- Executive Director, Minnesota State High School Mathematics League (2008-present) Manage $190,000 annual operating budget supporting development, programming and delivery of an academic yearlong mathematics competition season involving over 175 high schools, 250 high school math teachers and 3000 plus students from around the State of Minnesota. Development and delivery of curricular materials and programming a summer Coaches Conference held annually in July for secondary mathematics teachers from Minnesota. Focus: instructional strategies for improving mathematical knowledge of gifted and talented 9-12 students in mathematics
- “Resource Region 7 Math and Science Partnership (R7MSTP),” Minnesota Department of Education grants. Co-PIs: Tracy Bibelnieks, Matt Haines (Mathematics), Linda Stevens (Mathematics Education), Rebecca Koelln (Director, Resource Solutions and Training, Elk River and St. Cloud School Districts).
Awarded $185,000 for 2010-11 for professional development for teachers in Region 7 school districts.
Focus: reasoning and proof across all content strands in middle school classrooms.
Awarded $171,000 for 2009-10 for professional development for teachers in Region 7 school districts.
Focus: algebraic reasoning across all content strands in middle school classrooms.
Awarded $250,000 for 2008-09 for professional development for teachers in Region 7 school districts.
Focus: Number and operation in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms.
- “Conceptual Mathematics Institute I and II (CMI): A Mathematics Institute for K-8 Teachers,” Minnesota Department of Education Mathematics and Science Partnership grants. Co-PIs: Tracy Bibelnieks, Matt Haines (Mathematics), Linda Stevens (Mathematics Education). Awarded $225,731 for 3-years, 2004-2007. Awarded $441,237 for 3-years, 2007-2010.
- Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board grant review, Technical Workshop Facilitator/Leader (1995- present). Direct collaboration with Elizabeth Powers, Executive Director of the Teacher Quality Professional Development Program, to award funding ($2 million annual budget), evaluate and provide technical direction to mathematics and science professional development programs around the State of Texas. Development of curricular materials and program for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Teacher Quality Project Director’s Technical Workshop, 2008-present.
- Development and Publication of Scoring Rubrics and Commentary for the College Board, AP Calculus Program for the 2008, 2009, 2010 and AP Calculus Exams. Responsibilities including development of rubric for 1 of the 8 free response problems, training of 800 college and high school teachers for scoring, analysis and assessment of application of the scoring rubric (to 300,000+ exams), development of materials published by The College Board on AP Central for AP Teacher Training workshops and web publication accessible to students, parents and teachers.
“Curriculum Framework for PA – Development of Model Mathematics Curriculum for Grades 4-7”. Peer reviewed by Pennsylvania Department of Education and published on PADE website and used in systemic, redesign of k-12 standards, curriculum and assessments, January – June, 2009.
“Determination of line Tension in Lipid Monolayers by Fourier Analysis of Capillary Waves,” co-author with Ben Strottrup, Physics, Augsburg College, and Alison Heussler, Physics, Augsburg College. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, September 2007, Vol. 111: 11091-11094.
“Development of a K-6 Mathematics Teaching Professional Continuum: Focus on Mathematics Content Courses,” co-author with Matt Haines, The Professional Education and Development of Teachers of Mathematics: an ICMI (International Conference on Mathematics Instruction) Study in Brazil. Published spring 2007, ICMI-9 Study Volume.
“Using Research, Collaboration with Education Colleagues and In-service Professional Development to Revise Pre-Service Mathematics Courses,” co-author with Matt Haines, Associate Professor, Mathematics Department, Augsburg College. MAA Note Series on the Mathematical Preparation of Preservice Teachers, Fall 2007.