I earned two bachelor's degrees, in Mathematics and Physics, from St. Bonaventure University.
My studies there have also included some graduate courses in mathematics education,
taken in a Master's program. I continue to be a fan of Bonnies Basketball.
After all, they're the only major sports team within 70 miles of where I grew up!
On August 10th, 1999, I completed the requirements for and received the
degree of Doctor of Arts in Mathematics, having worked for several years in absentia
from the Department of Mathematics at Carnegie Mellon, in Pittsburgh.
For my doctoral dissertation, I wrote a textbook for a basic course in linear algebra using
instructional technology. I also hold a Master's degree in Applied Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon.
I worked a two-year appointment as a lecturer in the
Department of Mathematics at
The University of Texas at El Paso, during which I taught four courses per semester
and worked in absentia on my dissertation. I look on it as a post-doc in math education.
It was here I got my first real experience teaching at the university level -- experience that
earned me six job offers when I sent out CV's in early 1998, despite being over a year
away from finishing a doctorate. I take pride in knowing few Ph.D.'s can say that!
The offer I accepted was at The University of Detroit Mercy,
where I've labored ever since. I love it here -- can't say it any plainer.
My Erdos Number is: 5
My "mathematical genealogy" can be explored here.