## Undergraduate School Math (and Physics)

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!

## Graduate School Math

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.

## Aftermath?

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.

## Useless Math Facts

My **Erdos Number** is: **5**

My "mathematical genealogy" can be explored here.