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Are you currently involved in something interesting outside the classroom?
My research includes developing mathematical models for next generation mobile phones and pharmaceutical products.
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What area in your field are you most knowledgeable about?
The intersection of geometry, topology, and classical mechanics. Also on the education side, teaching for numeracy - both within math courses and without.
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What is your style of teaching?
I emphasize thinking carefully about concepts and contexts, not merely drilling problems. I have endless enthusiasm for the question "why?" in mathematics.
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When grading a student, what do you look for?
Clarity, confidence, completeness yet conciseness. I want to know that you didn't stumble upon your answer by accident, but by actually using your brain.
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When grading a student, what do you look for?
Right answer, correct method, elegant computer code.
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What is one accomplishment you are proud of?
Becoming notorious for my involvement in the new field of "math a cappella."
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What is the most engaging assignment you give?
Semester-length research projects challenging students to connect higher mathematics with something "real" outside of the class. Some surprising results!
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Are you currently involved in something interesting outside the classroom?
creating a concept inventory exam for a fundamentals of environmental engineering course
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What kind of student would love your class?
One who is willing to challenge himself/herself beyond textbook
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What is the most engaging assignment you give?
design of treatment plant
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Is there anything else the student should know before taking your class?
Surprisingly, math is more about words than numbers - because words are where ideas live. Expect to read and write (and put up with my own abuse of big words).
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Are you currently involved in something interesting outside the classroom?
I'm preparing a developmental math literacy text: what math do general-education students *really* need to know to succeed not just in math but in college?
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What area in your field are you most knowledgeable about?
Mathematical modelling. (The art and science of putting together and solving a relevant set of equations given observations, experimental data and/or guesses.)
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What materials and media do you use in the classroom?
Typed handout, projector, whiteboard. Occasional relevant experiments (live or, if dangerous, videos).
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Is there anything else the student should know before taking your class?
I like to make lectures as interactive as possible so please be ready to answer questions and work on the board. Also please join the course facebook page.
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When grading a student, what do you look for?
how much the student is willing and able to get out of his/her comfort zone, how much of a deep learner the student is.
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What is one piece of advice you have for students?
The word "study" means something different in college; most of your learning *will* happen outside of class. You won't become experts in only 3 hours per week!
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What is your style of teaching?
I try to make my lectures/practicals as interactive as possible.
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What materials and media do you use in the classroom?
All kinds - my favorite are "follow-along" packets and group activities that supplement notes, and interactive demos using Maple or Mathematica.
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What area in your field are you most knowledgeable about?
Wastewater Treatment
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What is the most engaging assignment you give?
I set students puzzle type problems (of the kind used in interviews) which can be solved using the concepts taught in their courses.
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What kind of student would love your class?
Someone who thinks of math as a laundry list of arbitrary and unapproachable rules to follow but not understand. Let me change your mind!
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What is one accomplishment you are proud of?
I am very proud of my mathematical model of bubble formation in stout beers.
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Is there anything else the student should know before taking your class?
have to love the topic; do not come just to fulfill a degree requirement
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What is one piece of advice you have for students?
Don't be afraid to try, even if you get the wrong answer. You are still learning lots. And please do ask if you don't understand. You won't be alone!
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What kind of student would love your class?
One who is interested in the subject and wants to learn.
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What is one accomplishment you are proud of?
Students telling me that after they graduate and work in an engineering company, they can easily do the projects they are given since they have done it before
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What is your style of teaching?
Blended, Interactive
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What materials and media do you use in the classroom?
Document camera, computer projector, whiteboard
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What is one piece of advice you have for students?
Do not give up
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