Professor of Mathematics
and Graduate Program Co-Director
Appalachian State University
Boone, North Carolina
Welcome to my webpage. Please follow the links above and on the left to find out about me. I may be contacted at:
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Boone, NC 28608
shipping address: 121 Bodenheimer Drive #327 (UPS/FedEx)
physical location: 327 Walker Hall
Fall 2016 Schedule
I am teaching MAT 3310 Modeling (MWF at noon) and two sections of MAT 1020 College Algebra (M-R at 3 and 4 PM). Students should be checking ASULearn regularly for information about these courses.
I am usually on campus Monday through Friday from 10:30 to 5:00, and my office hours are MWF at 11 AM, and M-F at 2 PM. If you need to see me outside of class or office hours you should make an appointment. Email is the best way to contact me if I am not in my office.
- co-director for the mathematics graduate program with Ross Gosky
- co-editor for The Centroid, the Journal of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics with Debbie Crocker
- webmaster for the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ncctm.org)
- mathematics editor for the Journal of Computational Science Education (JOCSE)
- vice chair for SIG-HPC Education
- member of Appalachian State University committees: Graduate APP; Residence Appeals Board; Arts and Cultural Programs Committee
I have served on the Mathematical Association of America's Committee on the Mathematical Education of Teachers (COMET) from 2009 through 2014, and on the Education Committees and as coordinator for the Mathematics Workshop sessions for Super Computing 2011 (SC11) and Super Computing 2010 (SC10). I also served as regional coordinator for the Mathematical Association of America's Preparing Mathematicians to Educate Teachers (PMET) initiative and as co-PI on the NSF funded National Computational Science Institute and Shodor Computational Science Institute. I also help when I can with Project Interactivate and other mathematics and computational science initiatives at The Shodor Education Foundation, on whose Board of Directors I serve.
I served from 2005 through 2013 as the Associate Dean in the Cratis Williams Graduate School, during which time I was responsible for and supervised staff in graduate recruiting, admissions, assistantships, and records. In that capacity I served on many University committees and as secretary for the North Carolina Conference of Graduate Schools.
- The Racing Game – A Probability Activity, The Centroid 40(2), 2015
- Six entries in The Encyclopedia of Mathematics and Society, S. Greenwald and J. Thomley, Eds., Salem Press, 2012 (Predator-Prey Models; Income Tax; Sudoku; Home Buying: Mortgages & Amortization; Forest Fires; Musical Scales & Tuning)
- Functions as Graphs: Depth Versus Volume in a Vase, The Centroid 38(1), 2012
- How Do You Know? Using Mathematics to Make Decisions, Kendall-Hunt, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2011 (Co-Editor: J. Smith; with J. Bennett, N. Sexton, J. Smith, W. Sprunt)
- Sudoku – Serious math? Yes! The Centroid 33(1), 2007
- Increasing the Relevance to and Engagement of Students in a Quantitative Literacy Course, in Current Practices in Quantitative Literacy, MAA Notes #70, R. Gillman, Ed., Mathematical Association of America, 2006 (with: S. Greenwald)
- Using the Historical Development of Predator-Prey Models to Teach Mathematical Modeling, in From Calculus to Computers: using the last 200 years of mathematics history in the classroom, Mathematical Association of America, 2005
- A Primer for Logic and Proof, Appalachian State University, 2004 (with J. Hirst)
Selected Honors and Awards
- North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics Innovator Award, 2013 (with D. Crocker and all former editors of The Centroid)
- Appalachian State University Cratis Williams Graduate School Academy of Outstanding Mentors, 2013
- Appalachian State University Plemmons Leadership Medallion, 2007
- Appalachian State University Arts & Sciences James R. Smith Outstanding Service Award, 2003
- Nominee, Appalachian State University Arts & Sciences Academy of Outstanding Teachers, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2003
- First Prize for Quantitative Literacy, 1996-1997 Annenberg/CPB Innovative Uses of Technology in Mathematics Service Courses Awards Competition, 1996 (with J. Bennett, N. Sexton, J. Smith, W. Sprunt)
- Appalachian State University Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award, 1995
- Undergraduate Computational Science Education Award, U.S. Department of Energy, 1995
I am married to Dr. Jeff Hirst, also a professor of mathematics at Appalachian. We both love mathematics, cooking, music, science fiction, and living in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. We share our home with our four furry children: June, Remi, CC, and Henry.