Math 2250 students: The course webpage can be found here.


This semester, I'm teaching Math 2250, Linear Algebra and Differential Equations. During Fall 2011, I taught a similar course (Math 2243) at the University of Minnesota. While at Minnesota, I also taught an introductory number theory course (Math 4281) during Spring 2012. I did not teach during the 2012-2013 academic year; I was supported by a Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship during the Fall, and was at MSRI in the Spring.

As a graduate student at Michigan, I taught in the introductory calculus sequence (e.g., Math 115), and co-coordinated the introductory precalculus course (Math 105). I was also the recipient of an Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award, a competitive, university-wide teaching award. Since 1972, only a handful of math PhD students have won this award, and I am proud to share this honor with my advisor Karen Smith, Outstanding GSI Award winner (1992-1993).


While in grad school, I taught for four summers in the M-STEM Academy (the first year, M-STEM was part of the now-defunct Professionals in Training program). The M-STEM Adacemy is an outreach program run by the College of Engineering in which students from historically under-represented groups in the STEM fields (this includes women, students from rural areas, and first generational college students) are given academic and personal mentoring during their first years at the University. I really enjoyed teaching such an inspiring group of students, and the program is responsible for some of my fondest memories as a teacher!

Since leaving Michigan, I've lived in three different cities in three different years, which has affected my ability to be involved in such programs. However, if anyone at Utah knows of such a mentoring opportunity, please feel free to contact me!

Other work with students

While in grad school, I also taught in the Michigan Math and Science Scholars (MMSS) program (specifically, in Mel Hochster's sessions on Fibonacci Numbers) for three years. MMSS is a program in which talented high school students are exposed to more advanced mathematical topics; many of our domestic students are from Michigan, and every year we also had more than a handful of international students.

I have also been involved in various projects with undergrads: While at Michigan I (jointly with Bhargav Bhatt and Emily Witt) supervised an REU project for Joe Billian and Sifat Rahman (two Michigan undergraduates). At Minnesota, I supervised senior projects for Taka Inukai (on harmonic and symmetric polynomials) and Duksang Yoon (on Fourier Analysis), and I also supervised an informal summer reading course in abstract algebra for Mikal Nelson.