I am an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Lewis University, a private regional liberal arts university in the Chicago suburbs with a focus on teaching and undergraduate research and experiences.
My main work for my university involves teaching and mentoring undergraduate research projects which is a lot of fun! During my time at Lewis, I have worked with over 30 students on projects involving math education, linear algebra, statistics, and data science. Most of my current projects are more applied than my dissertation work which was done in geometric group theory and has a mix of analysis, algebra, and topology. My specific PhD work involved generalizing Yu’s Property A. I also worked on Sylow Group theory at the University of Kentucky. My current projects are applying linear algebra-based prediction models to sports analytics, modeling DNA self-assembly using graph theory, and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning educational research studying the impact of Mastery-based Learning. As a teacher, I try to make my classes interesting, challenging, and fun by using activities rather than didactic lecturing. My favorite teacher in high school would say, ”we are in school to learn to think creatively and logically”, and as I progress in my career as a mathematics educator, I have adopted his mantra. Learning to think creatively and logically is more than a grade, it is a life skill that will help students be successful in whatever they choose to be in the future, from engineer to economist! This is my mission as a teacher, to enable my students to process the world around them in a creative and logical manner.