I am pleased to be a member of the faculty at Framingham State University, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to and participate in a learning environment which is focused on the ever-changing needs and education of its students.
Prior to joining the Department of Mathematics in Fall 2000, I was a member of the Faculty at the College of General Studies at Boston University. I earned my Master's Degree in Mathematics and my Doctoral Degree in Mathematics with a specialization in Numerical Analysis in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Boston University. I did my Doctoral research in Filtering under the direction of Dr. Robin E. Esch. I earned my Bachelor's Degree with majors in Mathematics and Physics at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. My research interests include filtering, difference equations, differential equations, and mathematics education. My newest interests are Number Theory and Geometry.
Since 1996, I have presented a variety of invited presentations, contributed paper presentations, workshops, minicourses, and short courses at conferences. The conferences that I attend and at which I present include the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) MathFests, the Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) of the MAA and the American Mathematical Society (AMS), meetings of the Northeastern Section of the MAA (NES/MAA), the International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics (ICTCM), and Fairfield University's Technology, Pedagogy, and Course Redesign Conference.
My past professional activities include serving as the Program Chair and Local Arrangements Coordinator for the 2007 Fall Meeting of the NES/MAA and the 2002 Fall Meeting of the NES/MAA, both held at Framingham State University, serving as the Program Chair for the 2001 Spring Meeting of the NES/MAA held at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont, serving as the Co-Chair of the Program Committee for the 1999 Spring Meeting of the NES/MAA held at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and organizing contributed paper sessions for MathFests and JMM's. Some of these contributed paper sessions include
I organized and moderated the MathFest 2001 Special Session Panel Discussion On Grant Writing: Everything That You Have Always Wanted To Know About The Grant Writing Process From Those Who Have Been Awarded Funding, and co-organized and co-moderated for the "Classroom Demonstrations and Course Projects that Make a Difference" contributed paper session with David R. Hill, Temple University, and Lila F. Roberts, Georgia College & State University at the 2001 Joint Mathematics Meetings in New Orleans, Louisiana, the 2002 Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego, and the 2003 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore, Maryland.
My professional activities include having served as the Chair of the MAA Committee on Sessions of Contributed Papers and as a member of the MAA Council on Meetings and Professional Development as well as the MAA Subcommittee on Curriculum Renewal Across the First Two Years and the MAA Committee on Panels. I completed my term as the Past-Chair of the Northeastern Section of the Mathematical Association of America (NES/MAA) in 2007, and I served as the Chair of the NES/MAA during 2003 - 2005 and as Vice-Chair during 2002 - 2003.
Some of the committees on which I served at Framingham State University include the University Curriculum Committee (Fall 2001 through Spring 2016), the Orientation Advisory Committee (Fall 2002 through Spring 2006), the Honors Advisory Council (Fall 2003 through Spring 2016), the Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Scholarship Committee (Fall 2001 through Spring 2008), the Kenneth J. Preskenis Scholarship Committee (Spring 2003 through Spring 2008), and various committees for the Mathematics Department including the Criteria Committee, and the Screening and Search Committees for faculty searches since 2001. During my fifteen (15) consecutive years serving on the University Curriculum Committee (UCC), I served as a Subcommittee Chair for eight (8) consecutive years and Logs/Forms editor for twelve (12) consecutive years. I served as the Co-Chair for the Mathematics Department Search Committee 2004 - 2007, and I served as the Chair for Mathematics Department Search Committee 2008 - 2010. I have served as a member of the All-University Committee (AUC) and the Graduate Education Council (GEC) since 2017, and I served as the Chair of the All-University Committee 2018 - 2021.
In 2003, I organized the first Northeastern Section of the Mathematical Association of America (NES/MAA) Dinner Meeting in Memory of Kenneth J. Preskenis; I have organized the Dinner Meeting, also known as the Preskenis Dinner, at Framingham State University every Spring since 2003. Ken was a member of the Mathematics faculty for twenty-five years: he joined the Framingham State University faculty in 1977 after teaching at Newton College and Boston College. The Dinner Meeting consists of a dinner followed by the annual Preskenis Lecture, a general-interest presentation related to an interesting area of mathematics given by a well-known mathematician.
I am an active member of the Massachusetts State College Association (MSCA), the union for Faculty and Librarians at Framingham State University. I have served as the Chair of the Elections Committee since 2014, and I have served as the Chair of the Credentials Committee since 2017; I have been a member of the Credentials Committee since 2015, and I served as Vice-Chair during 2016 - 2017. For the MSCA-Framingham, I have served as the Election Committee since 2012. In addition, I have served as an MSCA-Framingham delegate for the MSCA Annual Delegate Assembly since 2013. I served as an MSCA-Framingham delegate for the Massachusetts Teacher Association (MTA) Annual Meeting 2013 - 2017, 2019, and 2021.
I am a member of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC), the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA), and the National Education Association. I was a member of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM), and the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) through 2020.
I like to work, and I enjoy learning new things. My favorite part of teaching is helping my students to see the beauty and the power of mathematics while helping them to see that they can "do" mathematics. I enjoy discussing courses and careers with students whether they are officially my advisees or not. It is a pleasure to share what I have learned in the hopes that it will help my students in their academic and personal growth.
My hobbies include playing the clarinet, learning to play the guitar, reading, and making interactive teaching tools using MS Excel. I must admit that, since I spend a lot of time working in my office in Hemenway Hall at Framingham State University -- now, remotely at home due to the pandemic -- and working on the computer late into the night, my clarinet and my guitar are a bit dusty right now. I continue to develop my website, and you are welcome to email your comments regarding my website as they are appreciated and always welcome; you may use the hyperlinks in this sentence to send me an email regarding the my website.