I am a PhD Candidate in the Mathematics department at Oregon State University, and I am passionate about higher education and post-secondary teaching. My current professional interests are twofold:
Teaching lower-division undergraduate mathematics and working with the instructors who teach these courses
Creating and enacting curriculum for the professional development of teachers, particularly graduate teaching assistants
More details about my academic experience and scholarly interests are available in my Curriculum Vitae.
I grew up in Duluth, Minnesota, and many of the aspects of the Minnesotan way-of-being have stayed with me:
Although I have mastered the Minnesota goodbye (it can take half an hour for me to leave even after I've announced that it is time for me to go), I have also have learned how to manage my time effectively to be productive when it is time to work.
The Minnesota-nice runs strong in me, but I believe that setting boundaries and advocating for my needs helps me do meaningful work and be even more kind to myself and others.
I can small talk about that gosh-darn-windchill like any good Midwesterner, but I also know how to synthesize and communicate complex ideas.
Unfortunately for the analogy, I am not much of a hotdish person (a hotdish is basically a casserole...a bunch of seemingly random pantry items tossed together and baked in the oven). Instead, I am organized, intentional, and detail-oriented.
I grew up in an academic family that is strongly influenced by the liberal arts tradition and lifestyle. Then, I attended Morningside College, a small liberal arts college in Sioux City, Iowa, for my undergraduate degree. I completed a minor in piano performance along with my degree in math, and during my senior year I studied abroad in Ireland through the College of St. Scholastica back in my hometown of Duluth.
I am a lifelong learner because of the influence of the liberal arts college setting.