Tenured & Tenure Track Faculty

Johnathan Bardsley Professor of Mathematics

Office: Math 210
Email: bardsleyj@mso.umt.edu
Fax: (406) 243-2674
Office Hours:

2-3pm MTWF

Research Interests

Inverse Problems, Uncertainty Quantification, Computational Mathematics, Computational Statistics


Jennifer Brooks Associate Professor

Email: Jennifer.Brooks@mso.umt.edu
Office Hours:

on leave

Research Interests

Analysis


Eric Chesebro Associate Professor

Office: Math 308
Email: Eric.Chesebro@mso.umt.edu
Office Hours:

2-3P Monday and Wednesday and by appointment

Research Interests

Geometric topology, especially knot theory and hyperbolic 3-manifolds.

I also used to be a sculptor and printmaker.  Most of my artwork was designed using random numbers and elementary mathematics.


Lauren Fern Lecturer

Office: Math 205B
Email: fernl@mso.umt.edu
Office Hours:

Monday: 2:00-2:50

Wednesday: 1:00-2:30

Friday: 1:00-1:50

or by appointment!


Elizabeth Gillaspy Assistant professor

Office: MATH 012
Email: elizabeth.gillaspy@mso.umt.edu
Office Hours:

For MATH 273:

MWF 10 - 10:30 AM; Monday 4:30 - 5 PM; Tuesday 10 - 11 AM; Thursday 1:30 - 2:30 PM; or by appointment.

For MATH 555: Thursday 2:30 - 3:30 PM, or by appointment.


Jon Graham Professor

Office: Math 204
Email: jgraham@mso.umt.edu
Fax: 406-243-2674

Research Interests

Mathematical & Applied Statistics


Leonid Kalachev Professor

Office: Math 309
Email: Kalachev@mso.umt.edu
Office Hours:

On leave

Research Interests

Applied Mathematics, Asymptotic Methods


Mark Kayll Professor

Office: MATH 209
Email: mark.kayll@umontana.edu
Office Hours:

Monday: 2:00 -- 2:50pm; Thursday: 12:20 -- 1:10pm; and by appointment (informal or otherwise)

Research Interests

Discrete Mathematics, Optimization, Theoretical Computer Science


Cindy Leary Lecturer

Office: Math 214
Email: cindy.leary@mso.umt.edu

Kelly McKinnie Associate Professor

Office: Math 111
Email: Kelly.McKinnie@mso.umt.edu
Office Hours:

Here is a link to my office hours as a google calendar.

Research Interests

Finite dimensional division algebras, the Brauer group, valuation theory and algebraic geometry


Jenny McNulty Associate Dean / Professor

Office: LA 136 A
Email: mcnulty@mso.umt.edu
Office Hours:

By Appointment

Research Interests

Combinatorics, Matroids, Graph Theory


Cory Palmer Associate Professor and Associate Chair - Graduate Program

Office: Math 004E
Email: cory.palmer@umontana.edu
Office Hours:

Wednesday 3 - 4

Research Interests

Graph theory and combinatorics


David Patterson Professor

Office: Math 208
Email: david.patterson@umontana.edu
Office Hours:

Fall 2017: Tu 2-3, W 4-5, F 11-12 & 3-4

Research Interests

Applied statistics, classification


Frederick Peck Assistant Professor

Office: Math 201
Email: frederick.peck@umontana.edu
Office Hours:

I'm always happy to meet! Offically, my office hourse for Fall 2017 are Mon and Wed, 10:00 – 11:00. But, I'm often available other times. Just click here to schedule a meeting with me.

Research Interests

My research explores the educational implications of treating mathematics as a human activity. I take the perspective that all human activity is inexorably bound with culture: activity is "mediated" by cultural artifacts, and cultural artifacts are produced through human activity. I therefore take a cultural perspective on learning, studying the mutually constitutive nature of mathematical artifacts—including models, tools, strategies, representations, algorithms, and notation systems—and mathematical activity. I explore the ways in which artifacts are reinvented and made-meaningful in activity, and the ways in which these artifacts mediate future activity. 

 

"Mediation" is a complicated word for a fairly simple idea. Here is the idea: Human activities take place in a cultural milieu and therefore thay always incoprorate pieces of prior human activiites. Thus human actions “involve not a direct action on the world but an indirect action, one that takes a bit of material matter used previously and incorporates it as an aspect of action” (Cole & Wertsch, 1996, p. 252). Here, the “bit of material matter” is a cultural artifact. In recruiting thses artifacts into activity, we distribute the labor across these artifacts. This is surely true for physical actions—consider how the activity of pole vaulting, for example, is distributed across the pole vaulter and the pole—but it is also true for cognitive actions. What this means is that I believe cognition is not something that happens “in the head”, but rather is distributed across resources in the environment. As Edwin Hutchins explains, “humans create their cognitive powers in part by creating the environments in which they exercise those powers.”

Broadly, then, I am interested in the ways that cognition gets distributed in math classrooms; how artifacts—such as models, tools, representations, and symbol systems—mediate learning in mathematics. To study this, I conduct classroom design experiments in high schools. My most-recent study took place in an Algebra II classroom, and explored how students learn quadratic functions. Prior work has explored how students develop a robust understanding of slope, and how students come to understand fractions-as-division.

Artifacts do more than meditate activity. As humans act with artifacts, the artifacts “act back” on the human actors, such that humans are constituted by culture. Thus, I am also interested in how students become particular kinds of people, and the ways that mathematics mediates students' educational and biographical trajectories. To study this, I conduct ethnographic work in educational and community settings.

Finally, I am interested in educational measurement and psychometrics. In this line of research, I interrogate the design principles behind educational assessments, and to explore ways of bringing learning theories to bear on the design of assessments. For example, if students "create their cognitive powers in part by creating the environments in which they exercise those power," then what does this mean for "traditional" tests which—by design—occur in cognitively impoverished environments?


Matthew Roscoe Assistant Professor

Office: Math 213
Email: matt.roscoe@umontana.edu
Office Hours:

M 2-3PM

TTh 1-3

Or By Appointment
 

Research Interests

Mathematics Education


Ekaterina Smirnova Assistant Professor

Office: Math 301
Email: Ekaterina.Smirnova@mso.umt.edu

Research Interests

My current research interests are focused on the development of statistical methods for high dimensional  data analysis.  High dimensional data problems arise in various fields such as functional neuroimaging, DNA and metagenomic microbial communities sequencing.  I worked on fMRI voxel-wise connectivity analysis problems using wavelet shrinkage denoising methods and large covariance matrix estimation for dependent data.  My current research projects involve algorithmic and eigen-decomposition based dimension reduction techniques for next generation microbiome sequencing data visualization and health outcomes prediction. I also work on evaluating the effect of  data pre-processing bias on statistical analysis.

I collaborate with microbiologists, statisticians and mathematicians to achieve both biologically relevant and mathematically justified  solutions to these interdisciplinary problems.  As a part of our work, we provide software solution and data analysis methods manuals  to our collaborators working in clinical and translational research.

 


Regina Souza Lecturer

Office: Math 104
Email: regina.souza@umontana.edu
Office Hours:
  • Monday: 2-2:50pm
  • Tuesday: 4-4:50pm
  • Wednesday: 2-2:50pm
  • Thursday: 10-10:50am
    Or email for an appointment

Research Interests

Differential Geometry


Bonnie Spence Lecturer

Office: Mathematics 004A
Email: bonnie.spence@umontana.edu
Office Hours:

In office MWF 2-3 pm  or by Appointment on T/TH after 10 am

 

 


Bharath Sriraman Professor

Office: Math 310
Email: sriramanb@mso.umt.edu
Office Hours:

Office hours [Fall 2017]

MW: 9-9.50 

 

Research Interests

Creativity; Learning Sciences; Interdisciplinarity (Math-Art-Science); International Mathematics Education; Epistemology; Encyclopaedism


Gregory St. George Associate Professor

Office: Math 313
Email: gregory.stgeorge@umontana.edu
Office Hours:

on leave

Research Interests

Functional Analysis


Brian Steele Professor

Office: Math314
Email: brian.steele@umontana.edu
Office Hours:

MWF 2:00-3:00 PM and by apointment

Research Interests

Predictive analytics


Emily Stone Department Chair, Professor

Office: Math 004B
Email: Emily.Stone@umontana.edu
Office Hours:

Fall 2017 Semester

Mon 10:00-10:50

Tuesday 10:00-10:50
Wed. 10:00-10:50
Friday 10:00-10:50

Research Interests

Applied Math and Dynamical Systems


Karel Stroethoff Professor

Office: MA 307
Email: karel.stroethoff@umontana.edu
Office Hours:

Monday: 4:10-5:00
Tuesday: 5:00-5:50
Wednesday: 5:00-5:10
Friday: 4:10-5:00

Research Interests

Complex & Functional Analysis, Operator Theory


Nikolaus Vonessen Professor and Associate Chair - Undergraduate Program

Office: Math 207
Email: nikolaus.vonessen@umontana.edu
Office Hours:

Office Hours at the end of the Fall Semester:

Monday, December 11: 11:00 - 11:50
Tuesday, December 12: 2:00 - 2:50
Wednesday, December 13: 9:30 - 10:30
Thursday, December 14: 9:30 - 10:30

If these times don't work for you, please contact me to make an appointment.

After December 14 until the beginning of the Spring Semester:

Please contact me to make an appointment.

 

Research Interests

Algebra, in particular non-commutative ring and invariant theory.


Ke Wu Associate Professor

Office: Math 304
Email: Ke.Wu@mso.umt.edu

Research Interests

STEM integration, STEM education, Mathematics Education, Mentoring, Multicultural STEM curriculum