Teaching at Bowdoin

2017 - Fall MATH 1300 - Biostatistics
MATH 1808 - Biomathematics
2017 - Spring MATH 2208 - Ordinary Differential Equations
MATH 1808 - Biomathematics
2016 - Spring MATH 2208 - Ordinary Differential Equations
MATH 1200 - Intro to Statistics and Data Analysis
2015 - Fall MATH 2208 - Ordinary Differential Equations
MATH 1808 - Biomathematics


Prior Teaching at UMass Amherst

2014 - Spring MATH 331 - Ordinary Differential Equations for Scientists and Engineers (Section 05)
2013 - Fall MATH 331 - Ordinary Differential Equations for Scientists and Engineers (Section 05)
2013 - Spring MATH 331 - Ordinary Differential Equations for Scientists and Engineers (Section 03)
2012 - Fall MATH 551 - Introduction to Scientfic Computing (Section 02)
MATH 132 - Calculus II (Section C)
2012 - Spring MATH 331 - Ordinary Differential Equations for Scientists and Engineers (Section 03)
2011 - Fall MATH 132 - Calculus II (Section E & G)


A part of my teaching philosophy can be summarized in the following fable by Karl Smith. It is my goal to encourage students to be more like Cindy:

Once upon a time, two young ladies, Shelley and Cindy, came to a town called Mathematics. People had warned them that this was a particularly confusing town. Many people who arrived in Mathematics were very enthusiastic, but could not find their way around, became frustrated, gave up, and left town.

Shelley was strongly determined to succeed. She was going to learn her way through the town. For example, in order to learn how to go from her dorm to class, she concentrated on memorizing this clearly essential information: she had to walk 325 steps south, then 253 steps west, then 129 steps in a diagonal (southwest), and finally 86 steps north. It was not easy to remember all of that, but fortunately she had a very good instructor who helped her to walk the same path 50 times. In order to stick to the strictly necessary information, she ignored much of the beauty along the route, such as the colour of the adjacent buildings or the existence of trees, bushes, and nearby flowers. She always walked blindfolded. After repeated exercising, she succeeded in learning her way to class and also to the cafeteria. But she could not learn the way to the grocery store, the bus station, or a nice restaurant; there were just too many routes to memorize. It was so overwhelming! Finally, she gave up and left town; Mathematics was too complicated for her.

Cindy, on the other hand, was of a much less serious nature. To the dismay of her instructor, she did not even intend to memorize the number of steps of her walks. Neither did she use the standard blindfold which students need for learning. She was always curious, looking at the different buildings, trees, bushes, and nearby flowers or anything else not necessarily related to her walk. Sometimes she walked down dead-end alleys in order to find out where they were leading, even if this was obviously superfluous. Curiously, Cindy succeeded in learning how to walk from one place to another. She even found it easy and enjoyed the scenery. She eventually built a building on a vacant lot in the city of Mathematics.



    - Smith, Karl J. The Nature of Mathematics