I was a visiting assistant professor at
St. Olaf College Fall 2010 and Spring 2011. There, I taught one section of Calculus 1, four sections of Calculus 2, and one section of Differential Equations. All course information was available to enrolled students on
Moodle, but summaries of course content are available here:
Calculus 1
This course introduces differential and integral calculus of functions of a single real variable, including trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Derivatives and integrals are explored graphically, symbolically, and numerically. Applications of the derivative are included. Prerequisite: mathematics placement recommendation.
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[Sample Worksheet]
Calculus 2
This course covers methods and applications of integration, geometric and Taylor series, and introduces partial derivatives and double integrals. Prerequisite: Calculus 1.
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Differential Equations
This course introduces differential equations and analytical, numerical, and graphical techniques for the analysis of their solutions. First- and second-order differential equations and linear systems are studied. Applications are selected from areas such as biology, chemistry, economics, ecology, and physics. Laplace transforms or nonlinear systems may be covered as time permits. Students use computers extensively to calculate and visualize results. Prerequisite: Calculus 2 and Linear Algebra.
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My position as a teaching assistant at the
University of Wisconsin began upon my entry as a graduate student in the
Fall of 2005. Spring 2006 and 2009, I was supported by the VIGRE grant, and in spring 2008 I was studying at
MSRI, and so was without teaching responsibilities.
Sections taught as a teaching assistant:
I also participated in a year-long seminar (2005-2006, run by
Bob Wilson) in which I
helped to revise the training program for new Teaching Assistants. Later, I continued to help design and edit the
Resources for Mathematics Teaching Assistants site which had its start in this seminar.
My tutoring and mentoring experience includes working for the Academic Excellence Program,
a special program designed to help students learn more by teaching them to
work together. Tutors for this program attended weekly
training meetings at which we discussed creative ways to teach and facilitate
problem solving. We also ran exam review sessions and designed special
workshops for study skills and writing style.
Together with Tim Carnes and
Eric Malm,
I prepared a version of this Writing Tips
handout.
I also worked at one of the University of Wisconsin's special
tutoring programs in Fall 2006.
The Mathematics Tutorial
Program offers free tutoring in a cooperative learning environment for
students enrolled in introductory math classes. Along with a tutor, students
predominantly spend the time working practice problems at the board. The focus
is on student work and presentation, guided by tutors and worksheets.
Finally, in Fall 2007 and 2008, I served as a mentor for the UW Mentorship program for women in Math and Science, a mentorship program connecting talented highschool girls to Math graduate students.