The Department of Mathematics is proud of its faculty, staff, and students—both current and former.
Dr. Jay Zimmerman earns 2015 President’s Award for Distinguished Service
Towson, MD (January 14, 2016) — Jay Zimmerman has made extraordinary contributions to teaching, scholarship and service—ranging from the Department of Mathematics to the University System of Maryland (USM)—during his 26 years as a member of Towson’s faculty. His selfless example has established him as a preeminent teacher and role model for colleagues across academic disciplines.
He was honored with the President’s Award for Distinguished Service during Winter 2015 Commencement.
Professor Zimmerman earned his B.A. degree in mathematics and physics from Knox College, followed by an M.S. and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Illinois. He joined Towson’s faculty in 1989 as an assistant professor of mathematics. In 1996 he was promoted to associate professor; he has held the rank of professor since 2001.
He has taught more than 20 undergraduate and graduate courses, earning the fall 2001 Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Science and Mathematics. He is recognized not only for his teaching and attention to his students, but also for developing new and innovative courses for the mathematics curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. A proponent of distance learning, he taught sections of differential equations, discrete mathematics, and basic statistics via synchronous distance education to Towson students and students at high schools in Baltimore and Baltimore County from 1996 to 2002.
His scholarship includes more than 34 refereed papers published in nationally and internationally recognized journals. He has given more than 30 talks and presentations in addition to three invited lectures. He represents Towson University regularly at regional, national and international conferences. His research program with TU colleague Coy L. May has been expanded with a Fisher Endowment grant to include research opportunities for undergraduate students.
Professor Zimmerman’s record of service is considerable and far-reaching. He has been a member of more than 15 departmental committees (chairing three), in addition to extensive service to his college. On the university level, he has been actively involved in the University Senate since 2001. He has served on 16 university committees, chairing the University Curriculum Committee and co-chairing the Provost’s Workload Committee. He was vice president and subsequently president of the local AAUP chapter. He represented Towson ably as a member of six USM committees, five workgroups and eight regents’ awards committees. More recently, he served as vice chair and later as chair of the USM Council of University System Faculty. In these roles, he has had an influence on the Board of Regent’s policies for all 12 USM institutions.
In fall 2007, the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics recognized his teaching, scholarship and service with its Outstanding Faculty Award.
Towson Mathematics Students at AMMTE Conference
Baltimore, MD (September 19, 2015) — Towson mathematics education students and faculty were well represented at the Association of Maryland Mathematics Teacher Educators' 2015 Early Career Teaching Conference (held at Stevenson University). Our students' presentations included:
- Towson UTeach pre-service teachers Emily Dennis and Trystan Denhard (supervised by Dr. Ming Tomayko) presented “How to be a Pro in Co-Teaching.”
- Middle school pre-service teachers Shaina Mensh and Bridgette Goyne (supervised by Dr. Diana Cheng and Dr. Michael Krach) presented “Moving Math for Algebraic Expressions: Incorporating Universal Design for Learning.”
- Graduate student David Thompson (supervised by Dr. Diana Cheng) presented a secondary level activity entitled, "Chilling Out after a Murder," a mystery experiment applying Newton's Law of Cooling.
2015 Undergraduate Mathematics Research Conference
Towson, MD (March 7, 2015) — The Department of Mathematics was pleased to host the 2015 Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Research Conference. The Undergraduate Mathematics Research Conference at Towson was a one-day meeting designed to promote undergraduate research in mathematics by showcasing completed original research, selected expository presentations, as well as research projects in progress. Undergraduate students or high-school students who had participated in an original research project were invited to give a presentation about your research.
There were two invited talks. One talk, entitled "Harmonious Equations: A Mathematical Exploration of Music", was given by Dr. David Kung, Professor of Mathematics at St. Mary's College of Maryland. The second invited talk, entitled " 'You Want to be a What?': The Role of the Modern Actuary", was given by Ms. Virginia Jones, Consultant and Actuary at Aon Risk Solutions, Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society and Member of the American Academy of Actuaries. There were also student talks and several other general interest sessions.
ASRM Program Earns Elite Honor from the Society of Actuaries
Towson, MD (January 22, 2014) — Towson’s Actuarial Science and Risk Management (ASRM) program has been named a Center of Actuarial Excellence by the Society of Actuaries (SOA). The distinction puts Towson in an elite class; only 15 programs in the country have received the recognition. Towson’s is the only program in Maryland to be recognized.
The SOA recognition requires a multidimensional commitment toward actuarial academic excellence. Dr. Ohoe Kim, the program director, calls it a banner waving at prospective students, showing Towson’s dedication and giving the university a prestigious place in actuarial science and risk management. He also says it will make it easier for ASRM graduates to find jobs.
The Department of Mathematics sponsors a regular colloquium that hosts several talks by external speakers every year. We have also a general faculty seminar for talks by faculty and students; occasionally groups of faculty organize also specialized research seminars on different topics.
Besides these regular events, the Department of Mathematics occasionally hosts major events. Such events in the recent past include:
- 2015 Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Research Conference
- 2014 Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Research Conference
- 2013 Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Research Conference
- Bridges Towson 2012
- 2012 Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Research Conference