Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Teresa D. Magnus


Ph.D. in Mathematics, University of Virginia, 1991

Dissertation: Geometries over Non-Division Rings. Advisor: John R. Faulkner

M.S. in Mathematics, The University of Virginia, 1987

B.A. - Dual: Mathematics and Secondary Education, University of Dallas, 1985


Academic Experience

Rivier College in Nashua, NH

Director of Secondary Mathematics Education, June 2006-present
Acting Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, July 1999-2000
Assistant Professor of Mathematics, August 1998-June 2001
Associate Professor of Mathematics, July 2001- June 2009
Professor of Mathematics, July 2009 - present
Tenured, 2003

Albion College in Albion, MI

Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics, August 1997-May 1998

Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN

Assistant Professor of Mathematics, August 1992-May 1997

Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, VA

Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics, August 1991-May 1992

University of Virginia

Graduate Instructor and Teaching Assistant, August 1986-May 1991


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Courses Taught

Introductory Algebra

Introductory Statistics

College Algebra

Quantitative Literacy

Puzzles Patterns and Probabilities

Intuitive Geometry

Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers

Patterns of Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers

Finite Mathematics


Calculus I-II

JYS Mathematics of Elections

Foundations of Higher Mathematics

Linear Algebra, Discrete Mathematics

Geometric Models

Mathematical Problem Solving and Modeling

Abstract Algebra

Algebraic Coding Theory

Connections and Patterns in Mathematics- for prospective Middle School Teachers

ED 907 Improving Teaching and Assessment in Teaching Mathematics, an off-campus course for Derry School District teachers, October 2006-March 2007


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Research Interests

The Mathematical Education of Teachers
Mathematics of Voting
Nonassociative Algebra, and the use of Discovery-based Learning
Writing, and Technology in the Mathematics Classroom


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“Faulkner Geometry,” Geometriae Dedicata. The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 59: 1-28, 1996.

“Will the Best Candidate Win?” Mathematics Teacher. Reston VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 93.1: 18-28, 2000.

"Will the Best Candidate Win?" reprinted in Using Activities from the "Mathematics Teacher" to Support Principles and Standards , ed. Kimberley Girard and Margaret Aukshun, Reston VA:  National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2004, pp..

“Probability and the Law of Large Numbers,” In Mathematics, ed. Barry Max Brandenberger, Jr., New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2002.

“Linear Algebra and Elections,” Reconnect Program Module, submitted to DIMACS in 2006.
Post-Secondary Representative Columns, NHTM Mathesis Newsletter:
“Math is NOT Boring! Ideas to Engage a Math Class,” September 2007

“Reflections on Problem Solving,” November 2007.

“When Math Mixes With Politics,” February 2008.

“Much Ado About Fractions,” May 2008.

“National Mathematics Advisory Panel Report: Messages to the Post-Secondary Math Community,” August 2008.

“Attracting and Preparing Mathematics Teachers,” November 2008.

“A Few Thoughts on Writing and Mathematics,” February 2009.

“Assessing Assessment,” May 2009.

“The Importance of Habits of Mind,” August 2009.

“Time for Higher Education to Consider Quantitative Literacy,” November 2009.

“Common Core Standards Raise Plenty of Questions,” February 2010.


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“Uncovering and Discovering: CCSS Mathematical Process Standards in a Mathematical Course for Middle School Teachers,” Joint Mathematics Meetings, Boston MA, January 7, 2012.

“Mathematics and Paradoxes in Elections and Politics,” ATMNE Conference, Nashua NH, November 9, 2010.

“4, 6, 10, 16… and Other Variations on a Fibonacci Theme,” NHTM Spring Conference, Bedford NH, April 6, 2010.

“What’s Next? Why? Developing Reasoning through Pattern Exploration,” NCTM Regional Conference, Boston MA, October 2009.

“Counting Our Vote:  A Mathematical Look at our Decision-making Processes,” Invited Talk to Science Seminar, Colby-Sawyer College, November 5, 2008.

“Intuitive Geometry: Where Mathematics, Visualization, and Writing Meet,” Viewpoints Grand Reunion, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, June 14, 2008.

“Beyond ‘Rithmetic: The Role of Reading, ‘Riting, and Reasoning in Mathematics,” New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics Spring Conference, Southern New Hampshire University, March 26, 2008.

“Teaching Writing in a General Education Geometry Course,” MAA Session, Getting Students to Discuss and to Write About Mathematics, Joint Mathematics Meetings, New Orleans, LA, January 6, 2007.

“Using Peer Review to Improve Students' Proof Writing,” MAA Session, Getting Students to Discuss and to Write About Mathematics, Joint Mathematics Meetings, San Antonio, TX, January 12, 2006.

“Invert the Stereotypical Classroom and Multiply Interest in Math,” MAA Session, Strategies that Work to Positively Change Student Attitudes Toward Mathematics, Joint Mathematics Meetings, Phoenix, AZ, January 10, 2004.

“Technology Throughout the Secondary Mathematics Teacher Preparation Curriculum,” co-authored with Darien Lauten, MAA Session, Technology in Mathematics Teacher Preparation Courses, Joint Mathematics Meetings, Phoenix, AZ, January 8, 2004.

“From Hanoi’s Tower to the Internet: A Sampler of Activities Designed to Help Students Develop Proof-writing Ability,” MAA Session, Learning to Prove in Cooperative Learning and Technology Supported Environments, Joint Mathematics Meetings, San Diego, CA, January 6, 2002.

“Math in the First Year Studies Program: An Integrated Approach to Collegiate Studies and Mathematical Thinking,” MAA Contributed Paper Session: Who Needs Algebra! Alternative Introductory Mathematics Courses, Joint Mathematics Meetings, San Diego, CA, January 9, 2002.

“Sketchpad Explorations that Help Students Read, Discover, and Understand Euclidean Theorems and Proofs,” MAA Contributed Paper Session, College Mathematics in Depth with Dynamic Mathematics Software, Joint Mathematics Meetings, New Orleans, LA, January 2001.

“Masterpieces, not Mishaps: Designing Writing Assignments that Build Skills, Understanding, and Confidence in Students,” MAA Contributed Paper Session, The Use of Creative Writing in Teaching Mathematics, Mathfest 1999, Providence, RI, August 2, 1999.

“Graph Theory: A Course for Liberal Arts Students,” MAA Contributed Paper Session, Liberal Arts Mathematics Courses, Mathfest 1997, Atlanta, GA, August 4, 1997

“Coordinatizing the Projective Plane,” Invited talk. Indiana Section of the Mathematical Association of America, Indiana University at Kokomo, October 16, 1993.

“Faulkner Geometry,” Invited talk, Jordan Algebra session, Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, August 9-15, 1992.

“Faulkner Geometry: A Generalization of Projective Space with Nondivision Coordinates,” AMS Contributed Paper Session, AMS Eastern Section meeting, Lehigh University, April 1992.


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Grants Awarded

Co-author of proposal and assistant project leader:

“Supporting New Secondary Mathematics Teachers,” Eisenhower Professional Development Program Grant (2000-2001, 2001-2002).

Co-author of proposal:

“Sonia Kovalevsky Day at Rivier College,” awarded by AWM with funding from Coppin State University and the National Security Agency (1999).

Author of proposal and event director:

“Hypatia Day at Saint Mary’s College,” awarded by Bayer Corporation (1996).



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Professional Service

Quantitative Literacy Action Plan Writing Team, NH Department of Education, April 2009-present.

Mathematics Certification Standards Advisory Board, NH Department of Education, August 2007-present.

Mathematics 7-12 Certification Standards Writing Committee, NH Department of Education, August 2007-present.

Local Support Committee Co-Chair, Fall 2010 Conference, Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England, 2009-2010.

New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics: Mathesis Editor, 2010-present.

Post-Secondary Representative, 2007-2010.

Spring Conference Program Committee, 2008-2009.

Evans Award Committee, 2009, 2010.

Scholarship Committee, 2009.

Organized Special Session on Nonassociative Algebra at AMS Southeastern Meeting, Richmond VA, November 1994.



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Professional Associations

Mathematical Association of America (MAA, department liaison 1999-present, student chapter sponsor 1999-2000)
American Mathematical Society (AMS)
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)


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Outreach Activities

Co-teacher: Offsite Course ED970 Teaching and Assessing Mathematics to math teachers in Derry Schools with Pat Howson, October 2006-March 2007.

MAT-Math Program Liaison: Project Encounter with Nashua South High School. Met with Nashua South Counselors and Administrators and Rivier College Faculty and Staff to plan program which benefits both Nashua South and Rivier College students.


Encouraged MAT-Math students to support teachers and students in high enrollment, lower-level algebra courses at Nashua South, Summer 2006-present.

Workshop co-leader: Seminar for New Secondary Mathematics Teachers; met monthly with new teachers to discuss classroom activities and strategies for incorporating NCTM Standards into 5-12th grade mathematics classrooms, September 2000-May 2002.

Workshop leader: “Love Letters, Passwords, and Other Secret Codes,” Sonia Kovalevsky Day, a day of mathematics for high school girls, Rivier College, October 1998

Director: Hypatia Day, a one-day event to encourage seventh-grade girls to continue studying mathematics and science, Saint Mary’s College, March 2, 1996.


Secured grant and speakers, coordinated student mini-workshops and parent discussions, corresponded with participating schools, designed schedule and program, arranged for catering and facilities.

Mathematics Instructor: El Campo de Cultura y Conocimiento, a week-long program for Hispanic high school girls at Saint Mary’s College, July 1993 and 1995.


Taught course on symmetries of the plane and offered suggestions on preparing for college mathematics.

Workshop Leader: “Tilings: A Mathematical Jigsaw Puzzle,” Math Matters, a day of mathematical activities for high school girls, Sweet Briar College, October 19, 1991.



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Professional Development Participation

“Problem-based Courses for Teachers, Future Teachers, and Math Majors,” Joint Mathematics Meetings MAA mini-course, Boston MA, January 2012.

“INTEL Math Training Workshop,” NHDOE, Concord NH, July 5-8, 2011.

“Weasel Words: Writing and Quantitative Inquiry,” Colby-Sawyer College, May 16, 2011.

“Globalization of the Campus,” NHCUC/Campus Compact workshop, Daniel Webster College, October 12, 2007.

“A Beginners' Guide to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Mathematics,” Joint Mathematics Meetings mini-course, San Antonio TX, January 2006.

“Mathematics of Elections and Decisions,” Invited Participant, Reconnect Satellite Conference 2005,


The Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, Montclair State University, Montclair NJ, June 12-18, 2005.

“Viewpoints: Mathematics and Art,” Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster PA, June 6-11, 2004.

“After Tenure: Women Mathematicians Taking a Leadership Role,” Invited Participant, Association for Women in Mathematics Workshop, University of Maryland, College Park MD, March 12-14, 2004.

“Optimal use of technology in teaching geometry at the college-university level,” Joint Mathematics Meetings mini-course, San Diego CA, January 6 and 8, 2002.

“Fall Focus on Symmetry,” New Hampshire Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Manchester NH, October 2002.

“Interdisciplinary Lively Application Projects,” MAA Short Course, Western New England College, June 17-20, 2001.

“Geometry and Visualization,” National Science Foundation Chautauqua Short Course for College Teachers, University of Texas, Austin, TX, June 5-7, 2000.

“Teaching Undergraduate Geometry,” National Science Foundation funded workshop, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, June 1-7, 1999.

“Microteaching,” Albion College faculty workshop, Spring 1998.

“Harvard Calculus Consortium,” Milwaukee, WI, June 19, 1997.

“Calculus from Graphical, Numerical, and Symbolic Points of View,” Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN June 4-6, 1997


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