Profile

  • Title:
    Professor of Mathematics, Director of Mathematics Program
  • Department:
    Mathematics and Computer Science

Teresa Magnus, Ph.D.

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Background

Dr. Teresa D. Magnus has been a college teacher of mathematics since 1992, teaching courses in abstract and linear algebra, discrete mathematics, problem-solving and modeling, geometry, calculus and precalculus, liberal arts, and developmental mathematics. She is an advisor of undergraduate research projects in algebraic coding theory, hyperbolic geometry, population modeling, and transformation groups.

She contributed to Writing in the Discipline programs at two colleges, developing and conducting courses that satisfied college and departmental writing requirements. She has presented at national mathematics meetings on the effective use of technology in undergraduate mathematics teaching, the discovery method of teaching mathematics, ways to develop proof-writing and general writing skills in students, and designing mathematics courses for liberal arts majors. Dr. Magnus has also coordinated and presented at mathematics workshops for middle school or high school girls.

Degrees

  • Ph.D., University of Virginia
  • M.S., University of Virginia
  • B.A., University of Dallas

Academic Philosophy

“Students learn mathematics by doing mathematics. I include group discovery and problem-solving activities in all of my classes. Dynamic computer labs, physical manipulatives, and open-ended problems are tools I use to help students understand the concepts and develop skills. Lecture is used primarily to introduce and highlight main ideas. Through mathematical writing, students develop their ability to present strong arguments, present proofs, and make connections between concepts.”

Specialties

  • Geometry and non-associative algebra
  • Mathematics of elections
  • Mathematics in art
  • Issues and methods in undergraduate mathematics teaching
  • Mathematical preparation of future teachers

Recent Publications and Proceedings

  1. “Will the Best Candidate Win?” in Using Activities from the “Math Teacher” to Support Principles and Standards, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (2004).
  2. “Faulkner Geometry,” in Geometriae Dedicata, Kluwer Academic Publishers (1996).
  3. Probability and the Law of Large Numbers,” in Mathematics, ed. Barry Max Brandenberger, Jr., New York: Macmillan Reference USA (2002).