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|Position:||Assistant Professor of Mathematics|
|Company Name:||Moraine Valley Community College|
What He DoesKeith teaches in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Moraine Valley Community College, Illinois. His teaching load varies from three courses to five courses a semester depending on individual preference, and assignments are also available in the summer. In addition to his teaching duties, Keith has served on search teams and evaluation teams. He has also participated in committee work and he has mentored both students and new faculty members.
Math on the JobAs a teacher of mathematics Keith uses math on an everyday basis. He has taught a variety of courses that include Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Statistics, Trigonometry, Business Calculus, the Calculus sequence (Calculus 1, 2, and 3), Differential Equations, and Linear Algebra. The greatest challenge for Keith is not necessarily the teaching itself; rather, it is stressing the relevance and importance of mathematics in his students' lives.
BackgroundKeith received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education (Mathematics) from Rhode Island College in 1997. His love for math took him to graduate school and he earned a Master of Science Degree in Mathematics from Texas Tech University in 2000. He has been at Moraine Valley since 2001. Keith continues to take advantage of professional development activities related to current trends in education in an attempt to keep his students as well-informed as possible. This means staying ahead of technology and keeping up to date with what universities expect transfer students to know.
Advice for Students
- Be sure to take courses in both pure and applied mathematics.
- Courses in Number Theory and Algebra can show future employers that you can think abstractly.
- Courses in Differential Equations and Numerical Analysis can open doors to enticing job prospects.
- If you are undecided after graduation, a balance in undergraduate mathematics courses will prove especially helpful in graduate school.