About the Department of Mathematics

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We are

  • 32 professors and lecturers
  • 16 part-time instructors
  • 40 graduate students
  • 100 undergraduate majors

We offer

  • 130 sections of
  • 40 different courses to
  • 3000+ students per semester

We receive

  • an average of $300,000 per year in federal and state grants from agencies such as
    • the National Science Foundation
    • the National Institutes of Health
    • the Ohio Department of Education
    • and NASA

We publish

  • 30 papers per year, of which 75% have student co-authors in research areas such as
    • Mathematics of materials
    • Algebra and Number Theory
    • Education in Mathematics

We emphasize

  • Interdisciplinary team research
  • High quality teaching

Department Accolades

  • 11 faculty have won teaching awards
  • 5 faculty have won service awards
  • 4 faculty have won research awards
  • 2 faculty have won early career awards

Credits: M101 and Typhoon Rammasun [NASA, via astronet], Mandelbrot zoom [W. Beyer, via wikimedia].

Announcements for Fall 2016


Old Announcements for Spring 2016

  • The PME induction ceremony and the Math Department banquet was hosted by PME, WIM and SIAM in May 2016.
  • Wednesday April 6th 2016 at 3:15-4:15 pm in CAS 144: Wanda Strychalski, from Case Western Reserve University, will speak on: Mathematical Modeling of Cellular Blebbing
  • PDE and Applied Math seminar Thursday 03/17/16. Artem Zvavitch of Kent State University will continue to speak on "Brunn-Minkowski type inequalities for different measures." The seminar starts at 1:00pm in CAS 220 D.
  • The UA Algebra Seminar will meet Fridays March 18, April 1 and April 8 2016 from 3:20 to 4:10 in CAS 220D. Jeff Riedl will speak on Doubly-invariant subgroups of an abelian 3-group of 3-by-3 matrices.
  • Pi day celebration: 3:00 on Monday March 14 2016 in CAS 220 (but in order to appropriately celebrate, we will not start the party until 3:14 pm). Also at 4:00 pm The Imitation Game will be shown in CAS 240.
  • The UA Algebra Seminar will meet Friday March 11 2016 from 3:20 to 4:10 in CAS 220D. Dr. Hung Tong-Viet of Kent State University will speak on Brauer characters of q'-degrees
  • Tuesday 03/08/16. Artem Zvavitch of Kent State University will speak on "Brunn-Minkowski type inequalities for different measures." The seminar starts at 2:30pm in CAS 220D
  • A Major Award has been received!
  • The UA Algebra Seminar will meet Friday February 19 and 26 2016 from 3:20 to 4:10 in CAS 220D. JP Cossey will speak on "The minimal number of characters in a block of a finite (solvable) group"
  • WIM Lecture Series
    Lola Thompson from Oberlin College
    February 24th 2016 at 3:15pm, CAS 144 Title: Twin primes and their kin
  • SIAM Student Chapter Seminar
    David Martin, Chief Data Scientist at ROOT will come to UAkron and give a presentation in the SIAM Seminar on Friday March 11th at 3:30-4:20 pm in LH 312.
    The title of the talk is: What does a mathematician do at a car insurance company?
  • WIM Lecture Series
    Wanda Strychalski from Case Western Reserve
    April 6th 2016 at 3:00pm
  • Wednesday, March 2nd 2016 at 5:30pm, CAS 108 American Greetings is planning a visit to UA to discuss intern and job opportunities for graduate students in Statistics and Mathematics.
  • Women in Math Valentine’s Day Outing! Join us for food and fun on Wednesday, February 10th 2016 at 5:30pm. Meet in the CAS Atrium and go to The Lockview from there! RSVP to Makayla Tyree.
  • Support your peers!
    Mackenzie Jones and Oliver Evans will give talks at the PME YSU Regional Conference on Feb. 20th 2016.
    They will practice their talks on Friday Feb. 12th at 3:30pm in CAS 240.
  • REU Summer Programs 2016
    Still looking for Undergraduate Research Opportunities this summer, here is a link to a list of REU programs with topics and deadlines. Notice that some application deadlines are coming soon.
  • The UA Algebra Seminar will meet Fridays: January 29, Feb 5 and 12 2016 from 3:20 to 4:10 in CAS 220D. Corey Lyons of Kent State University will speak on: Induced characters with equal degree constituents.

Old Announcements for Fall 2015

  • The Department of Mathematics hosted a career seminar by Ms. Ginny Gegick of Aon Hewitt on December 3rd 2015 from 3:30 to 4:30 in LH 312. Ms. Gegick, a UA alumna, works as a retirement actuary for Aon Hewitt. She will talk about what retirement actuaries do.
  • Thursday November 5th, 2015 at 3:30pm Where: Leigh Hall 312 Speaker: Michelle Clem, NASA Glenn Research Center Title: The Critical Role of Math in Flow Visualization Techniques
  • Friday October 2 2015, 5:30pm. The annual fall picnic at Sand Run Park Mingo pavilion (map) was hosted by the math department faculty and student groups: PME, WIM and SIAM. Thanks to all 41* attendees for making it a terrific event! *This number includes at most 3 deer.
  • September 23 2015, 12 pm. Progressive Insurance: Big Data in the Workplace Speaker Series. Student Union Room 335, *Refreshments and snacks will be served!*
  • The UA Algebra Seminar will meet on Friday September 25 2015 from 9:55 to 10:45am in CAS 220D. JP Cossey will speak on ``Nilpotent blocks of solvable groups'' All are welcome.
  • The UA SIAM Student Chapter hosted UA math alumnus Jacob Trombetta for a talk on Friday, Sept. 11 2015, at 1:30pm in Schrank Hall North 354 (SHN 354). Jacob will talk about his experience working at Applied Vision and the problems he has been working on.

Old Announcements for Spring 2015


Department Telephone 
(330) 972-7400

Department Email
Email:  math@uakron.edu

Department Fax 
(330) 374-8630 

Mailing Address 
Department of Mathematics 
Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences 
The University of Akron 
Akron, OH 44325-4002 

Department Office 
College of Arts and Sciences Building
Room 220

Department Chair 
Dr Timothy Norfolk 
(330) 972-6121 
Email: norfolk@uakron.edu 

Assistant  to the Chair
Ms Pamela Hoover 
(330) 972-7401 
Email: phoover@uakron.edu

(330) 972-6987
Email: phoover@uakron.edu

Graduate Coordinator 
Dr Pat Wilber 
(330) 972-6994 
Email: jw50@uakron.edu 

Undergraduate Coordinator 
Dr J. P. Cossey 
(330) 972-8127 
Email: cossey@uakron.edu


Math Department History

Historical account of the UA mathematics department, prepared by J. Palagallo.