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 2015

  • Friday October 2, 5:30pm. The annual fall picnic at Sand Run Park Mingo pavilion (map) is hosted by the math department faculty and student groups: PME, WIM and SIAM. Everyone is invited! RSVP to Stefan Forcey.
  • The UA Algebra Seminar will meet on Friday October 2 from 9:55 to 10:45am in CAS 220D. Jeff Riedl will speak on ``Class-preserving automorphisms of groups''
  • September 23, 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 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, 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.
  • More Seminars and Colloquia are currently scheduled in algebra, combinatorics and PDE's.
  • We have now an official SIAM Student Chapter.
  • The Women In Mathematics group is hosting seminars this semester by female mathematicians on their research and career opportunities.
  • Join Pi Mu Epsilon. You can join the student org as a math club member or apply for honor society membership.

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

Ms Joyce Lott
(330) 972-6987
Email: jlott@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.