# Teaching

For Spring 2014, I am teaching IS 301 (Math and Politics) and Math 498 (Senior Seminar).

#### Office Hours

For Spring 2014, I will be available Tuesday and Thursday 12:30 - 1:45pm and at other times by appointment.#### Student evaluations

I take a very dim view of ratemyprofessor.com and similar websites. For those who are interested in the actual opinions of my students (as opposed to practically anyone who can post on a website), I've made my student evaluation data available here. These questions are from the official SIUE evaluation form.#### Typing mathematics

My LaTeX page has information about how to type mathematics.#### Senior Projects

All students at SIUE must complete a senior project. Please visit my senior project page for information about senior projects I have advised and projects I would advise in the future.

#### What do mathematicians *do*?

Think math stops at 2+3 (or maybe calculus)? The Mathematical Atlas is a very good site that explains many of the different sub-areas in modern
mathematics. It will give you some insight into what's going on today. Or swing by my office, and we can chat about what exactly mathematicians *do*.

#### Tips for Conquering Math Anxiety

Do you fear math? Dread having to take a math exam? You CAN pass and do well in math classes. Here are a handful of tips to help you; also, visit the links for more detailed suggestions.

- Think positively -- I want you to pass and do well in my class, and the department feels the same way. You CAN do this.
- There is a support system here at SIUE designed to help you
succeed in this class --
*and I'm an integral part of it*. Please come to see me in office hours, email me, or catch me before or after class to**ask for help**. - Mathematics is not a spectator sport; understanding mathematics requires lots of practice. Therefore, it's critically important that you do your homework. Try setting a specific time each day aside to work on your math class.