Faculty Accomplishments


Dr. Mike Gagliardo, Associate Professor of Mathematics, received the 2009-2010 Excellence Award in Teaching and a grant from the Academy of Inquiry Based Learning to teach the Mathematics and Reasoning course using inquiry techniques.

Congratulations to Paul Crettenden, assistant professor of mathematics, who co-wrote a paper entitled, "Analytical Development of the Far Zone Radiation Integral for an Arbitrary Planar Spiral Antenna," along with Richard J. Barton, Michael J. Havrilla and Andrew J. Terzuoli. The paper will appear in April 2010 in the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine. Spiral antennas are useful in that they can receive a broad frequency  range of AM and FM signals without power amplification.


Dr. Mike Nancarrow
, associate professor of mathematics, participated as a mathematics panelist for the discussion 'Defining Mathematics and the Importance of its Multidisciplinary Applications' during Edward Waters College’s 2nd Annual Math, Science and Engineering Conference on April 17, 2009.  The panel featured mathematics faculty from all of Jacksonville's institutions of higher education.

Congratulations to Paul Crittenden, assistant professor of mathematics, who coauthored a paper entitled "A Novel Method for Determining R-card Sheet Impedance Using the Transmission Coefficient Measured in Free-Space or Waveguide Systems" in IEEE Instrumentation and Measurements Magazine.


Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr. Mike Nancarrow co-presented a workshop entitled “Using Technology to Enhance Teaching and Learning Undergraduate Mathematics” on May 13, 2008 at Montgomery College in Rockville, Md. Nancarrow was accompanied by Dr. Sanjay Rai, instructional dean of Science Engineering and Mathematics at Montgomery College. Nancarrow and Rai introduced participants to a variety of ways to employ the TI-89 graphing calculator and other computer algebra systems in undergraduate mathematics classes.  Demonstrations and instruction focused on topics in college algebra, calculus and differential equations.

Dr. Pam Crawford, chair of the department of mathematics, presented a paper entitled "S3: Sand, Surf and Slopes-Integration of Marine Science (and Computing Sciences) into Precalculus," at the American Mathematical Society and Mathematical Association of America's (MAA) joint meeting on January 9, 2008 in San Diego. Crawford, who co-authored the paper with Dr. Daniel McCarthy, assistant professor of biology and Ms. Anne Acker, instructor of computing sciences, also served as a facilitator for the MAA's two-day mini-course entitled, "A Beginner's Guide to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Mathematics," held at the meeting.


Paul Crittenden
, assistant professor of mathematics, has co-authored an article that appeared on July 27, 2007 in the International Journal of Remote Sensing. In the article, a two-scale unified full-wave approach is used to evaluate the backscatter cross sections for vertically and horizontally polarized waves. For more information or to order a copy, go to http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a780978254?words=crittenden&hash=2435865675

Dr. Sanjay Rai, former professor of mathematics at JU, and now the instructional dean at Montgomery College in Rockville, Md., invited mathematics professors, Dr. Pam Crawford, Mike Nancarrow and Marilyn Repsher, to present three workshops to mathematics faculty from all three campuses of Montgomery, May 13-16, 2007. The professors demonstrated how they developed innovative and active learning in mathematics.  Dr. Crawford gave the first workshop on College Algebra and Precalculus, Dr. Nancarrow presented Calculus I and II, and Dr. Respher presented the third on Calculus III and Linear Algebra. The JU professors had prepared a book of laboratory investigations appropriate for these courses. Nearly forty faculty members attended and were evidently very enthusiastic and satisfied. Dean Rai wants the faculty members to return in the next academic year to meet with the attendees and discuss their experience with the materials.

In March Dr. Pam Crawford, associate professor of math, had an article, "Choosing Appropriate Derivative Techniques," published in March 2007 issue of Focus, a monthly publication of the Mathematical Association of America. The article was the result of a lecture she gave in January 2006 at the Joint Mathematics Meetings of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America.

Dr. Crawford presented “Student Engagement in the History of Mathematics,” in the contributed paper session on "The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Mathematics" at the 2007 Joint Meetings of the American Mathematical Society/Mathematical Association of America held in New Orleans in January 2007.  Dr. Crawford also assisted organizers of the mini-course "A Beginner's Guide to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in Mathematics" at the conference and guided workshop participants in transforming a teaching problem of their own into a problem for scholarly investigation. Drs. Michael Nancarrow, Marilyn Repsher, Pete Ryan, Bob Hollister, and Ben Wehrung (all full-time members of the department of mathematics) attended the Joint Meetings.