PhD from Applied Mathematics and Statistics Department in the Computational Applied
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, NJ
Before going to SBU, I earned my BA from Pace University where I double majored in
math and political science. Then I completed my MA in pure math at Hunter College.
As an undergrad, I began tutoring math. While I was working on my doctoral degree,
I was teaching at Pace University as an adjunct. I love helping people understand
math, especially if they have struggled with it in the past. I knew that I wanted
to be a professor so that I could share my passion for all types of math with my students.
As an assistant professor at a small liberal arts, teaching-focused college, I teach
4 courses a semester. This semester, I am teaching an introduction to statistics course,
which is a core requirement; two sections of statistics for the life sciences, which
is mainly for Biology students; and a probability theory class, which is for math
and computer science majors. I am continuing to collaborate on research with my research
connections from Stony Brook.
Structure of a typical day
I teach 3 days a week. On a teaching day, I have 3 morning classes and an afternoon
class. While I’m not teaching I work on grading, lesson planning, holding office hours,
and answering student emails. Some days there are faculty meetings or workshops. There
is also a service component to my job, which can entail representing the department
at open houses, advising students, and attending convocation and graduation. I spend
some time every week working on my research, but for professors at teaching colleges,
summer is a good time to do research.
How did you find the job
All the jobs that I applied to were listed on HigherEdJobs.com, MathJobs.org, or on
individual school’s websites.
Advice to other students
Use your time as a graduate student to explore your interests: attend seminars, volunteer,
do an internship, teach. Having experience is really helpful when you are looking
for jobs. In every job interview, I was asked about what experience, knowledge, or
ideas I could bring to the job.