Florida State University, Tallahassee. FL, 1977
Ph.D in Mathematics (geometric topology specialization)
Florida State University, Tallahassee. FL, 1975
M.S. in Mathematics
Florida State University, Tallahassee. FL, 1972
B.S. in Mathematics with Physics minor
Honors: Magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
National Science Foundation Fellowship (Florida State
Faculty Service and Development Awards (Univ. of South
Alabama) 1985, 1995
Outstanding Teacher Award (Univ. of South Alabama) 2000
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Teaching Assistant, Florida State University, Department of
Assistant Professor, Univ. of South Alabama, Dept. of Math.
and Stat., 1977–1981
Associate Professor, Univ. of South Alabama, Dept. of Math.
and Stat., 1981–1993
Research Associate, University of California at Berkeley,
Department of Mathematics, 1985 (on leave from South
Professor, Univ. of South Alabama, Dept. of Mathematics and
1977–2002. Taught a wide variety of undergraduate- and
graduate-level mathematics courses including: introductory
statistics1, finite mathematics1, college
trigonometry1, calculus1,2 (both
engineering and business), differential equations2,3,
linear algebra2,3, discrete mathematics2,5,
combinatorial enumeration3,5, graph
theory5, mathematical and statistical
modeling3,5, topology4,5, applied
mathematics5 (superscript shows the level of the
course: 1=freshman-level through 5=graduate-level).
1986–1998. Served as director of the graduate program
in the Math/Stat Department at the Univ. of South Alabama. During
that time the program grew from an average of 1.5 graduates per
year to an average of 8 per year. I secured and managed several
federal grants (exceeding $1,000,000 total) in support of
graduate education at the University.
1990–2001. Served as computer system administrator and
webmaster for the Math/Stat Department at the Univ. of South
Alabama. This involved integrating a system of approximately 80
Sun workstations (Solaris), Apple computers (Mac OS), and
Intel-based machines (various flavors of Windows and Linux) using
Solaris, NT, and Novell servers. System services included mail
servers, print servers, web servers, file servers, and
1996–1997. Served as a consultant for Morrison Health
Care, Inc. to create and develop a secure corporate intranet for
exchanging information with its clients and employees nationwide.
This involved building the web server (Microsoft IIS) with SSL
and database connectivity (Microsoft SQL Server), supervising the
conversion of corporate documents to html, and working with
internal EDS employees.
Research and Publications
Seven research journal articles in the areas of knot theory
(geometric topology), differential geometry, and elementary
15 different intramural grants through the University of
South Alabama Research Council and the Arts and Sciences
National Science Foundation Instrumentation and Laboratory
Improvement Grant (1990-1994) $48,761.
Sun Microsystems Equipment Grant (1992) $70,000.
U.S. Department of Education Graduate Assistance in Areas of
National Need (two grants 1994–1997) $477,860.
U.S. Department of Education Patricia Roberts Harris
Fellowship Program (three grants 1994–1996) $492,489.