Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from Concordia College in
Moorhead, Minn. (2000). Doctorate degree in pure mathematics from North Dakota
State University (2008).
experience: Amandabegan teaching in classrooms in the summer of 2004. She
has taught at North Dakota State University, University of Minnesota-Morris,
and at Clarke. Outside of the classroom, Amanda regularly attends conferences
(regional or national) and stays active in the mathematical community.
In a nutshell, I wish to empower students through teaching. After taking a
class from me, you should be able to ask refined and well-articulated questions
and know that you can have fun while doing mathematics. I am continually
exploring different methods by which I can make the material stay with students
longer. If you play along with what I am asking you to do, you will benefit.
Clarke’s impact on
Amanda: Clarke is a welcoming community. When I started at Clarke, Clarke
became part of my extended family. My department is very supportive; we work
amazingly well as a team. Clarke supported my husband and me so that we could
participate in the Distinctively Dubuque program for newcomers to the area. In
general, Clarke and Dubuque became home.
Amanda’s impact on
students: Hopefully, the students realize that I am there to help empower
them. Students should also know that they can come to me with anything. I have
had grieving students come to me in the past hoping for a distraction. I have
had excited students come to me with news that they are getting married or are
having a baby. It doesn’t have to be an academic reason to stop by my office; I
care about students as whole people.
Movie – I.Q.
Book – There are too many to have a favorite! At home we
have enough books to fill a wing of a library. I generally like science fiction
or a good mystery.
Quote – “Great works are performed, not by strength, but by
perseverance.” Samuel Johnson
Class in college – Calculus 2
Place traveled – Florence (There is nothing like Italian
gelato while in Italy!)
Hobby – Reading