Shelly Wismath

Dr. Shelly Wismath,
Professor,
Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science,
and Liberal Education Program,
University of Lethbridge,
Lethbridge, Alberta,
Canada T1K-3M4.

Office:   A812J            Phone: (403) 329-2529
e-mail: wismaths@cs.uleth.ca
 
 

BACKGROUND:         B.Sc. (Queen's),    M.Sc.    (Simon Fraser),    PhD. (Simon Fraser).
 
 

MATHEMATICS RESEARCH INTERESTS:

My research is in the area of Universal or General Algebra. This involves the study of arbitrary algebraic structures, called algebras: these are sets of objects with some operations on them, which satisfy some rules or laws or identities. I am interested in the structure and complexity of both algebras and the identities they satisfy. This includes the study of special identities such as hyperidentities and k-normal identities. My research is supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

RESEARCH ON TEACHING AND LEARNING:

My research interests also include work in SOTL, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. I am particulaly interested in the teaching of Liberal Education, critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, and math to non-math, non-science students. I have designed and now teach a course called Problems and Puzzles, offered as Liberal Education 2200, and much of my research uses this course as a "research lab" For more information, see the Problems and Puzzles link!


A complete list of my publications, including work in progress, is available here.

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COURSES FOR FALL 2015:

Lib Ed 1000A     Knowledge and Liberal Eduction

Lib Ed 2100A     Quantitative Reasoning

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COURSES FOR SPRING 2016:

Lib Ed 2200A     Problems and Puzzles

Lib Ed 1000A     Knowledge and Liberal Education

Lib Ed 1500A     The First Year Experience: Mapping our Communities

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COMMITTEE AND ADMINISTRATIVE WORK,   2015 - 2016:
  Co-ordinator of the A/S Global Citizenship Cohort
  Chair of the Liberal Education Review Committee
  Manager of the Women Scholars Email List

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SOME INTERESTING LINKS:
 

LINKS TO PUZZLES (AND A FEW JOKES): See For a list of good links.

 Women in Mathematics page.

Some good links on Careers in Math:        Science Web         CMS/Regina Quilt

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