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Faculty and Staff Profiles

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics has over 40 faculty members and staff who are active teachers, scholars, and mentors. They have a wide variety of professional and personal interests.

Faculty and Staff Profiles

  • Full-Time Faculty
  • Faculty from Other Departments
  • Faculty Emeriti
  • Adjunct Faculty
  • Staff
  • Retired Staff
  • Full-Time Faculty

  • Nicholas Battista
  • Judit Kardos
  • David Reimer
  • Karen Clark
  • Cathy S. Liebars
  • Susan Schmoyer
  • Andrew Clifford
  • Steffen Marcus
  • Rachel Snider
  • Cynthia Curtis
  • Matthew Mizuhara
  • Gregory Stock
  • William Franczak
  • John Nardini
  • Suriza Van der Sandt
  • Jana Gevertz
  • Sharon Navard
  • Qifu Zheng
  • Thomas Goller
  • Michael Ochs
  • Tom Hagedorn
  • Aigli Papantonopoulou

  • Nicholas Battista

    Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Office: SCP 209, x-2445
    Email: battistn

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    Research Interests – Dr. Battista’s research lies at the intersection of mathematical modeling and scientific computing, where he specializes in the realm of biological fluid dynamics. He creates fluid-structure interaction models to better understand the role of blood flow in various stages of heart development, investigating the force distribution and morphogen gradients exerted by the blood flow, as well as, in turn, the effects of the heart’s complex morphologies on the flow profiles themselves. He also works on numerous other projects, such as aquatic locomotion and maneuverability, group behavior, and comparative biomechanics.

    Teaching Interests – Dr. Battista has taught many introductory and advanced undergraduate courses, ranging from pre-calculus and calculus to numerical analysis, methods of applied math, and mathematical modeling. He has also mentored students from various scientific and engineering fields, such as math, biology, physics and mechanical engineering, on a variety of research projects.

    Website: https://nickabattista.wixsite.com/home


    Karen Clark

    Associate Professor, Ph.D., Courant Institute, New York University
    Office: SCP 210, x-2019
    Email: kclark

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    Research Interests – Mathematical modeling of composite materials, climate modeling.

    Teaching Interests – I teach a wide variety of courses regularly – Calculus B, Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra. I also teach various upper level courses on a rotating basis – Topics in Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Partial Differential Equations, Numerical Analysis, and the Applied Capstone. I have taught an FSP on Voting Theory a couple of times and hope to be able to do that again some time in the future.


    Andrew Clifford

    Professor, Ph.D., State University of New York – Albany
    Office: SCP 242, x-3060
    Email: cliffan

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    Research Interests – Dr. Clifford’s field of mathematics is Combinatorial Group Theory. This branch of math is at the intersection of algebra and low-dimensional topology. His particular interests include equations over groups and automorphisms of free groups.

    Teaching Interests – Dr. Clifford has taught a wide array of courses for the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Recently, his focus has been on the calculus sequence and various upper level courses in geometry and topology


    Cynthia CurtisCindy Curtis

    Chair and Professor, Ph.D., Yale University
    Office: SCP 233, x-2026
    Email: ccurtis

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    For Department Chair Questions: T 3:00-4:00pm (Zoom Link); Th 10:00-11:00am (Zoom Link) and by appointment.

    For Class Questions: M 10:00am-12:00pm; Th 2:00-2:40pm

    Research Interests – Professor Curtis studies three-dimensional spaces (such as our universe) and knots. Interestingly, all three-dimensional spaces can be built from knots, so understanding knots and understanding 3-dimensional spaces are closely related. Most of her work involves trying to understand how we can recognize when two spaces or two knots are different from one another. (Imagine two different massively tangled shoe laces and ask yourself how you would know if they are tangled in exactly the same way!)

    Teaching Interests – Most frequently, I teach multivariable calculus and various upper level courses in geometry and topology. I have also occasionally taught courses in algebra and number theory, and one semester I taught an FSP on the shape of the universe. Finally, I very much enjoy supervising undergraduate research projects, most commonly in knot theory


    William Franczak

    Visiting Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Lehigh University
    Office: SCP 216, x2209
    Email: francza3

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    Jana Gevertz

    Professor, Ph.D., Princeton University
    Office: SCP 246, x-3314
    Email: gevertz

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    Research Interests – Dr. Gevertz works in the field of mathematical biology, studying cancer progression using tools from applied and computational mathematics. In particular, Dr. Gevertz aims to synthesize data gathered by biologists and clinicians in order to quantify the complex multi-scale interactions that occur within a tumor, and between a tumor and its surrounding environment. By analyzing these mathematical models, Dr. Gevertz seeks to gain a better understanding of tumor growth and treatment.

    Teaching Interests – Dr. Gevertz teaches introductory calculus courses and upper-level applied mathematics courses, including Linear Programming and Differential Equations. She has also mentored independent study and capstone students in various applied mathematics topics.


    Thomas Goller

    Visiting Professor
    Office: SCP 202B, x3118
    Email: gollert

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    Tom Hagedorn

    Professor, Ph.D. Harvard University
    Office: SCP 240, x-3053
    Email: hagedorn

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    Research Interests – Professor Hagedorn’s main research interests are in number theory and algebra, specifically elliptic curves, representation theory, and invariant theory. He has also worked on a number of problems in computational mathematics and some recent work has focused on extending the number of values known for various problems in algebra and number theory. This work is a combination of improved mathematical algorithms and efficient computer algorithms. Previously, he has worked in combinatorics and applied algebraic geometry (in phylogenetics to predict evolutionary trees in biology).

    Teaching Interests – Professor Hagedorn primarily teaches courses in linear algebra, abstract algebra and number theory, but also has interests in the teaching of calculus and the use of technology in mathematics instruction. He has taught courses in cryptography, geometry, the mathematics of voting and choice, and the culture, politics and science of food (as part of the TCNJ’s FSP program). He has also mentored many independent study, independent research, and capstone projects on a diverse range of subjects including cryptography, the rank of elliptic curves, the circumference of an ellipse, Riemann surfaces, and moduli spaces in physics.


    Judit Kardos

    Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of Missouri – Kansas City
    Office: SCP 241, x-2241
    Email: kardosj

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    Research Interests – I am interested in problems in Real Analysis that provide insight into the highly unintuitive nature of the actually infinite. I worked on problems related to Cantor-type sets on the real line, finding Hausdorff dimensions and measures of such sets. I am also interested in understanding the changes in the wider historical and philosophical views of the infinite that eventually lead to the legitimization of the use of the actually infinite in mathematics.

    Teaching InterestsI have implemented new technology in our introductory courses in Statistics and Linear Algebra. I was in charge of recreating our course in History of mathematics with a broader philosophical perspective to satisfy the World Views of Knowing Liberal learning requirement. I have guided several capstone projects in the areas of Number theory and Real analysis. I am teaching all my courses as discovery-based, problem-solving courses in the Hungarian tradition. Courses offered regularly include Calculus and courses in Real analysis including upper-level seminars and Independent Research.


    Cathy S. Liebars

    Associate Chair and Associate Professor, Ph.D., Lehigh University
    Office: SCP 234/SCP 212, x-3043
    Email: liebars

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    Research Interests – For the last several years, Dr. Liebars has been interested in investigating the impact of sustained professional development on the teaching and learning of K-12 teachers and their students. She is currently working one-on-one with teachers in a local district using a coaching environment and studying instruments that can be used to evaluate and support the teachers.

    Teaching Interests – Dr. Liebars teaches content and methods courses for preservice teachers at all levels K-12. In particular, she has created and teaches a series of courses for students and teachers who wish to obtain the middle school endorsement in mathematics. She also supervises student teachers and is the Coordinator of Math Education for the department.


    Steffen Marcus

    Associate Professor, Ph.D., Brown University
    Office: SCP 208, x-2605
    Email: marcuss

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    Research Interests – My Research is in moduli theory and algebraic geometry. I work on questions related to moduli of curves, stable maps, Gromov-Witten theory of varieties and orbifolds, logarithmic geometry, and tropical geometry.

    Teaching Interests – I am currently teaching Proof Writing through Discrete Mathematics (Math 200) and Number Theory (Math 301). Courses I have previously taught include Calculus, Discrete Mathematics, Number Theory, Geometry, and various topics courses.


    Matthew MizuharaMatthew Mizuhara

    Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
    Office: SCP 211, x-3057
    Email: mizuharm

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    Research Interests – Matthew Mizuhara works in applied mathematics and mathematical biology. His research combines modeling, analysis, and numerical simulation techniques to answer questions about biological and physical systems. His current work uses partial differential equation models to study the role various proteins, such as actin and myosin, have on the motility of eukaryotic cells.

    Teaching Interests – Matthew Mizuhara enjoys teaching a wide variety of courses ranging from calculus to upper-division courses in applied mathematics, including linear algebra, real analysis, differential equations, and mathematical biology.


    John Nardini

    Assistant Professor
    Office: SCP 213
    Email: nardinij

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    Sharon NavardIMG_2344

    Assistant Professor, Ph.D., The University of Southwestern Louisiana
    Office: SCP 244, x-3040
    Email: navard

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    Research Interests – Instrument Calibration, Reliability, Variance Bounds, Quality Control.

    Teaching Interests – Probability, Mathematical Statistics, Quality Control, Operations Research


    Michael OchsMichael Ochs

    Professor, Ph.D., Brandeis University
    Office: SCP 245, x-2189
    Email: ochsm

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    Research Interests – Dr. Ochs focused his research initially on inferring signaling processes in cancer from genome-wide biomolecular data, utilizing Bayesian Nonnegative Matrix Factorization, which he developed in the late 1990’s.  Presently, he studies pattern formation in biological systems, linking statistical models in image measure space to mathematical models of melanocyte formation.  Dr. Ochs’ Erdös number is 4, with at least two paths.

    Teaching Interests – Dr. Ochs teaches introductory and applied statistics courses. His research and teaching intersect most strongly in STA307 Data Mining and STA404 Computational and Bayesian Statistics.  Dr. Ochs focuses all courses on developing an ability to choose statistical approaches and techniques for real world problems, relying on R to carry out required computations.


    Aigli Papantonopoulou

    Professor, Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
    Office: SCP 207, x-2704
    Email: aigli

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    Research Interests Dr. Papantonopoulou has worked on classification problems in Algebraic Geometry and Commutative Algebra, specifically on algebraic curves and surfaces over the complex numbers.

    Teaching InterestsDr. Papantonopoulou has taught a broad range of courses in mathematics, starting with Calculus, Number Theory, Complex variables, and Abstract Algebra. She has taught senior seminars in Group Theory and in Galois Theory. Her textbook Algebra: Pure and Applied has been published by Prentice Hall.


    Dave Reimer

    Associate Professor, Ph.D., Rutgers University
    Office: SCP 214, x-2382
    Email: dreimer

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    Research Interests – Combinatorics, Graph Theory.

    Teaching Interests – Combinatorics, Calculus, Math History, and Graph Theory


    Susan Schmoyer

    Lecturer, Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park
    Office: SCP 202A x-3042
    Email: schmoyes

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    Rachel SniderSnider

    Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Michigan
    Office: SCP 204, x-2099
    Email: sniderr

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    Research Interests – Dr. Snider’s research focuses on mathematics teacher knowledge and teacher education. In particular, she considers the knowledge and reasoning entailed in carrying out particular teaching practices, such as selecting examples and giving explanations. She is also interested in how teachers develop their knowledge and reasoning in mathematics methods and content courses, as well as in professional development.

    Teaching Interests – Drawing on her own experience as a secondary mathematics teacher, Dr. Snider teaches content and methods courses for elementary and secondary pre-service teachers. She also has experience supervising student teachers and teaching in informal settings. In her teaching, she emphasizes knowledge for teaching, the development of teaching practices, and engaging students in disciplinary practices.


    Gregory Stock

    Visiting Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Stevens Institute of Technology
    Office: SCP 205, x-3445
    Email: stockg

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    Suriza Van der SandtRosco

    Professor, Ph.D., Potchefstroom University (South Africa)
    Office: SCP 239, x-3061
    Email: vandersa

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    Research Interests Dr. Van der Sandt conducts research in the broad area of pre-service mathematics teacher education. Her research interests include geometry teaching and learning, focusing on spatial orientation and spatial insight. More recently she has also conducted research on factors influencing teaching and learning of pre-service mathematics teachers (e.g. mathematics anxiety) as well as factors affecting observational learning (e.g. self-efficacy and outcome expectations).

    Teaching Interests – Dr. Van der Sandt’s teaching covers both pure mathematics and mathematics education. Pure mathematics courses include Calculus and Applied Liberal Art Mathematics. Mathematics education courses include both content courses and methodology courses specifically designed for education students: e.g. Mathematical Structures and Algorithms for Educators; Perspectives on the Development of Mathematics; Teaching Mathematics in the Early Childhood and the Elementary Classroom; Patterns, Functions, and Algebra for Middle School Teachers and regularly visits schools to observe senior mathematics education majors during their student teaching.


    Qifu Zheng

    Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Vermont
    Office: SCP 206, x-2137
    Email: zheng

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    MAT 229 07 MULTIVARIABLE CALCULUS

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    Research Interests – Group Representations, Integral Transformations, Multivariate Statistics.

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    Adjunct Faculty


    Mark Angelo

    Office: SCP 203, x-2976
    Email: angelom

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    Charlie Ashton

    Office: SCP 217, x-2976
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    Jillian Bershtein

    Office: SCP 203 or 217, x-2976
    Email: baden2

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    Carlos Bovell

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    Robert Boyce

    Office: SCP 203 or 217, x-2976
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    Stacye Chen

    Office: SCP 203 or 217, x-2976
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    Robert Cole

    Office: SCP 217, x-2976
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    Polly Dell’Omo

    Office: SCP 203 or 217, x-2976
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    Judith Fraivillig

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    Laura Holloway

    Office: SCP 203 or 217, x-2976
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    Chris Holston

    Office: SCP 217, x2976
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    Robert Lochel

    Office: SCP 203 or 217, x-2976
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    Kellie MckinneyPhoto

    Office: SCP 203 or 217, x-2976
    Email: kellie.mckinney

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    Amanda Nicol

    Office: SCP 203, x-2976
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    Larry Ottman

    Office: SCP 203, x-2976
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    Caroline Raymond-Kochanski

    Office: SCP 217, x-2976
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    Deoki Sharma

    Office: SCP 203 or 217, x-2976
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    Adam Shrager

    Office: SCP 203 or 217, x-2976
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    Daniel TwislerTwisler

    Office: SCP 217, x-2976
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    Eric Wassermantcnj

    Office: SCP 217, x-2976
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    Judith Winogron

    Office: SCP 203 or 217, x-2976
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    Faculty from Other Departments


    James BeyersBeyers

    Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education (EECE)
    Assistant Professor, Ph.D. University of Delaware
    Office: EDU 300, x-3422
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    Staff


    Program Assistant

    Laurie Wanat
    Office: Science Complex P231
    Phone: (609) 771-2269
    Email: wanatl

    Secretary

    Regina Littwin
    Office: Science Complex P231
    Phone: (609) 771-2534
    Email: littwin

    Student Workers

    Santiago Cardenas (Tutor)
    Olivia Haas (Tutor)
    Erin Obermayer (Tutor)


    Faculty Emeriti


    Carlos AlvesDr. Carlos Alves

    Associate Professor (1989-2017), Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

     


    Ed Conjura

    Professor (1968-2018), Ph.D., Rutgers University

     


    Robert Cunningham

    Professor ( -2021), Professor, Ed.D., Temple University

     


    Nancy HingstonIAS photo

    Professor (-2021), Professor, Ph.D., Harvard University

     

     


    David I. Holmes

    Professor (1997-2016), Ph.D., King’s College, University of London (UK)

     


    Mike IannoneMike Iannone

    Professor (1968-2012), Ed.D., Rutgers University

     


    Boo Sang LeeDr. Boo Sang Lee

    Associate Professor (1972-2011), Ph.D. Washington University

     


    Jack Irwin

    (1964-1994)


    Siegfried Haenisch

    (1962-1999)


    Jane Ann McLaughlin

    (1961-1997), Ed.D., Columbia University


    David Boliver

    (1967-1993), Ed.D., Rutgers University


    George Pawlikowski

    (1964-1991)


    Edythe Woodruff

    Associate Professor (1971-1990), Ph. D. in Mathematics, SUNY/Binghamton, 1971


    Walter Ehrenpreis

    (1958-1987), Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania


    Retired Staff


    Dee Moyer
    Email: dmoyer@tcnj.edu

    Jane Levandusky
    Email: levandus@tcnj.edu

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