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Mark A. Crawford Jr.

Mathematics and Sciences
Mathematics
Assistant Professor

2005 - Present As of now, I am enjoying my position as a Math Instructor within the Technology, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences Division here at Waubonsee. Though I started my tenure at Waubonsee with the Division of Learning Enhancement, I recently changed divisions at the beginning of the Fall 2007 semester. Though I love teaching mathematics to those that may not necessarily have a strong background in this artform (some might say science) and even though I met some wonderful people within the division of Learning Enhancement, the pull to teach more transfer level courses was overwhelming.

Aside from my current teaching duties, I have decided to take an occasional course through Northern Illinois University, Aurora University, and through the University of La Verne to keep me on my toes.

2004 - 2005 I recently arrived at Waubonsee Community College from Western Michigan University, located in Kalamazoo, MI. While at W.M.U., I was in the position of Assistant to the Chair in the Mathematics Dept. In this position, I was responsible for course coordination, scheduling, and budget maintenance.

2001 - 2004 Prior to that position, I was a term instructor and taught full time for the Mathematics Deptment at Western Michigan University. Some of the courses I taught were: Intermediate Algebra, Precalculus, Finite Mathematics, Applied Calculus, and first semester Calculus. Around the same time I also taught part time with Kalamazoo Valley Community College. At KVCC, I taught Mathematical Ideas and Business Statistics.

April 2001 This is the time I received my Master of Arts in Mathematics from Western Michigan University.

My main interest was in the area of Algebra. Though I took courses in Complex Analysis, Topology, and Graph Theory, I found the structure and problems in Algebra quite interesting.

One course that really stands out in hindsight, was a course I took under Dr. Arthur White, entitled Graphs, Groups, and Surfaces. This course brought ideas together from Graph Theory, Algebra, and Topology. Under the direction of Dr. White, I found this class to be one of the most enjoyable I took and WMU.

April 1999 This is when I received my Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from WMU. I did minor in Statistics, but I also had a strong interest in philosophy.

I should note that I did attend Michigan State University for a short while before moving to Kalamazoo, and I started my academic career at Macomb Community College.

Outside my enjoyment of mathematics, I do have a few other activites I enjoy. I love backpacking and I try to go at least once a year, pending family obligations. Being in nature and having a camp fire is totally relaxing. Not to mention rewarding after hiking in 9-10 miles with some weight on your back.

My biggest passion is music. Though I would not consider myself a musician by any means, I absolutely love listening to music.

Here is a list of some groups I have been listening to lately...

Boards of Canada
Tom Waits
My Bloody Valentine
Morphine
Johnny Cash
Aimee Mann

Some interesting/funny math videos...

Finte Group of Order 2 (Graduate school makes some people a little crazy!)

An interesting way to do multiplication.

An interesting example of probability.

This is just fun!

Here's what Perelman proved.

CONTACT INFO

231 Bodie
Sugar Grove Campus
466-2895
mcrawford@waubonsee.edu