Immaculata University Welcomes Math Professor Gregory Kelsey
Gregory A. Kelsey, Ph.D., is a new assistant professor of mathematics in the Mathematics/Computer Science/Physics Department at Immaculata University. He is teaching Quantitative Reasoning, Intermediate Mathematics I, and Calculus I this semester, using authentic data as much as possible, and equipping students with procedures and concepts to handle real-world problems.
Kelsey has a doctorate in mathematics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). His dissertation is titled "Mega-bimodules of topological polynomials: Sub-hyperbolicity and Thurston obstructions." His research interests are geometric and combinatorial group theory and methods of teaching undergraduate mathematics to promote higher-order thinking skills, knowledge retention, and motivation.
Kelsey has taught courses at UIUC in geometry, calculus, and introductory mathematics, emphasizing class discussion, applied mathematical concepts, and group projects. He has experience tutoring first-generation college students, as well as students with weak backgrounds in math. He won the UIUC Department of Mathematics Teaching Assistant Instructional Award, and he appeared on the UIUC list of teachers ranked excellent by their students.
Kelsey helped lead the College Teaching Effectiveness Network and organize workshops for it. He co-organized and presented at a UIUC Department of Mathematics teaching assistant workshop on test construction, and he served as a teaching assistant mentor for two years.
"I´m very excited about this position at Immaculata University," says Kelsey. "As an institution, Immaculata has a wonderful sense of mission that flows from the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. I´m glad to be at a place where the mission statement is a driving force and not just something that sounds nice and then gets put in a drawer.
"The Department of Mathematics, Computing Sciences, and Physics is a great place to be, too," he adds. "I love the department´s focus on problem-solving and teaching the math that will best serve the student audience. We also have some great educational technology in the classrooms in Loyola [Hall] that help me teach many different ways in the same classroom."
Immaculata University is a residential, Catholic, coeducational institution of higher education, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.