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Victor Piercey, Erin Militzer, and Anil Venkatesh, Roxanne Cullen, Melissa Smith, and
Deirdre Fagan (Ferris State University, Languages and Literature)
The Unexpected Partnership Between Math and English: A Public Reflection
Over the last three years, we have created freshmen learning communities centered on
linking general education mathematics courses with first-year writing courses. While
we expected that the students would benefit, we were surprised to find that we as
faculty grew into a learning community. We will share what we have learned from one
another so far and what we anticipate the future holds for this project.
Victor Piercey received his Ph.D in mathematics from the University of Arizona in 2012.
Dr. Piercey also holds a B.A. in Humanities from Michigan State University, a law degree
from Columbia University, and a M.S. in Mathematics from Michigan State University. He
practiced law in the New York office of Weil, Gotshal, & Manges LLP for two years before
returning to Michigan for a career in Mathematics. Dr. Piercey began working as an
assistant professor in the mathematics department at Ferris State University in the
Fall of 2012. He is interested in using his legal experience to enhance his
mathematics instruction and provide students with transformative experiences. In
particular, his work involves project-based learning, inquiry-based learning,
quantitative reasoning, linked courses, and the impact of curriculum and instruction
on math anxiety and student beliefs about mathematics. His current project is an
inquiry-based sequence of courses entitled Quantitative Reasoning for Business.
Some sections of this course will be linked with sections of freshman writing courses.