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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.
Anil Venkatesh is a teacher, scholar, musician, and game designer. He earned a B.A. in
mathematics and a B.S.E. in electrical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania,
and pursued graduate studies at Duke University, where he earned a Ph.D. in mathematics.
Dr. Venkatesh did his doctoral work in algebra and topology, but his current research
program uses applied mathematics to study topics in signal processing and music theory.
He is particularly interested in research problems that are accessible to undergraduates.
As a teacher, Dr. Venkatesh is interested in all levels of math education from
introductory material to advanced topics. He believes strongly in engaged learning as
opposed to lecturing, and uses writing-based exercises when possible as a way for
students to enhance their understanding of mathematics.