Kenneth M. Levasseur
Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences,
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Lowell, MA 01854
B. A. 1971 Mathematics, St. Anselm College, Manchester, NH
M. S. 1973 Mathematics, University of Rhode Island
Ph. D. 1980 Mathematics, University of Rhode Island
- 1994 to Present - Professor, University of Massachusetts Lowell
- 1985 to 1994 - Associate Professor, University of Lowell/University of Mass. Lowell
- 1980 to 1985 - Assistant Professor, University of Lowell
- 1977 to 1980 - Instructor, St. Anselm College, Manchester, NH
- July 2013 to present - Chair, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Massachusetts Lowell
- 2011 - 2015, Co-director, UTeach UMass Lowell
- September 2000 - June 2001: Senior Scientist, Education Developement Center, Newton, MA
- 1990 to 1999 - Chair, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Massachusetts Lowell
- August 1995 to September 1996 - Interim Dean - College of Arts & Sciences - University of Mass. Lowell
- May 1995 to July 1995 - Associate Dean - College of Arts & Sciences- University of Mass. Lowell
- Accredited by Wolfram Reseach as a Mathematica Trainer - Since 1998
- October 1996: Visiting Scholar, Wolfram Research, Champaign IL.
- October 1995: Visiting Scholar, Wolfram Research, Champaign IL.
- Fall, 1989: Visiting Lecturer, AT&T Bell Laboratories, North Andover,
Discrete Mathematics and Abstract
Algebra; and implementation of algorithms in these fields using computer algebra systems such as Mathematica and Sage
- "Chip-Firing Graph Configurations,"
Wolfram Demonstrations Project, 2018
- Applied Discrete Structures (with A. Doerr), an open-content discrete mathematics text, Version 3.5, 2018.
- "Groupoid generation by relations," (with Al Hibbard), Mathematica in Education and Research, Vol. 11, Number 1(2006) 30-49.
"Mathematical Habits of Mind," (with Al Cuoco) Chapter 3 of Teaching Mathematics through Problem Solving, NCTM: Reston VA, 2003.
"Classical Mathematics in the Age of CAS," (with Al Cuoco) Chapter 6 of Computer Algebra Systems in Secondary School Mathematics, NCTM: Reston VA, 2003.
"A Microworld for Learning Abstract Algebra," (with Al Hibbard), Mathematica in Education and Research, 9(Summer-Fall 2000) 5-11.
Abstract Algebra with Mathematica (with Al Hibbard, Central
College, IA), Springer-Telos, 1999.
Solution of Linear Equations with Integer Coefficients Using Modular Arithmetic
and Cramer's Rule," Mathematica in Education & Research, 4(Winter,
"Getting Started with Mathematica," a chapter in UML College of Engineering
Computer Handbook, 1995.
Microworld for Elementary Group Theory," Mathematica in Education,
3(Fall, 1994) 5-10.
College Algebra & Trigonometry, (with L. Andrusaitis and A.
Doerr), McGraw-Hill, 1994.
"A Human Name Collision," Mathematica in Education, 2(Fall 1992) p 7 -
"An Application of Fourier Transforms," The Mathematica Journal, 2(Summer
1992) p 60-61
"Card Guessing," Arithmetic Teacher, April, 1991, p 2 ff..
Applied Discrete Structures for Computer Science, second edition (with
A. Doerr), SRA:
"How to Beat Your Kid at Their Own Game," Mathematics Magazine, 61(1988).301-305.
Conferences and Seminars
- Invited Panelist, Workshop on Open Source Mathematics Texts, Northeast Regional Meeting of the Mathematical Association of America, Gordon College, November 2015.
- "What a Difference 30 Years Makes! - Adventures in Mathematics Textbook Publishing," Joint Math Meetings, Baltimore, 2014.
- "Functions and Modeling at UMass Lowell" - 2013 UTeach Conference, Austin, TX.
"How to Beat Your Kid at Their Own Game," Focus on Mathematics Seminar, January 9, 2006.
"Using Interactive Labs to Explore Abstract Algebra Topics" - Minicourse at the Joint Math Meetings, San Diego CA, January 2002.
"A Collaborative Approach to Professional Development Through Problem Solving," Special Session on Mathematics and Education Reform at the
Joint Math Meetings, New Orleans, LA, January, 2001.
"A Microworld for Exploring Abstract Algebra" - AMS Meeting - UMass Lowell, April 1, 2000
"Interactive Labs in a Microworld for Abstract Algebra" - NERCOMP
Mathematica SIG - Amherst College, February 22, 2000
"Exploring Abstract Algebra with Interactive Labs" - Minicourse at the
Joint Math Meetings, Washington D. C., January, 2000.
"Exploring Abstract Algebra with Interactive Labs" - Minicourse at the
Joint Math Meetings, San Antonio, January 1999.
"An On-line Course in Mathematica," UMass ITC Conference, April
"Exploring Abstract Algebra with Mathematica" - UMass Lowell Mathematics
Colloquium, April 1998.
Solving in Mathematics," a Discussion of Problem-Solving and Critical Thinking
Instruction at UMass Lowell, March 1998.
I have taught and/or coordinated the following courses either regularly or on occasion:
I frequently use WeBWork in my classes.
- MATH.1320 Calculus II
- MATH.2100 Functions and Modeling
- MATH.3220 Discrete Structures II
- MATH.4130 Number Theory
- MATH.4190 Mathematica
- MATH.4200/5200 Mathematical Problem Solving
- MATH.4210/5210 Abstract Algebra
- MATH.5100 Computers and Calculators in the Classroom
- MATH.5550 Applied Math for Life Scientists
- Co-PI, UMass President's Office Creative Economy Grant, "Lowell Tex: Embracing Lowell's Cultural, Historical, and Educational Assets to Create Pathways to STEM," 2015-16. ($34,500)
- Co-PI, UTeach replication grant from the Mass Dept. of Education, 2011-2014 (3 years/ $1,599,876)
- PI of the UML subcontract for Mathematical Experiences, a state of Massachusetts Title IIb grant to work with elementary school teachers in Lawrence on mathematics content, 2008-2011.
- Co-PI (with Tibor Beke): UMAss Instructional Technology Grant: Enhanced Learning and Advice through Online Assignments, 2008-9.
- Co-PI (with Joel Therrien): Teaching and Learning Seed Grant: Introducing WeBWork to UML, 2007-8.
- PI of the UML subcontract for Focus on Mathematics, an NSF Math & Science partnership, 2003-2009.
Other professional activities
- Team member - Mastering Adaptive and Scalable Systems (MASS) for STEM Education, July 2018-June 2019.
- Coach - UMass Lowell participation in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematics Competition, 2014-18.
- Participant - PRIME - a project with Lowell High School and Lawrence High School Math and English teachers to improve college readiness, 2010-13.
- Panelist - A Day of mathematics, a program for high school mathematics teachers sponsored by the Mass. Dept. of Education, November 15, 2007.
- Participant in Math Applications Shaping Tomorrow (MAST), an NSF project based at Northern Essex Community College, 2003-2004.
- Member of the editorial panel and chapter author for Teaching Mathematics through Problem Solving, published by NCTM in 2003.
- Participant in Building
Regional Capacity, a joint UML/EDC/EMAMDH project designed to deliver courses to train professional development for leaders in mathematics.
Led a discussion of the the consultant's report on the teaching of problem-solving
at UML - March 1998
Panelist - "Diversity in the Core Curriculum" - UML Council on Diversity
and Pluralism conversations dinner - October 27, 1999
Member of the Mathematical Association of
- Speaker at MassPIRG press event on open source textbooks, April 2015
- Member - Amherst NH "Goals 2000" committee - a committee to revamp the K-12 mathematics curriculum in my town, 2001-2003.
- Lowell High School Career Day - February, 1999
- Lawrence Schools Academic Olympics, Mathematics Competition- 1999, 2000
School Technology Symposium - October, 1999
- Member - University Teaching and Learning Committee, 2011-2016
- Member - Council on Teaching, Learning & Research as Scholarship, 1994 - 2008.
Member and co-chair - Task
Force on Retention Issues,(a task force of the Council on Teaching,
Learning & Research as Scholarship), 1996 - 2008
- Member - Task Force on Teaching with Technology, a task force of the Council on Teaching, Learning & Research as Scholarship, 2000 - 2008.
- Mathematical Sciences Teaching Excellence Award - 2002, 2008
UML Math Sciences: https://www.uml.edu/Sciences/mathematics/