Doug Ensley

Professor of Mathematics at Shippensburg University and Former Deputy Executive Director of the Mathematical Association of America

About Me

I have been a member of the Department of Mathematics at Shippensburg University since the fall of 1993. I hold a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University, specializing in a branch of mathematical logic called model theory. My current mathematics research spans many areas of discrete mathematics including logic, combinatorics and graph theory. My educational agenda focuses on building skills in problem-solving, independent thinking, and communication, especially as these skills relate to the understanding of "abstract" mathematics and the notion of mathematical proof.

While on a leave of absence from Shippensburg from June 2016 to August 2018, I served as Deputy Executive Director of the Mathematical Association of America. In this position I worked on programs the MAA provides to members and the greater mathematics community, including MAA Sections, SIGMAAs, competitions, outreach, public policy, and professional development.

Fall Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Calculus II
8:00-8:50
Calculus II
8:00-8:50
Calculus II
8:00-8:50
Calculus II
10:00-10:50
Calculus II
10:00-10:50
Calculus II
10:00-10:50
Calculus II
10:00-10:50
Calculus II
10:00-10:50
Office Hours
1:00-3:00
Office Hours
1:00-3:00
Office Hours
11:00-12:00
 
Math Modeling
3:30-4:45
  Math Modeling
3:30-4:45
 

Note that I usually work off-campus on Fridays on special projects for the Mathematical Association of America. I am always available by appointment - just get in touch.

Recent Courses

Note that I have taught 37 different courses at Shippensburg University, and each course has extensive components within the campus course management system. If you'd like my material from a course, just ask.

Projects Past and Present

For many years I was the Editor for the Loci Resources section of the Mathematical Sciences Digital Library, a project of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) for which I still serve on the Advisory Board. Most recently I have been involved with the Advisory Committee for the 2010 Mathematics Awareness Month with theme, Mathematics and Sports.

My other involvement in the MAA has ranged from service to my regional MAA Section (EPADEL = Eastern PA & Delaware) in the form of organizing our Visiting Lecture program, coordinating our section NExT program, and serving as Vice President and then President to involvement in the national organization as Visiting Mathematician, member of the Board of Governors (representing EPADEL), and most recently Second Vice President. I am a member of the inaugural class of Project NExT, a wildly successful professional development program for new professors run by the MAA since 1994.

I have written (with Winston Crawley) a textbook for Discrete Mathematics published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Complete information about the book can be found at the Wiley website or on amazon.com. I have also created computer-based material for teaching and learning mathematical reasoning and proof through an NSF DUE Educational Materials Development grant (0230755). This material supplements the discrete mathematics textbook. In addition, I ran an MAA PREP workshop on discrete mathematics during the summer of 2006.

Since 2005 I have been involved in a joint project with Barbara Kaskosz of the University of Rhode Island that involves the development of tutorials and workshops for training teaching and curriculum professionals in developing teaching and learning material using Adobe Flash. The central components of this project are the MathDL Flash Forum and the website www.flashandmath.com. This project is also supported by an NSF DUE grant (0535327), and it has also resulted in a PREP workshop during the summer of 2007 and another in planning for the summer of 2008. Click here for information on the 2008 workshop. As part of the project, Barbara and I have written a book (Flash and Math Applets: Learn by Example) to help math and science instructors get started with Flash programming to create educational material.

The FlashandMath project was honored with the 2009 ICTCM Award for Excellence and Innovation with the Use of Technology in Collegiate Mathematics. To see some of my other recent experiments with Flash, look here.

Contact Doug Ensley

Douglas Ensley, Ph.D.
Professor of Mathematics
Shippensburg University
Shippensburg, PA 17257
Phone: 717.477.1406

deensley@ship.edu

http://webspace.ship.edu/deensley/