Dr. Dick Jardine
Degrees and Credentials:
BS, United States Military Academy
PhD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Professional Interests/Areas of Specialization:
Applied mathematics and the history of mathematics
Key Professional Work:
Using Excel, with Moore/McCabe/Craig, Exploring the Practice of Statistics, WH Freeman and Company, New York, 2013.
“Alden Partridge and Practical Mathematics Education in 18th Century America,” International Journal for the History of Mathematics Education, 7 (2), 2012.
Mathematical Time Capsules, Dick Jardine and Amy Shell-Gellasch, eds., Mathematical Association of America, Washington, 2010.
Teaching at Keene State:
Why do you like teaching at KSC? Teaching at KSC has been a wonderful opportunity to serve a wide variety of students, and I have learned much from them.
Give an example of one of your most affirming moments teaching at KSC. I enjoy creating experiences in which students connect mathematics to the world we live in and have the mathematics come alive for them. For example, in an Applied Statistics course this past academic year, all students completed projects with real data, most of which involved local organizations. One student, Dan Garant, did a service learning project with the City of Keene Police Department that helped KPD better understand how police officers have been deployed in the past. Based on that analysis, Dan made recommendations for an alternative scheduling plan based on trends observed in the past data.
What do you want your students to take away from their experience with you? I hope that students develop the confidence that they can learn mathematics independently and that they can solve real problems with the mathematics they learn.