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Kevin MaxwellAreas of expertise/Research interests: Mathematics education, the history of mathematics, and combinatorics

What do you like most about teaching at Penn State Fayette? I am able to teach the students in a setting where I can get to know each student's abilities, strengths, and weaknesses, and then guide them accordingly.

What do you like most about Penn State Fayette students? The students at Penn State Fayette are dedicated to their work and want to know why they are learning what we are teaching. Whether that means showing them an application of the material or just discussing with them the merits of critical thinking and problem-solving, the students at our campus ask these questions to grow as responsible and more independent learners.

What inspires students the most in your classes and/or your academic area? Students seem to be most inspired in mathematics and statistics when they see real applications of the material being discussed. When I can show them a situation where what they just learned might be used, the students are not only inspired, but also usually more inclined to ask deeper, more thoughtful questions when discussing future topics.

What kinds of unique opportunities are available to students in your classes or department? Students in some of my past classes have had the opportunity to be involved in service learning projects in the community (tutoring in the community and researching and statistically analyzing court cases for the local Legal Aid Society are two examples) and to be involved in optional honors projects for my courses.

What is your favorite quote? "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts."—Abraham Lincoln

Instructor of Mathematics
Williams Building, 110