UTM math professor recognized
Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 11:19 am
The Messenger 04.27.11
Dr. Louis Kolitsch, University of Tennessee at Martin professor of mathematics, was recently named the spring Featured Faculty Scholar.
Each semester, the university recognizes outstanding faculty for excellence in teaching and scholarship.
Kolitsch received a bachelor of arts degree from Fairmont State College, a master’s degree from West Virginia University and a doctorate from Pennsylvania State University. He began his career at UT Martin in 1985.
His field of study is Number Theory and, in particular, the Theory of Partitions. The idea behind partitions is relatively simple: If you pick a number, how many ways can you add smaller numbers to get your number as a sum? Yet behind this simple idea lies some surprisingly complex mathematical structures. His research focuses on unraveling these complex structures to make sense of them. He teaches his students to be scholars so that they, too, can unravel complex problems and make sense of them.
Kolitsch has published extensively in journals related to number theory and has refereed articles for these journals. He has presented both on his research at national conferences and on pedagogical issues at state and regional conferences. He has served the university in various capacities, including chairing search committees, membership in departmental committees and serving as the secretary of the faculty senate. Most recently, he has been involved in grants to provide professional development to area teachers.
A sample of Kolitsch’s publications and accomplishments is on display in the Paul Meek Library on the UT Martin campus.