Mark J. Lynch

Mark J. Lynch

Associate Professor of Mathematics


BS, Millsaps College; PhD, Louisiana State University

“Teaching: I love to teach at Millsaps and I think the students appreciate my caring nature. For example, if a student makes a zero on a quiz, I draw a sad face in it so they know I feel their pain. Also, on the rare occasions I make a mistake at the board (like, diamond rare), I’ll take points off myself. I’ll write a big ‘minus 5’ on the board. That way, when I take points off their tests, they know they’re not being treated any differently than I treat myself. It gives me street-cred in the classroom.

“Research: Several of my recent ideas have been featured in textbooks (2 in calculus texts). A statistics idea has been the subject of a webinar sponsored by the Journal of Statistics Education (perhaps it will appear in a text, too). I’ve focused my efforts on new ideas that can be shared with undergraduates. My days of exploring twigs on the branches of obscurity are long gone.

Outside Class: I live in Madison with my wife, two dogs, and a cat on 2.5 acres of a wooded cul-de-sac. I have one son who recently graduated from the Naval Academy as a math major (3.95 GPA). But he isn’t your typical math major…HOOYAH! Currently, my favorite hobby is rappelling. Rappelling from a building is illegal so I rappel off pine trees. Many pines have no low hanging branches so I’ll climb 50 feet and rappel down. Pretty cool.”

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