Name: Matthew Menzel
Title: Associate Professor of Mathematics
Department: Mathematics, Computing, and Information Systems
Education: Ph.D. in Mathematics, University of Kentucky, 2004; Master of Arts in Mathematics, University of Kentucky, 2000; Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, Coe College, 1998
Research Interests: Graph Theory, Sports Analytics
Courses (Fall 2014): Calculus II, Introduction to Analysis
Courses (Spring 2015): On sabbatical
Phone: (740) 376-4817
What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?
Students learn quickly that I don’t give short answers to questions, and it’s rare that I solve a problem and immediately move on. I always try to ensure that my students understand the fundamental concepts of a course and how any problem relates to other concepts that we have been or will be studying. I try to teach any course in such a way that the various topics weave together to form a story.
What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?
I like getting to know my students, and small classes, calculus labs, and office hours provide great opportunities for this. It’s fun to have students in multiple courses and to see how much they grow during their time here. I also am very fortunate to be able to teach in the same department as my wife, which is a nice bonus.
When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?
I have two young daughters, and most of my “free time” is devoted to them. I also grew up in Iowa and went to graduate school at the University of Kentucky, so I watch a lot of Hawkeye football in the fall and Wildcat basketball in the spring. (March Madness is one of my favorite times of the year.)
Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?
My guess is that within the next 2-3 years my answer will change, but right now, I’m still “old school.” I don’t own a Kindle or a tablet, so I’m partial to flipping through a paperback.
What is your favorite location on campus and why?
I love the Anderson Hancock Planetarium! It’s an amazing facility for the size of our school, and I’ve always been very impressed with the planetarium shows that I’ve seen. I will admit, however, that sitting under the “stars” in comfortable chairs can make it easy to dose off for a minute or two.
What is your favorite Marietta College event?
I always enjoy the mathematics senior capstone presentations. It’s fun to see how our students can apply what they’ve learned during their time here to a mathematics topic or project that particularly interests them.