Mark A. Miller
Title: Associate Provost for Academic Administration
Department: Office of Academic Affairs/Department of Mathematics, Computing & Information Systems
Education: Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, University of Colorado at Denver, 1999; Master of Science in Applied Mathematics, University of Colorado at Denver, 1993; B.S.E. in Mathematics, John Brown University, 1984
Research Interests: Combinatorics and Finite Geometry
Mark A. Miller and Casey D. Trail, Sparse domination of (t,k)-prisms, Bulletin of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications, 46 (2006), pp.81-87
Mark A. Miller, Finite thinking in an infinite world, Bulletin of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications, 36 (2002), pp. 103-108
Mark A. Miller, Spreads and ovoids of generalized quadrangles of order (s, s + 2), Congressus Numerantium, 146 (2000), pp. 125-130
S. E. Payne and M. A. Miller, Collineations and characterizations of generalized quadrangles of order (q+1, q-1), Rendiconti del Circolo Matematico di Palermo, Serie II, Suppl. 53 (1998), pp.137-166
Courses (Fall 2014): Excursions in Mathematics
Courses (Spring 2015): None
Phone: (740) 376-4811
What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?
I like to help students think differently about what exactly mathematics is. Mathematics is a language of truth and beauty. It’s hard to see that sometimes, but I hope that students end the semester with a stronger appreciation of both the utility and the beauty that mathematics has to offer.
What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?
Probably my favorite part of being a professor is getting to know our students and getting to play a role in their development.
When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?
I enjoy playing bridge, working crossword puzzles, and traveling to places with beaches, mountains, or windmills.
Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?
I like my Kindle, but I still love the old-fashioned books on paper.
What is your favorite location on campus and why?
One of my favorite places on campus is the Anderson Hancock Planetarium. The vastness of space fills me with wonder and causes me to reflect on Kierkegaard’s quote, “God in heaven, let me really feel my nothingness, not in order to despair over it, but in order to feel the more powerfully the greatness of Thy goodness.” Also, the seats are very comfortable.
What is your favorite Marietta College event?
I love Founders Day. We observe the history of the College, celebrate the accomplishments or our employees, and are inspired by invited speakers.