Dr. Bruce Kessler
Department Head, Professor
I developed a textbook for the Gatton Academy MATH 117 Trigonometry courses that has been used by several faculty teaching those courses. The text is freely available, along with all related files used in the book, at the Selected Works page for the book.
Recent courses taught:
- MATH 117 Trigonometry (Gatton sections)
- MATH 310 Discrete Math
My research has taken two directions: mathematical modeling and mathematics education. Preprints of my work in mathematical modeling with Claire Rinehart and Sigrid Jacobshagen (WKU Biology faculty) are available from my Selected Works page. My work with Philip Womble and Alex Barzilov (WKU Physics faculty) has led to some publications (pre-prints at the same page), and some patent-pending spectral analysis software utilizing wavelet theory, called Peaklet Analysis.
Back in Spring 2006, I wrote and hosted a TV program on internal WKU cable, called Math Matters: Why Do I Need to Know This? Those programs are still available online at the Math Matters site, and from the Western Kentucky University page of iTunes U. More recently, I have developed a series of six comic books that have math content appropriate for 4th-6th graders woven into the storyline, called Operation Comics. The comics are available as actual comic books from www.operationcomics.com, and as electronic books from www.bn.com.
All of this work has been supported by grants, which are listed in my vita on my Selected Works page.
I am in my 22nd year as a faculty member here at WKU, and my first semester as the full-time Department Head of Mathematics. In my free time, I am a member of the "Smallgrass" band, The Mt. Victor Revue, where I play guitar and provide vocals, alongside Ernie Small, Chris Durbin, Bob Bridges, and Eddie Mills.