Helen Read

What I Do in the Math Department

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As a full-time senior lecturer, my primary responsibility is to teach. Most semesters I teach about 12 credit hours, plus a 4 credit evening class, for a total of around 15 to 16 credit hours.

My area of expertise is in the use of technology in mathematics instruction. I piloted the use of graphing calculators in the applied calculus sequence (Math 19 and 20) in 1995, and began integrating the computer algebra system Mathematica into the Math 21-22-121 calculus sequence in 1996. Since 1998, I have been responsible for writing Mathematica lab assignments and related materials that are available for use in all sections of Math 21 and 22. My calculus students use Mathematica routinely both in and out of class, using it as a powerful numerical, graphical, and algebraic tool that complements (and sometimes motivates) our analytic work.


I am the Webmaster for the Department of Mathematics and Statistics (since 1996), responsible for the department's website.

I am a longtime member of the Vermont High School Prize Examination Committee (since 1991), and the Department of Mathematics & Statistics Computing Committee (since 2001). My colleague Larry Kost and I maintain the computers in the two Math "Cool Rooms" (each of which is equipped with 31 computers), and I am frequently called upon to assist colleagues in the department with computer related questions/problems.

I currently serves as Parliamentarian for the College of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) beginning in Fall, 2012. I served as Recording Secretary for the CEMS from 2009 - 2011, and previously served as the CEMS representative to the Faculty Senate Student Affairs Committee (1998 - 2004).

Education, Awards, and Grants

I received an Instructional Incentive Grant (1998) for my work developing Mathematica lab materials for Calculus I and II.

I am a recipient of the Kroepsch-Maurice Award for Excellence in Teaching (1993).

I earned both my Master of Science in Mathematics (1988) and Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1984) from the University of Vermont.

I am a recipient of the John F. Kenney Award for Excellence in the Study of Graduate Mathematics (UVM, 1988) and the Mathematics Achievement Award (UVM, 1984). I was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Vermont Alpha Chapter in 1983.