My name is Robert Talbert, and I’m the proprietor of this blog. Here are a few things you might like to know about me. (You can also check out my Google profile.)
I have a Ph.D. in mathematics from Vanderbilt University. My dissertation was on generalized homology theory with a strong flavoring of category theory. I haven’t done much work in that area since, well, the year after I finished. In more recent times my technical scholarly interests have revolved around cryptology, number theory, and finite fields/coding theory. I’m also very interested in the scholarship of teaching, particularly at the undergraduate level with respect to anything involving problem-solving and the use of technology.
I am a tenured associate professor of mathematics and computer science at Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana. It’s my second “real” job since graduate school, with my first being at another small (Christian) liberal arts college in the Midwest. But I’ve been teaching ever since I was in high school. My first teaching gig was tutoring Latin to a classmate of mine who had to miss six weeks of school due to illness. In college I was a tutor for students taking Psychological Statistics. In grad school, I taught various calculus courses at Vanderbilt, was adjunct faculty at Nashville State Technical Institute, and tutored through a private Sylvan-like learning center.
Teaching undergraduates is my life’s calling, and that’s what this blog ultimately is all about. When I was in college, I really needed a professor in my field(s) of interest to come alongside me, help shape my mind to make me a strong thinker, and help me navigate my way through those crucial years. Fortunately, I found a couple of those professors. And my vocational goal is to be that kind of professor to the students I have now.
I’m married (since 2000) and have three kids (Lucy, 6; Penelope, 4; Harrison, 1). I am also a professing Christian of the Lutheran (Missouri Synod) persuasion.
I maintain a professional page here that serves as a portal to all professional and online activities I do.
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