Tara Davis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Office: Downtown Campus, UB 210A
Phone: (808) 544-0856
Courses:Math 1130 Precalculus I
Math 3234 Mathematical Cryptology
Math 3305 Linear Algebra
Math 3316 Problem Solving for Mathematics Teaching
Math 3330 Abstract Algebra
Education:Ph.D., Mathematics, Vanderbilt University
M.A., Mathematics, Teaching Certification, Vanderbilt University
M.S., Mathematics, McMaster University
B.A., Mathematics, Minor, English, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Golden Apple Award for Distinguished Undergradaute Teaching by a Full-time Faculty Member, Hawaii Pacific University; B.F. Bryant Award for Excellence in Teaching, Vanderbilt University Mathematics Department
Asymptotic Group Theory; Mathematics Education; Inquiry-Based Learning; Subgroup Distortion; Relative Subgroup Growth; Varieties of Groups.
Travel, gardening, baking, surfing and yoga.
Dr. Davis’s research interests are in pure mathematics and mathematics education. In terms of pure math, she studies asymptotic group theory. Although groups are algebraic structures defined by three simple axioms, this rich and modern field encompasses areas of algebra, geometry, topology and algorithmic theory. The particular “large-scale” geometric invariants of groups that she is interested in are the relative subgroup growth function, as well as the subgroup distortion function. She is also interested in innovative and active teaching and learning, including inquiry-based learning.