Steve Kifowit

Contact Information

Main Building, Room 2305
Prairie Sate College
202 South Halsted Street
Chicago Heights, IL 60411 USA
skifowit 'at' prairiestate 'dot' edu
http://stevekifowit.com
ORCID: 0000-0003-3051-6748

Education

University/College

  • Ph.D, Mathematics, Northern Illinois University, 2015, Dissertation: A Divide-and-Conquer Split Schur Algorithm (pdf | ps) (My genealogy)
  • M.S., Computational Mathematics, Northern Illinois University, 1994
  • B.S. (Summa Cum Laude), Professional Physics and Applied Mathematics (Double major), Northern Illinois University, 1992
  • Some courses at Northern Virginia Community College, 1987-1988  (I think my classes were at the Arlington Center.)

Military Training

  • Primary Leadership Development Course - Fort Knox, KY, 1986
  • Air Assault School, 1986
  • Basic Training/Advanced Infantry Training - Fort Benning, GA, 1984

Elementary/Secondary

  • East Aurora High School, 1984
  • K.D. Waldo Junior High School, 1981
  • St. Pauls Lutheran School, 1980

Other

  • Kim's Black Belt Academy, Aurora, IL - 1st Dan Black Belt, 1984

Employment

  • Professor of Mathematics, Prairie State College, 1998-Present
  • Adjunct Mathematics Faculty, Waubonsee Community College, 1995-2000
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Northern Illinois University, 1992-1998
  • Intern, Numerical Algorithms Group, Inc., 1997
  • Infantryman, United States Army, 1984-1988
    • Basic Training/AIT - Fort Benning, GA - Infantry Training
    • Primary Duty - Ft Myer, VA - 3d Infantry Regiment, Continental Color Guard (Some pictures)

Awards/Honors/Grants

  • Sabbatical Leave of Absence, Fall 2011
  • Prairie State College Faculty of the Year, 2010
  • Improving Math Education in America's Poorest Suburb, Eisenhower Professional Development Grant with Christopher Fogarty, 2002
  • D.R. Ostberg Award, Northern Illinois University Department of Mathematical Sciences, 1996
  • Certificate of Teaching Excellence, Northern Illinois University Department of Mathematical Sciences, 1996
  • Physics Chair's Award, Northern Illinois University Department of Physics, 1992
  • Chairman's Award, Northern Illinois University Department of Mathematical Sciences, 1992
  • U.S. Army - Good Conduct Medal, Army Achievement Medal (1st Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal
  • U.S. Army - Primary Leadership Development Course Distinguished Leadership Award
  • U.S. Army - Primary Leadership Development Course Distinguished Honor Graduate
  • U.S. Army - Expert Infantry Badge

Some Professional Activities

  • President, Illinois Mathematics Association of Community Colleges, 2017-2018
  • President-Elect, Illinois Mathematics Association of Community Colleges, 2016-2017
  • Treasurer, Illinois Mathematics Association of Community Colleges, 2004-2016
  • IAI General Education Mathematics Panel, 2001-2016 (Panel Co-Chair 2008-2016)
  • IAI Steering Panel, 2008-2016
  • Referee for The AMATYC Review, 2004-2006
  • Occasional referee for the American Mathematical Monthly
  • AMATYC state or affiliate delegate on several occasions

Some Prairie State College Activities

  • PSC Faculty Federation Audit Committee, 2017
  • Mentor for numerous student research projects (including some Skyway 1st place finishers)
  • Chair of the Math Department, 2008-2010
  • Chair and Coordinator of the Math Department, 2002-2005
  • Faculty Senate, 2001-2003 and 2005-Present (Senate President 2009-2011)
  • Nine faculty search committees (Chair of three)
  • Seven faculty tenure committees (Chair of four)
  • Curriculum Committee, 1999-2001, 2004
  • Instructional Technology Committee, 1999-2001
  • Numerous Title III grant activities, 2006-2008
  • Local moderator for the AMATYC Student Math League contest, 1998-2005
  • Co-coordinator of annual Integration Bee, 2003-2006, 2017
  • Math Department web site, 2003-2010
  • Self-Study Criterion III committee, 2007-2008
  • Faculty Communities of Practice, 2007-2009

Publications

See my ORCID record: 0000-0003-3051-6748

Some Presentations

  • Bobo Numbers, Bobbers, and Bears--Experiences in Undergraduate Research, presented at the 42nd Annual Conference of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, November 2017
  • Bobo Numbers, Bobbers, and Bears--Experiences in Undergraduate Research, presented at the 23rd Annual Conference of the Wisconsin Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, September 2016
  • Serious About that 1 Series, presented at the 37th Annual Conference of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, November 2011
  • Serious About that 1 Series, presented at the 36th Annual Conference of the Illinois Mathematics Association of Community Colleges, April 2011
  • Uncommon Approaches to Some Common Calculus Problems, presented at the 35th Annual Conference of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, November 2009
  • Serious About the Harmonic Series II, presented at the 31st Annual Conference of the Illinois Mathematics Association of Community Colleges, April 2006
  • Serious About the Harmonic Series, presented at the 31st Annual Conference of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, November 2005
  • Assessment of Conceptual Understanding in the Calculus Sequence, presented at the 30th Annual Conference of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, November 2004
  • Two-Year College Proofs from the "Book", presented at the 29th Annual Conference of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, November 2003
  • Outcomes Assessment in the Algebra Sequence, presented at the 29th Annual Conference of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, November 2003
  • Tabular Integration by Parts-A Jewel in the Rough, presented at the 28th Annual Conference of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, November 2002
  • Projects and Laboratory Activities for Prospective Teachers, presented at the 27th Annual Conference of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, November 2001
  • A Superfast Version of the Split Schur Algorithm, presented at the 7th Annual Conference of the International Linear Algebra Society, June 1998
  • The Split Levinson and Split Schur Algorithms, presented at the Northern Illinois University Numerical Linear Algebra Seminar, March 1998

Professional Affiliations

  • Wisconsin Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, 2016-Present
  • American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, 2000-Present
  • Illinois Mathematics Association of Community Colleges, 1999-Present
  • Mathematical Association of America, 1998-Present
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, 1996-Present
  • American Mathematical Society, 1992-Present

Some Community Involvement

  • Attended christening and commissioning of the USS Illinois, 2015, 2016 (Picture)
  • Aurora Fire Department, Fire Ops 101, 2011 (Picture)
  • Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, 2006-Present
  • Sierra Club, 2006-Present
  • Host parent for YFU foreign exchange student, 2006-2007
  • American Canoe Association, 2005-Present
  • Phillips Park Mastodon Dig, 2004
  • SciTech Hands-On Museum Board of Directors, 2004-2009
  • Brookfield Zoo, 2003-Present

Hobbies

  • Family and pets (Family picture including grandchildren, Family at christening of the USS Illinois, Dog, Turtle, Gecko)
  • Bicycling - road bike (Fuji) and mountain bike (Bianchi)
  • Kayaking - Prijon Calabria and Perception Carolina (Picture at the Lake Superior sea caves)
  • Running (mostly on a treadmill)
  • Skateboarding (Sector 9, Enjoi, Element)
  • Music (listening, not playing)
  • Math (obviously), physics, literature, and art (picture with Neil deGrasse Tyson, picture with Wendell Minor)
Last updated September 18, 2017