Head-and-shoulder portrait of website author, Steve Kifowit, wearing light purple shirt and yellow tie.

Contact Information

Bodie Hall, Room 249
Waubonsee Community College
Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive
Sugar Grove, IL 60554 USA
skifowit 'at' waubonsee '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

  • Mathematics Instructor, Waubonsee Community College, 2019-Present
  • Professor of Mathematics, Prairie State College, 1998-2019
  • 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

  • League of Innovation John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award, 2018
  • 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

  • Past President, Illinois Mathematics Association of Community Colleges, 2018-2019
  • 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
  • Occasional referee for Mathematics Magazine
  • Occasional referee for the College Mathematics Journal
  • AMATYC Nominating Committee 2017-2019
  • AMATYC state or affiliate delegate on several occasions

Some Waubonsee Community College Activities

  • Outcomes Advisory Council, 2019-Present
  • New Faculty Learning Academy, 2019-Present
  • ACUE Effective Teaching Practices, Cohort B, 2020-2021
  • Equity and High Impact Practices Institute, Fall 2019
  • Mentor for numerous student honors projects
  • Mentor for numerous Skyway STEM competition projects

Some Prairie State College Activities

  • Information Technology Planning Committee, 2018-2019
  • 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 2005-2019 (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

  • There's More Than One Way to Integrate that Function, presented at the 44th Annual Conference of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, November 2018
  • The Harmonic Series for Every Occasion, presented at the 43rd 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 42nd Annual Conference of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, November 2016
  • 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

  • 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
  • Wisconsin Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, 2016-2019

Some Community Involvement

  • American Legion, 2020-Present
  • Member of WBEZ Public Radio, 2017-Present
  • 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 January 4, 2021