Andrea Young

  Andrea Young



  • Mathematics, Pennsylvania State University
  • Ph.D. in Mathematics, The University of Texas at Austin


Current Courses Taught

  • MTH 130  Mathematical Thinking and Writing
  • MTH 175  The Shape of the Universe
  • MTH 201  Calculus I
  • MTH 246  Mathematical Modeling
  • MTH 343  Differential Equations
  • MTH/CS 501  Senior Seminar




Awards and Honors

  • VIGRE postdoctoral fellowship, University of Arizona, 2008-2011
  • Deputy Director of 2010 Arizona Summer Program
  • Service and Teaching Award, University of Arizona, 2010
  • Project NExT fellow, 2011-2012



Recent Publications and Presentations

Research Articles

Pedagogical Articles

Recent Presentations

  • “Little Fractal on the Prairie: A Study of Fractal Dimension” in the MAA Session on Projects, Demonstrations, and Activities that Engage Liberal Arts Mathematics, Joint Mathematics Meetings, January 9-12, 2013 in San Diego, CA.
  • “Active Learning Across the Curriculum” (joint with David Scott and McKenzie Lamb) at WI MAA section meeting, April 5-6, 2013, UW Marshfield
  • “A Discrete Yamabe Problem” in the special session Geometric Partial Differential Equations, AMS Spring Section Meeting, April 27-28, 2013 at Iowa State University.



Areas of Interest

  • Geometric flows
  • Riemannian geometry
  • Discrete differential geometry
  • Using improvisational comedy techniques in the classroom

Resources for Improv in the Math Classroom

Below are the notes for two Math and Improv presentations that I have been developing during my time as a faculty member. I have given these presentations to a variety of math educators, and I am always willing to modify them to address your group’s needs.

The first presentation, “Improv in the Mathematics Classroom”, demonstrates how some of the most fundamental tenets of improv can be applied to creating an open and engaging mathematics classroom. The second presentation, “Improv for the Mathematics Instructor,” deals with how improv can be used by math instructors to improve their own “performance”.

“Improv in the Mathematics Classroom”
“Improv for the Mathematics Instructor”
Slides from “Improv in the Math Classroom” my keynote address for the Arizona Center for STEM Teachers at the Biosphere 2 on October 23, 2010.

Improv and Teaching Resources (books)

Gwinn, P. Group Improvisation: the manual of ensemble improv games
Johnstone, K. Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre
Spolin, V. Improvisation for the Theater
Tauber, R. Acting Lessons for Teachers: Using Performance Skills in the Classroom
Timpson, W. Teaching and Performing: Ideas for energizing your classes

Improv and Teaching Resources (websites)

The new improv page
Article about CERN physicists using improv to improve communication skills