No, I am not Santa
Claus - but I did play him at a corporate holiday
gathering long ago and far away. While both
the naughty and nice are welcomed into my math classes,
statistically the nice fare better!
Academic teaching experiences include math and physics, essentially in chronological order, Terre Haute North High School, Indiana
State University, Lafayette Central Catholic High School, Purdue
University, Aurora University, Waubonsie Community College, Triton College, and since 2006 - the College of DuPage.
Industrial experience (approximately 20 years) focused in Telecommunications and
Information Technology, primarily Product Development
and Management Consulting including assignments with Bell Labs, AT&T, Bell Communications
Research, Ameritech, Telcordia Technologies, Performance Technology
Group, and SIM2K.
Bachelor of Science, Indiana
State University (Math Major and Physics Minor)
Master of Science, Purdue
University (Applied Math Major with additional concentrations
in Industrial Engineering and Mathematical Analysis)
MBA and Systems Engineering course work at Illinois
Institute of Technology
Additional Industry Management Training in Leadership, Quality,
and Product Development and Management.
Currently pursuing doctoral level coursework in the Mathematics
and Science Education program at
Illinois Institute of Technology.
I have taught almost all of the COD math courses - including
classroom courses ranging from developmental mathematics through
statistics, pre-calculus, calculus, linear algebra, differential
equations, and the history of mathematics. Applications of
mathematics, continue to be strong areas of problem solving
interests In the Learning Commons, I
have worked with students working throughout the academic mathematics
curriculum and sponsored Supplemental Instruction Initiatives. In COD Continuing Education programs, I have taught graduate
entrance exam preparation courses
for the GRE, LSAT, and GMAT , tutored through the COD scholar's
academy, and delivered college entrance SAT/ACT mathematics preparation courses.
Representative syllabi are available on course
websites. Please contact me for access codes or additional
Each class is unique - both in content and in individual student
make-up, so adaptability aimed at maximizing success opportunities -
is certainly a teaching style cornerstone. I focus on providing a clear structured
environment, frequent measurements of progress, and significant
opportunities for interaction. Moreover, particularly in Math, one
learns and improves by doing - not by watching. This motivates my
favored analogy of successful collaborative roles for students and
The instructor's role is like that of an athletic
trainer. The student's role is like that of a motivated athlete.
Doing the homework is like executing the designed fitness
program. Our common goal is the student's success in
demonstrating a working mastery of the course content.
I often remind my students that time is precious, that
each day must count, that they should do the math because it
will make then strong!
Research Interests and Projects
Focused on developmental mathematics - how to better enable
students to master and retain the mathematics skills necessary for
their success. Prospectively, I envision using emerging
technology to facilitate student learning.
Previously in industry, I was interested in the mathematical and computer
applications modeling of business processes. These earlier projects span
the economic modeling of alternative deployment strategies for
network technologies, modeling of telecommunications aftermarket
costs, and design for standards, new product development, and
supplier management business processes.
In Loving Memory
My wife, Pat Bradley, of thirty years, went to be with
God in 2008. She was a brilliant mother, a proud grandmother, and
an outstanding teacher. Pat never missed an opportunity to encourage, help,
or inspire her family, our children and grandchildren, her friends, her students, or me
through her deeds, her teaching, and her courageous life
example. Pat was my best friend and is missed each &
Jim Bradley (aka
Professor of Mathematics
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