**Teaching**

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***J.D.
Phillips*

*"A great teacher is a tough guy who cares deeply about*

*something that is hard to understand."*—
Norman Maclean.

For some bewildering reason (narcissism?
Asperger's Syndrome?), most mathematics professors put their teaching schedules
on this part of their webpage. I take a different approach. On the remote
possibility that they might find it useful, I give my students my teaching
schedule on the first day of classes each semester. And on the grounds that,
should a blood-relative have an especially pressing need for, say, one of my
kidneys while I'm off-the-grid teaching, say, linear algebra, I've thoughtfully
given our administrative assistants my schedule (i.e., they can find me in a
pinch, so that I might at least *consider*
such requests). Why *anyone* else (say,
a lonely web-surfer from Latvia or Zambia) would be interested in what time of
day I teach, say, calculus, is hard to say, though the specter of it
(vanishingly remote possibility though it is) is genuinely disturbing. So in
lieu of a teaching schedule, I've included, on this page, a few *useful* tidbits about teaching.

For instance, there is this, a very fine explanation of why teaching
mathematics is so challenging, hence rewarding.

A teaching *schedule *is one thing, but a list of courses taught is another
thing entirely. So if you would like to see a list of
courses I've taught, you may find one on my cv.

Many of my essays,
naturally, deal with educational themes.

Here is a link to photos of some of the classes I've taught.

Here is a .pdf version of The Little Giants Math Book, a
booklet I wrote on how to succeed in a college mathematics course.

I note that some of the stories from the trenches have a teaching theme.

Here
are the three paragraphs about the history of NMU’s Mathematics and Computer
Science Department from Russ Magnaghi’s “A Sense of
Time: the Encyclopedia of Northern Michigan
University,” published in 1999. Seethoff’s headship
ended in 2001. Ghulam Zalmai assumed the position
after Seethoff. I have been head since 2009.

Sometimes students
are just right.