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Robert Talbert

  • Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor of Mathematics
  • Grand Valley State University
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Research interests

engineering educationmathematics educationSTEM educationcryptographycryptologyRing theory


I'm a professor in the Mathematics Department at Grand Valley State University in Allendale/Grand Rapids, Michigan. I teach courses for mathematics majors, preservice mathematics instructors, engineers, and computer scientists. I also coordinate the department's seminar series and manage educational technology purchases for the department. I joined the department in Fall 2011. Prior to that, I was at Franklin College in Indiana from 2001--2011 and at Bethel College in Indiana from 1997--2001. I received my PhD in mathematics from Vanderbilt University in 1997 in the area of algebraic topology and homological algebra. My advisor was Efstratios Prassidis. My dissertation dealt with algebraic equivalences between two different kinds of homology theories. These days, my interests lie in algebra, cryptography, mathematics education, and engineering education. I'm especially interested in educational technology and how technology can support active learning environments in the university classroom. I live in Allendale, Michigan with my wife, three kids (ages 2, 5, and 7) and our cat. We're Christians of the Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod persuasion. I've been a bass guitar player for 20 years and enjoy choral music too. I also enjoy the outdoors, running, and reading.

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    Carol ShannonTaubman Health Sciences Library, University of Michigan

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Publications (2)

Teaching MATLAB to a Non-Canonical Audience

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Proceedings of the Twenty-second International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics 
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The cycle structure and order of the rail fence cipher

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Cryptologia (2006)
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Professional experience

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Grand Valley State University

July 2011 - Present

Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computing

Franklin College

July 2001 - July 2011(10 years)

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Bethel College

August 1997 - May 2001(4 years)

Education history

Ph.D., Mathematics

Vanderbilt University

July 1992 - August 1997(5 years)

B.S., Mathematics

Tennessee Technological University

August 1988 - May 1992(4 years)