# Alex M. McAllister

Associate Dean of the College

H.W. Stodghill Jr. Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Mathematics

## Offices & Programs

## Education

BS from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

PhD from University of Notre Dame

## Expertise

Mathematical logic — Foundations and computability theory

Research interests in mathematical logic and foundations and computability theory. Articles published in *Archive for Mathematical Logic* and the *Journal of Symbolic Logic*.

### BIOGRAPHY

Alex McAllister joined the Centre College faculty in 1999, and is H. W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Mathematics and joined the Dean’s office in 2019 as associate dean. In 2009, he received the Kirk Teaching Award, and has been honored as a Centre Scholar both in 2005 and in 2010. He has prior teaching experience as a visiting assistant professor at Dartmouth College and a graduate instructor at the University of Notre Dame. McAllister was also a research assistant at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

McAllister’s scholarly interests include mathematical logic and foundations, and computability theory. His articles have been published in the Archive for Mathematical Logic, the Journal of Symbolic Logic, and the Mathematical Logic Quarterly. In 2009, Oxford University Press published A Transition to Advanced Mathematics: A Survey Course, which McAllister co-authored with William Johnston of Randolph-Macon College.

McAllister holds a BS from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a PhD From the University of Notre Dame. He is a member of Phi Mu Epsilon.

#### AWARDS

2019 CTL Innovative Teaching Award

2015 Kentucky Section of MAA Teaching Award

2005-2007, 2010-12 Centre Scholar

2009 Kirk Teaching Award

2008 Stodghill Research Professorship

2007, 2009, 2010, 2013(x2), 2015, 2017, 2018, 2021 Honor Walk Talent Recipient

2005 Omricon Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society

2004 Alpha Delta Pi Professor of the Year

#### AFFILIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

Mathematical Association of America

Phi Beta Kappa

Pi Mu Epsilon

Omicron Delta Kappa

#### COURSES TAUGHT

Theoretical Foundations of Comp Science

Mathematical Impossibilities

Drama and Math in Ancient Greece

Mathematics in Our Society

Discrete Mathematics

Calculus III, Linear Algebra

Foundations of Mathematics

Abstract Algebra I

Abstract Algebra II

Real Analysis

Mathematical Logic

Symbolic Logic

#### PUBLICATIONS

**Books**

*Mathematical Modeling and Applied Calculus*, with Joel Kilty, Oxford University Press, New York, 2018, ISBN: 978-0-19-882472-5. A textbook for a 100-level mathematics course focused on modeling, data analysis, and applied calculus.

*A Transition to Advanced Mathematics: A Survey Course*, with William Johnston, Oxford University Press, New York, 2009, ISBN: 978-0-19-531076-4. A textbook for a transition course surveying mathematics. Schaum’s Easy Outline: Logic, McGraw-Hill, New York, 2005, ISBN: 0-07-145535-3.

*An Abridgement based on Schaum’s Outline of Theory and Problems of Logic*, Second Edition, by John Nolt, Dennis Rohatyn, and Achille Varzi, McGraw-Hill, 1998. Abridgment Editor: Alex M. McAllister.

**Articles**

*Collaboratively Re-envisioning Calculus for the Modern Student*, with Joel Kilty and Alison Marr, in Justice through the lens of calculus: Framing new possibilities for diversity, equity, and inclusion, Mathematical Association of America Notes, published electronically November 2021, 257-263. https://arxiv.org/abs/2111.11486

*Tales of the Crisis: Morphing Faculty Evaluation*, MAA FOCUS, Newsmagazine of the Mathematical Association of America, Volume 40, Number 4, August/September 2020, 26. http://digitaleditions.walsworthprintgroup.com/publication/?i=669168

*Establishing and Maintaining a Culture of Collegial Collaboration*, with Lesley Wiglesworth and John Wilson, in special edition of PRIMUS: Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies, Volume 30, Issue 6, 668-681, June 2020. https://doi.org/10.1080/10511970.2020.1712670

*A Modeling Based Approach to Calculus*, with Joel Kilty, in PRIMUS: Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies, Volume 30, Issue 3, 316-334, March 2020. https://doi.org/10.1080/10511970.2019.1588813

*Mathematical Impossibilities, in The Courses of History: Ideas for Developing a History of Mathematics Course*, Mathematical Association of America Notes, Volume 87, October 2018, 381-408. ISBN 978-0-88385-197-5.

*Math and Drama in Ancient Greece*, with Matthew R. Hallock, in The Courses of History: Ideas for Developing a History of Mathematics Course, Mathematical Association of America Notes, Volume 87, October 2018, 215-232. ISBN 978-0-88385-197-5.