Sarah Klanderman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics

sklanderman@marian.edu
Marian Hall, Room 204A

Sarah Klanderman

Biography

Sarah Klanderman, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of mathematics at Marian University College of Arts and Sciences. She completed her doctoral work at Michigan State University on computational tools for studying topological coHochschild homology.  Her other research interests include studying higher topological Hochschild homology calculations via the Loday construction, students' transition to proof-writing courses, connections between mathematics and other disciplines, and her work with REU students on connections between number sequences and graph theory. Dr. Klanderman is an MAA Project NExT fellow and joined the math department at Marian in 2020.

Education

  • Ph.D. Mathematics, Michigan State University, 2020
  • M.S. Mathematics, Michigan State University, 2016
  • B.S. Mathematics, Calvin University, 2014
  • B.A. French, Calvin University, 2014

Professional affiliations

  • Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
  • American Mathematical Society (AMS)
  • Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)
  • Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences (ACMS)

Courses

  • MAT 140: College Algebra
  • MAT 230: Calc & Analytic Geometry I
  • MAT 250: Problem Solving & Intro to Proof
  • MAT 330: Advanced Geometry
  • MAT 440: Abstract Algebra
  • MAT 441: Abstract Algebra II

Research interests

  • Algebraic topology – homotopy theory, topological (co)Hochschild homology, and algebraic K-theory
  • Supporting underrepresented groups in STEM
  • Connections between mathematics and literature and graphic novels in STEM
  • Student understanding of proof and motivations to study mathematics

Representative Scholarly contributions

  • 2020 “Factors that Motivate Students to Learn Mathematics” with P. Eggleton, B. Gliesmann, D. Klanderman, and J. Wilkerson, Proceedings of the 22nd Biennial Meeting of ACMS pp. 75-88.

  • 2018 “The Topology of Harry Potter: Exploring Higher Dimensions in Young Adult Fantasy Literature” with W. Boerman-Cornell, D. Klanderman, and A. Schut, Proceedings of the 21st Biennial Meeting of ACMS pp. 101-107.

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