Neil Nicholson

Professor of the Practice


B.A., Lake Forest College, 2002
Ph.D., The University of Iowa, 2007


Research Interests

  • Primary: collaborative research projects with undergraduates, varying topics and fields; topology, specifically knot theory and the relationships between knot invariants and knot polynomials, the space of piecewise linear knots
  • Secondary: knot theory and algorithmic music writing, graph theory, discrete and computational geometry with combinatorics, math modeling education

Selected Publications

  • A Transition to Proof: An Introduction to Advanced Mathematics, 2019, CRC Press. 450 pp.
  • Lasting Learning: Measuring impact and success through sustainability, with Mary Embry and Deborah Scarfino, in Service-Learning in Higher Education: Connecting the Global to the Local, eds. Phylis Lan Lin and Mark R. Wiegand. Indianapolis: University of Indianapolis Press, 2013. 29—43.
  • Cops and Robbers on Toroidal Chess Graphs, with Allyson Hahn, Geombinatorics, XXX(3): 123—136,
  • Weak visibility preserving functions, with Jack Billings, Minnesota Journal of Undergraduate
    Mathematics, 4, 1—6, 2019.
  • Visualizing Euclidean Rhythms using Tangle Theory, with Jonathon Kirk, Polymath: An
    Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences Journal, 6(1): 10 pp., 2016.

Phone: 574-634-1430
Fax: 574-631-6579
Office: 146 Hayes-Healy Bldg.