Dr. Richard Patterson is a professor of Mathematics and Statistics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in the College of Arts and Sciences. He also serves as Graduate Program Director and Advising Coordinator.
Patterson received his Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts in Mathematics from Kent State University. His area of expertise is Classical Analysis and Summability Theory. The notions of rearrangement, stretching and subsequence of a double sequence were among the first notions presented by Patterson, and these notions did not just allow him and other mathematicians to formulate and prove new theorems, but it also gave them the correct way of viewing four-dimensional matrix transformation of double sequences.
In addition to these notions, Patterson proved a series of new fundamental theorems for Approximation by positive operators, Gibbs Phenomenon, Fuzzy Numbers, Orlicz and Modulus sequences spaces, Core Theorems, Tauberian Theorems, and Rates of P-convergence. These results have been published in more than 25 international journals of mathematics.
Get to Know Dr. Richard Patterson
What’s your favorite class that you teach?
Business calculus. Typically, students tend to delay taking this class because they are scared. When they come to class, they are anxious and apprehensive. I view this as an opportunity to teach and help students get through the course in a way that is positive for everyone involved. They are always surprised to discover that their perceptions were different from the experience.
What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had with a student in one of your classes?
I have had many rewarding experiences working with students. One memorable experience occurred with a deaf student. The interpreter did not have a sign for math concepts I was trying to convey. I worked with the interpreter and student to eventually communicate the concepts correctly so the student could understand the lesson.
What do you enjoy most about being a professor?
Sharing with students the many ways that mathematics is applied in their daily lives
What’s one thing in your field of study that people might not know?
Math is an organic and evolving field with philosophy at its core.
Describe your teaching style. Do you like to integrate tech, or are you more comfortable with a lecture-style classroom?
I am flexible in terms of my teaching style. I tend to use any approach or method that will help students to understand the material. Learning requires engagement so the course delivery method should not be a hindrance to student success.
What advice would you give to a student who is about to graduate?
That the degree is not just for admiration. It is a key that has the potential to open the many doors in your future.