Instructor of Mathematics
Our chosen Featured Facutly for Spring Semester 2013 is Jonathan Wielbruda, Instructor of Mathematics.
How long have you been teaching at Rio?
Over the years how many different courses have you taught? (estimate if you can’t remember exactly )
8 different courses, 20 different class sections
What is your favorite course to teach at Rio…and why?
Math for Educators, because it is the one class where the question “Why do I need to know this?” has an obvious answer.
In your discipline (i.e., Biology), what individual (or two or three) would you most like to spend a day with so you could pick their brain? (you can choose someone no longer walking the planet…)
I can honestly say that I wouldn’t want to. I like “doing” math, but I despise talking about it, let alone
What is your favorite food?
What is your favorite all-time movie (or two)?
The Ring and Lost. (Yes, I know Lost was a TV series, but it was better than a movie so it counts.)
What is your favorite hobby/past-time activity?
Watching TV and wrestling. That’s watching wrestling (WWE), not doing it.
If you were not a “mathematician”, what would you like to do as a profession—disregarding whether it paid more or less than what you are making now?
I would be a soap opera writer or a wrestling booker – really the same thing.
Describe the one aspect of teaching you like the least. (Preparing exams and/or quizzes? Grading? Preparing a syllabus? Developing a new course? Lectures? Labs? Other?)
I tend to give more partial credit than others, so if a test comes in… not great… it can take an obscene amount of time to grade.
How many years did it take you to earn your B.S. degree?
What century did your earn your B.S. degree in?
What set of circumstances resulted in your becoming a mathematician?
A series of unfortunate events, I’d say. Do what you want to do in life; don’t let your parents pressure you away from it. It’s your life, not theirs, and you are the one who has to live with it every day.
If you could choose to live anywhere else on this planet (i.e., not counting Rio Grande), where would it be and why?
Los Angeles to pursue writing.
Identify one “thing” from “the good old days.”
The economy! (wah wah wah wahhhhh…)
What is your favorite quote?
If I have to think this hard, then I probably don’t have one. Hey, maybe that’s my new favorite quote?