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Outstanding Faculty Awards

James Kirkwood

Professor of Mathematical Sciences
Sweet Briar College

Jim Kirkwood is Professor of Mathematics and Cameron Fellow at Sweet Briar College where he has taught the past 30 years. In that time, his research interests and publications have spanned a number of areas including mathematical physics, stochastic processes and mathematical biology. He is coauthor of a paper in mathematical physics that is the genesis of what is now known as the Kirkwood-Thomas Theory. He has had over a dozen textbooks published in these and other fields of mathematics including real analysis and partial differential equations. He has taught courses in computer science and statistics as well as nearly every mathematics course that Sweet Briar offers. He has been involved with several projects at the University of Virginia in continuing and higher education including courses for in-service teachers and preparation of entering mathematics graduate students. His work has been supported by grants from several funding agencies including the National Science Foundation.

One measure of his success as an educator, and the Sweet Briar Mathematics Faculty as a group, is that the percentage of students graduating with a degree in Mathematics from Sweet Briar College is more than four times the national average. Part of this is due to innovative instructional techniques that include laboratory sections in lower level courses and the development of cross-disciplinary programs in undergraduate mathematics including mathematical biology.

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James Kirkwood


"The most gratifying part of my job has been the number of students that I have taught who felt they couldnt do mathematics when they entered college but who ended up embracing the discipline and, in some cases, going on to major in mathematics."