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Dale Hathaway

College of Arts and Sciences


Ph.D., 1989, Boston University
M.A., 1986, Boston University
B.A., 1983, Eastern Nazarene College

 Dr. Hathaway joined the mathematics department in 1989 and currently serves as chair. He has taught a variety of mathematics courses, including statistics; probability; linear algebra; discrete, finite, and liberal arts mathematics; and calculus.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Hathaway has been active in research with nearly a dozen publications, including the textbook that is used for Olivet’s mathematics for the liberal arts course. He is currently working on a book on the birthday problem.

He has given many professional talks, most at national meetings of the Mathematical Association of America. He has also served for many years as a table leader for AP calculus. For the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 academic years, he is serving as the past chair of the ISMAA (Illinois Section of the Mathematical Association of America), having served as chair for two years.

His involvement with students has included supervising summer research experiences for five students. He is also the organizer of the Math Club, which gives students and faculty a chance to get together for food and fun with mathematics.

Because of his positive involvement with students, Dr. Hathaway received the Second Mile Award in 2004. This is a student nominated award. In 2011, he received Olivet’s Samuel L. Mayhugh Award for Scholarly Excellence.

When he’s not busy with mathematics, you may find him with his wife, Heather, and their three children; riding his bike; or organizing his 1800-piece puzzle collection. Learn more about Dr. Hathaway here.



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