Foundations of Mathematics

W. S. (Bill) Mahavier, Spring 2008, Emory University

About Ted

Bill Mahavier, circa 1972
 W. Ted Mahavier

Professor of Mathematics at Lamar University, Ted Mahavier was educated at Auburn University, Emory University, and the University of North Texas where he took more than a dozen courses taught via the Moore method from a total of nine academic descendants of R.L. Moore or H.S. Wall. Mahavier has taught modified Moore method courses in college algebra, trigonometry, calculus, business calculus, discrete mathematics and graduate numerical analysis. He has taught pure Moore method courses in analysis, calculus, discrete mathematics, topology and trigonometry. He has mentored more than a dozen faculty members, each of whom implemented the Moore method for the first time under his direction. Mahavier has delivered a dozen invited addresses on aspects of the method including implementation, administrative hurdles, and material development, including four hours at MAA-PREP workshops devoted to IBL.

Mahavier served as editor and co-author of The Moore Method: A Pathway to Learner-Centered Instruction, the definitive how-to manual for the Moore Method. He is co-founder and Managing Editor for The Journal of Inquiry-Based Learning in Mathematics, a journal dedicated to publishing refereed IBL course notes. Mahavierís publications span mathematical research, mathematics education, and inquiry-based course notes. In addition, numerous papers have been authored by others highlighting the non-profit MathNerds which he co-founded in 1996 and which has provided discovery-based guidance to more than 200,000 students world-wide.