(obtained from old catalogs and newsletters)
Addendum to Math Dept history (2005-2012)
In Spring 2005 the Bay Area Discrete (BAD) Math Day was held at San Jose State on Saturday, April 9. Our own Tim Hsu is one of the members of the BAD Math organizing committee. In the summer of 2007 the MAA Mathfest was held in downtown San Jose at the Fairmont Hotel. Drs Cayco and Hsu organized a special session on Student Research in Industrial Mathematics. In Fall 2009 San Jose State hosted the CSU Math chair’s meeting. The CSU Math chairs meet once every semester, somewhere in Northern California in the fall and Southern California in the spring to discuss issues common to every CSU Math department. In Spring 2010 the Northern California Undergraduate Mathematics Conference was held at San Jose State on April 10. This yearly conference had been held at Sonoma State for many years until it was decided to have a different university host the conference every year. The organizers of the 2010 conference at SJSU were Tim Hsu and Bem Cayco. In Fall 2012 the Mathematics Department honored its newest member Dr. Andrea Gottlieb, a new tenure-track statistician, with her own personal day, Andrea Gottlieb Day which was held on September 10, 2012.
In spring 2008 the Math Department recruited two new applied math faculty members Plamen Koev (numerical analysis) and Jared Maruskin (dynamical systems). In 2008 two faculty member Donald Weddington and Martin Billik ended their FERPS, in 2009 Linda Valdes retired, Dimitar Grantcharov resigned, and Ken Kellum began his FERP, in 2010 Jane Day and Natasha Bozovic ended their FERPS, Trisha Bergthold resigned, and Joanne Becker, Edward Schmeichel, Leslie Foster began their FERPs. In Fall 2011 the number of tenured and tenure-track faculty in the Mathematics Department was down to 26, more than 2/3 of our classes were taught by part-time faculty, and for San Jose State as a whole the University ranked 20 out of 23 CSU campuses for the percentage of classes taught by tenured and tenure-track faculty. In 2012 the department hired a new Statistician Andrea Gottlieb but our search for an applied mathematician failed. The search for an applied mathematician continues in 2012-2013. The new SJSU president has decided to hire clusters of faculty in “Cybersecurity” and “Big Data” which involve many departments. The idea is evidently to hire faculty who can collaborate together as well as with local industries on topics of mutual interest.
2012-1013 is Professor Jackson’s 8th and final year as the Math Department chair. Professor Jackson is going on sabbatical after the end of his second term as department chair. An election for a new department chair was held with Drs. Cayco and Alperin on the ballot. The votes are now in and Dr. Bem Cayco (affectionately known as Dr. Psycho) will be the new Math Department chair starting in Fall 2013. San Jose State hired a new president Mo Qayomi in Fall 2011 replacing interim president Don Kassing and a new Provost Ellen Junn replacing interim provost Gerry Selter. After a brief stint with only one office staff person for the entire department the Math department was finally able to hire a second full-time office staff person Michelle Del Real in Spring 2012.
In fall 2011 the Math Department FTES reached a record high of 1442 FTES 1442 and in Fall 2012 the number of Math Department FTES was only slightly smaller with 1354 FTES. Also in 2011 and 2012 two new programs involving Developmental Mathematics were implemented, Early Start which requires first-time freshman to start their remediation in the summer before they are admitted. Also a pilot project called STATWAY partially funded by the Carnegie Foundation was implemented which allows students to combine their remediation with an elementary statistics course which completes their Area B4 GE requirement in 2 semesters rather than three semesters.
In Fall 2011 the Mathematics Department was allowed to start a new MS Statistics program which was approved by the Council of Graduate Schools as a Professional Science Masters degree. By the beginning of its 2nd year the MS Statistics program already had more than 50 majors. Because the Mathematics Department now has two Statistics programs we are petitioning to have our name changed to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. In Fall 2009 the Math Department was approved to offer three different concentrations in its BS Applied Mathematics programs, a Concentration in Statistics, a Concentration in Economics and Actuarial Science, as well as a concentration in Applied and Computational Mathematics. Also at this time the Mathematics Department offered its first online courses, a Math 8 College Algebra and Trigonometry course taught by Hedley Morris and several Math 70 Finite Math and Math 129A Linear Algebra courses taught by Natasha Bozovic.
Math Department Workshops
Starting in Fall 2008 the Math Department implemented a series of workshops. Initially the College of Science had a STEP grant which funded most of the costs of the workshops for the first 3 years. For certain classes Math 19 Precalculus, Math 30/30P Calculus I, and Math 31 Calculus II, students were required to sign up for the workshop when they signed up for the course. Because many engineering and science programs which require calculus are already over the 120-unit limit, the students in these courses were allowed to opt-out of the workshop but only if they came to the math office. For other courses College Algebra, Discrete Math, Calculus III, and Business Calculus the workshops were strictly voluntary (opt-in). Interestingly enough for courses with opt-out workshops about 80-90% of the students end up taking the workshop and for courses with voluntary workshops only about 15-30% of the students end up taking the workshop. In the workshops, students work on extra problems (in addition to their regular homework) in small groups. The workshops each have a student facilitator who is there to help guide the students when they get stuck. Workshops meet twice a week for 75 minutes. For Math 19 Precalculus at San Jose State we had the following passing rates (C or greater) Fall 2003-Spring 2005 55% [no placement exam, no workshops}, Fall 2010-Spring 2012 71% [no placement, opt-out workshops], F05-S08 59% [placement exam, no workshops], and F09-S10 74% [placement exam, opt-out workshops]. In Math 30/30P Calculus I the passing rate (C or greater) was 60% from F03-F08 and 70% from F09-S12. For Math 31 Calculus II the passing rate (C- or greater) was 62% from F03-S09 (no workshops) and 69% from F09-S12 (opt-out workshops). The workshops should help improve the graduation and retention rates for a variety of mathematics, science, and engineering majors which is a major concern of the SJSU administration these days so it was arranged that the Math Dept would get a large space in the basement of WSQ (WSQ 1) where we could build 4 workshop rooms as well as a new CAMCOS room. In Fall 2011 the College of Business asked the Math Dept to arrange for opt-out workshops in Business Calculus so that will start in Spring 2013.
From Fall 2001 (the semester he arrived at San Jose State) through Fall 2012 Dr. Tim Hsu was the director of our CAMCOS program. During that time he arranged 24 projects for a variety of sponsors. We congratulate Dr. Hsu on a very successful tenure as the CAMCOS director. The founder of CAMCOS, Dr. Jane Day arranged 28 projects from Spring 1983 through Summer 1988. After Jane Day stepped down in 1988 the CAMCOS program had a number of short term directors but it wasn’t ever quite as active until Dr. Hsu took over in 2001. Starting in Fall 2012 Dr. Slobodan Simic has taken over the post of CAMCOS director. We wish him and the CAMCOS program well.
At the end of the academic year 2008-2009, the US (and the world) economy went into a deep recession. During summer 2009 Chancellor Charles Reed decided to not award several faculty pay increases that were in the contract. It was just one of many cost-cutting measures that were implemented in the next few years. In academic year 2009-2010 faculty staff were forced to take furloughs and an associated 9% pay cut. The following year 2010-2011 the university cut a number of staff positions. In The math office staff was cut from 2.5 to 1.5 positions. Debbie Cortez our calculus coordinator moved to a job in the registrar’s office. At that time the Math Dept shared one other staff person Leslie Blum who worked simultaneously in the Geology, Math and Meteorology offices. Eventually we were able to hire a second full-time person Michelle del Real in the spring of 2012. Also in 2010-2011 the faculty were working without a contract while negotiations on the new contract stalled. In 2011-2012 the faculty voted to authorize a strike and 1-day strikes did occur at 2 of the 23 CSU campuses. Finally in 2012 a new contract was approved. The new contract did not contain any faculty pay increases not even the pay increases from the previous contract that the chancellor did not fund. Throughout this time hiring was restricted and the Math Department was not allowed to hire anyone from Spring 2008 until Spring 2012. During that time the Department lost about 7 FTEF due to retirements, resignations, etc. and we are now down to 26 tenured and tenure-track faculty members from a high of about 36 in 2005. By Fall 2011 only about 1/3 of the Math Department’s classes were taught by tenured and tenure-track faculty. As a whole, SJSU was 20th out of 23 CSU campuses in terms of the percentage of classes taught by tenured and tenure-track faculty. In Fall 2012 the new provost decided to cut 500 sections and increase the sizes of the remaining sections to compensate. The Math Dept was asked to cut 23 sections. It was also decided that all upper division classes needed to have a minimum of 15 students and all graduate classes needed to have a minimum of 10 students. It seems likely that plans for program cutting/merging may be the next step in the financial cost-cutting schemes. In this fall’s election the governor’s budget proposal Proposition 30 contains a tax increase to help fund the CSU. Over the years the state support for the CSU has dropped from about 2/3 state-supported to roughly 40% state-supported.
Math Dept Scholarships
Each spring the Math Department awards several scholarships, including the Math Department Scholarship, the Morton Future teacher Award, the Richard C. Dieckmann Scholarship, Kenneth C. Bradshaw Award for the Outstanding TA, the Franklin B. Fuller Scholarship, the Paul F. Byrd Award, the Verner E. Hoggatt Award for Outstanding Research Potential, as well as Putnam Exam Awards. In Spring 2012 the winners of the Math Department scholarships were Charles Peterson and Katarina Gagic Math Department Scholarship, Mai Tram Nguyen Morton Future teacher Award, Gina Ma Richard C. Dieckmann Scholarship, Amy Dreiling Kenneth C. Bradshaw Award for the Outstanding TA, Sarah Bass Franklin B. Fuller Scholarship, Michelle Hartano and Yin Xueqin Paul F. Byrd Award, and Patrick Weed Verner E. Hoggatt Award for Outstanding Research Potential.
In Spring 2011 the winners of the Math Department scholarships were Jonathan Leaf and Fangren Ji Math Department Scholarship, Mai Tram Nguyen Morton Future teacher Award, Robert McGuigan Richard C. Dieckmann Scholarship, Usha Watson Kenneth C. Bradshaw Award for the Outstanding TA, Gonzalo Moya Franklin B. Fuller Scholarship, Michelle Hartano and Jonathan Chi Paul F. Byrd Award, Katherine Isaacs Verner E. Hoggatt Award for Outstanding Research Potential, and Robert McGuigan 1st and Vlad Dumitriu 2nd Putnam Exam Awards.
In Spring 2010 the winners of the Math Department scholarships were Dylan Rich Math Department Scholarship, Pedro Garcia Morton Future teacher Award, Usha Watson Richard C. Dieckmann Scholarship, Stephanie Vergara Kenneth C. Bradshaw Award for the Outstanding TA, Gregory Drysdale Franklin B. Fuller Scholarship, Caleb Wright Paul F. Byrd Award, Robert McGuigan Verner E. Hoggatt Award for Outstanding Research Potential, and Vlad Dumitriu 1st, Douglas Mathews 2nd, Truong Nguyen and Rich Chaffino 3rd Putnam Exam Awards.
In Spring 2009 the winners of the Math Department scholarships were En-Ju Lin and Robert McGuigan Math Department Scholarship, Leslie Stamm Morton Future teacher Award, Christopher Schultz Richard C. Dieckmann Scholarship, Michael Vartanian Kenneth C. Bradshaw Award for the Outstanding TA, David Zimmermann Franklin B. Fuller Scholarship, Vinh Kha Nguyen Paul F. Byrd Award, and Sejal Dharia Verner E. Hoggatt Award for Outstanding Research Potential.
In Spring 2008 the winners of the Math Department scholarships were Chris Fowler Math Department Scholarship, Morton Future teacher Award, Leslie Stamm Richard C. Dieckmann Scholarship, Simon Ward Kenneth C. Bradshaw Award for the Outstanding TA, Peter Hansen and Anita Chinthalapati Franklin B. Fuller Scholarship, Michael Pejic Paul F. Byrd Award, Siddhartha Kanungo Verner E. Hoggatt Award for Outstanding Research Potential, and Siddhartha Kanungo 1st, Cuong Dong 2nd, and Phuong Ho 3rd Putnam Exam Awards.
In Fall 2008, two new applied
mathematicians joined the Mathematics Department. Dr. Jared Maruskin received his PhD in
Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics from the
In the Fall semester several Math
Department faculty and students attended a BAD Math Day conference to listen to
talks about Discrete Math and meet with other researchers in discrete
mathematics from around the Bay Area.
The Math Department also had a fall party at Marilyn Blockus’
In the spring semester the Math Department held its annual
Pi Day celebration on Friday, March 13 (one day early). Math Department faculty, staff, and students
together with guests from the
In 2005 Brad Jackson becomes the Math dept. chair, wisely
taking a one semester sabbatical in
Dr. Mike Burke finishes his term as Math Dept. chair in
2001. The 2000 Math Dept. scholarship
winners are Hoggatt prize, Danielle Hogan, Byrd
award, Paul Boone, Bradshaw award, Anh Nguyen, Fuller
Chen, Rishi Manocha, Lifeng Shen, Dieckmann
scholarships, Robert Cee, Akarsha
Kumar, Bangthan Thi Nguyen,
and Sandy Nguyen, Math/CS Dept. scholarships Jennifer Aparisi,
Nadia Ghamrawi, Kwai-Hing
Man, Mark Mitchell, Kelvin Shum, Anna Strong, Angela Tran, Abhinand
Vase. After Dr. Burke steps down as the
Math/CS Dept. chair , Dr. David Hayes serves as the
last chair of the combined Math and Computer Science department from
2001-02. New computer science faculty joining the Math/CS Dept. in 2001 are professors
Robert Chun, Steve Kennedy, Suneuy Kim, and Chris Pollett. New math
faculty joining the Math/CS Dept. in 2001 are Julie Sliva
(2000-) Math Education Ph.D. North
After Roger Alperin steps down as the Math Dept chair Eloise Hamann offers to serve as the interim Math Dept. chair for
3 semesters from Spring 2004 - Spring 2005. Dr. Hamann comments
that it is much more enjoyable and less stressful to be the chair of the Math
Dept. alone (after the split) than it was being the chair of the combined Math
and CS Dept. On the downside after the
end of the dotcom boom Math Dept. enrollments drop by about 25% from 2001-02 to
2005-06, enrollments in the CS Dept. drop by more than 50%. New faculty joining the Math Dept. in 2004
are professors Slobodan Simic (2004-)
Dynamical Systems Ph.D. UC Berkeley and Dimitar Grantcharov (2004-) Lie Algebras Ph.D. UC Riverside. The 2004 Math Dept. scholarship winners are Hoggatt prize, Claude Cassano,
Bradshaw award, Tuanh Gia
Nguyen, Byrd award, Maheen Khan, Fuller scholarship, Uldarico Muico, Dieckmann scholarships, Siu Ming
Choy, Kim Dang, Morton award, Dashiell Fryer,
Rosalind Le, Math Dept. scholarships, Nita Barve,
Also in 2004, Math Department masters student ,
James Kittock wins one of the two the SJSU
outstanding thesis awards. Professor Amy
Rocha dies in Spring 2005 and a special memorial is
held at the beginning of the fall semester.
Susan McClory, the long-time director of the
department's developmental math program, receives the first (2005) San Jose
State Lecturer of the Year award. The
Math Dept. finally gets its own common room and a sink is added in 2006. The department decides to name the common
room after Les Lange, longtime Math Dept. chair and Dean of the
In 1997 Eloise Hamann finishes her term as the Math/CS chair. In 1996 Ken Bradshaw was honored with a lifetime membership in the Santa Clara Valley Mathematics Association for his dedication to mathematics education. Also in 1996 Professor Joanne Becker becomes the vice president of the Northern Section of the California Council of Mathematics. The Math Dept. scholarship winners in 1996 are Hoggatt prize, Sarah Kong, Bradshaw award Marlene Dwyer, Byrd award, Sanja Petrovic, Fuller scholarships, Janet Glosup, Parisa Safa, Dieckmann scholarships, Teresa Chiu, Randolph Schmidt, Math and CS Dept. scholarships, Mei Wern Cheng, Lily Dalton, Annapoorani Ganesan, Anna Strong, Colin Anderson, Farideh Dormishian, Debbie Gonzalez, Cathy Humphreys, Hongpin Lin, Xiaomin Qu, Sandeep Shenoy, Saraswati Tumuluri, Omobola Wusu, Jiaoyang Zhou and Fujitsu Scholarships, Samantha Mbozi-Harding, Bang Nguyen, Shubhra Sitholey, Hang Tran, Aida Youssef. Cem Yalcin Yildirim, a Turkish number theorist, visits the Math Dept. in 1996. He later teams with Dan Goldston to prove some important new results regarding the spacing of primes. In 1996, 6 generous donors, Rick Warner, Wenquing Fang, Steve Leonard, Al Halteman, Arthur Hiatt, and Eloise Hamann, who each donated $1000 or more to the Math/CS Dept. Upgrade, are honored for their much-appreciated contributions.
From 1997- 2001
Michael Burke serves as the new chair of the Math and CS Dept. The department develops a new emphasis MA
Math – Emphasis in Secondary Mathematics Education designed for pre-service and
practicing secondary mathematics teachers.
One new faculty member joins the Math Dept. in 1998, Cheryl Roddick,
From 1990-1993 Veril Phillips
finishes his 2nd four-year term as the math department chair. At about this time a new faculty seminar
starts meeting, the computer science seminar.
At the Math Dept. picnic in the spring of 1990, the faculty
lose to the students in the annual student-faculty softball game 16-13
for the first time ever. The Mathematics
In 1993 Veril Phillips steps down as Math and CS department chair
to become the Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs. From 1993-1997 Eloise Hamann
takes his place as the Math and CS department chair. The 1993 scholarship winners are Hoggatt prize, Fred Bourgoin,
Fuller Scholarships, Zhang Wei, Fang Wenqing, Karl Yorston, Dieckmann scholarships, Yufeng Cheng, Marlene Dwyer, Howard Lin, Math and CS scholarships,
Nui Ming Chu, Ahmad Yousef Darwiche,
Chieko Honma, Mark Hessenflow,
Silvia Lopez, Lisa Villanueva, Yi-Wen Wang, and
Jeffrey O’Connell becomes the first recipient of the Bradshaw award honoring
the best math department TA. This award
honors emeritus professor Ken Bradshaw, known as an excellent teacher
throughout his career in the Math Dept.
He first joined the department in 1958 and served for many years as the
associate chair. In 1993 Karl Yorston also wins a $5000 ARCS scholarship. In 1993 ex-dean (and ex-math dept. chair)
Lester Lange receives the MAA Polya award for his
article, “A Random Ladder Game: Permutations, Eigenvalues,
and Convergence of Markov Chains”. This award, established in 1976, is named after the
renowned teacher and writer George Polya, and is
given for articles of expository excellence published in the College
Mathematics Journal. Also in 1993
Dmitri Thoro is awarded a life-time membership in the
Santa Clara Valley Mathematics Association for his many contributions to that
organization, including his many years of helping to organize the Math Field
Day for high school students which is held annually at
From 1985-1989 Veril Phillips
serves as the Math Dept. chair. Mildred Martinelli, a graduate student in our department receives a
$5000 ARCS scholarship. Professor James
Smart receives a Dean’s Award for Exemplary Academic Citizenship. New faculty members joining the Math Dept.
during this period are professors Eloise Hamann
(1985-2006) Commutative Algebra/Ring Theory Ph.D. Minnesota, Kenneth Louden (1985-) Ring Theory/CS Ph.D. McGill, Evelyn Obaid (1985-) Algebra/CS Ph.D. Penn State, Samih Obaid (1985-) Complex
Analysis/Applied Math Ph.D. Penn State, Leon Pesotchinsky
(1985-1997) Statistics Ph.D. Leningrad State, Tatiana Shubin
(1986-) Algebra/Number Theory Ph.D. UC Santa Barbara, Igor Malyshev
(1986-2007) PDE/Applied Math Ph.D. Kiev State U., Hedley Morris (1986-2007)
Applied Math Ph.D. U. London, Rudy Rucker (1986-2001) Logic/CS/Science Fiction
Ph.D. Rutgers, Frank Flanigan (1986-1997)
Algebra/Number Theory Ph.D. UC Berkeley, Roger Alperin
(1987-) Algebra Ph.D. Rice University, Natasa Bozovic (1987-) Group Theory/CS Ph.D. U. of Belgrade,
Randall Charles (1987-1997) Math Education Ph.D. Indiana, Cay Horstmann (1987-) Algebraic Geometry/CS Ph.D. Michigan,
David Motte (1987-1997) Applied Math Ph.D. UC
Riverside, Bem Cayco (1988-) Partial Differential Equations/Computational Math,
Ph.D. Carnegie-Mellon, Walter Kirchherr (1988-)
Complexity Theory/CS Ph.D. U. Illinois at Chicago, John Avila (1989-) Parallel
Algorithms/CS Ph.D. Maryland, Amy Rocha (1989-2005) Probability/Stochastic
Processes Ph.D. Stanford, and Roger Dodd (1989-) Applied Math Ph.D Hull University, England. In 1985 the department develops a new
computer science degree, the BS in computer science. Each faculty office in MacQuarrie
Hall is equipped with a terminal networked to two AT & T 3B2/300
computers. Dr. James Dolby unexpectedly
dies in Fall 1985. Professor Dolby was
unquestionably one of the outstanding scholars at SJSU. He had published about 100 papers and books
in his career and had received a 2.2 million grant for his Language of Data
Research project, at that time the largest research grant ever received by a
faculty member at
From 1980-85 Dr. John Mitchem
continues as the Math Dept. chair. A
Math Club is started in 1980, the first officers are Stephanie Patterson,
President, Tim Smith, Vice President, Sylvia Ernes,
Secretary, and Dan Chenet, Treasurer. In the 1980’s the Math Department starts a
period of explosive growth matching the growth of the computer industry in
In 1970 Dr. Lange steps down as the Math department chair
and starts his 18-year tenure as dean of the
From 1960-1967 the Mathematics Department gets moved to the
Division of Sciences and Occupations, which from 1963-1967 becomes the Division
of Sciences and Applied Arts. In 1967
the Mathematics Department joins the
Starting in 1951 the departments at
From 1943-57 Dr. Howard “Doc” Myers (1940-1975) Ph.D. Stanford
serves as the Head of the Math Dept., after Professor Minssen
steps down in 1943. During this time
the Math Dept. has about 5-10 faculty members.
Faculty members joining the Math Dept. during this decade include
professors (with their approximate tenures at San Jose State) Richard H. C. Dieckmann (1946-1972) Ph.D. UC Berkeley, Marion Taylor Bird
(1947-1971) Analysis/Statistics Ph.D. Illinois, Herman Jamison (1946-1974)
Ph.D. Pittsburgh, Anthony Lovaglia
(1945-1949,1951-1986) Ph.D. UC Berkeley, Carl Olds (1945-1976) Ph.D. Stanford,
Lincoln Daniels (1946-1957), and Patricia O’Donnell (1948-78) MA Stanford. In about 1947 the department starts offering
graduate work leading to a secondary teaching credential and an MS in
mathematics. Franklyn B. Fuller was
awarded a Masters degree in Math from SJSU in 1947, so he is certainly one of
the first to earn a master’s degree in mathematics from SJSU. He eventually returned to become a professor
and the department chair in the SJSU Mathematics Department after many years
working at NASA Ames. Most of the masters’ theses in Mathematics are stored in
the Math Department “Les Lange” common room.
Unfortunately Professor Fuller’s thesis is not one of the theses that we
have, however we do have one Masters’ thesis from 1950 which was written by
Lois Bohnett Zobrist. At least two more masters theses were written
in 1951 by Claire Eugene Christensen and William T. Evans. These three theses are numbered 12, 14, and
15 but we don’t know for sure if they really are the 12th, 14th,
and 15th masters’ theses written in the Math Dept. By the end of the decade there are about
6,000 students attending
Appendix: Written by
C. Kenneth Bradshaw, Professor Emeritus, Mathematics Department,
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY OF THE MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT AT
by C. Kenneth Bradshaw, Professor Emeritus, Mathematics
Much of the information given here was taken from the various Bulletins and Catalogs of the University.
2. 1862 The
3. 1871 The
school was moved to
The name was changed to
5. 1902 High School graduation became a requirement for admission.
6. 1921 The
state legislature changed all Normal Schools to Teacher Colleges with control
in the State Director of Education. Name
The Teachers College at
8. 1928 The City of
9. 1935 The State Legislature changed the name of the College to San Jose State College.
The legislature authorized the College to give graduate work leading to the
General Secondary Credential. As an
aside -- the population of the City of
11. 1949 The graduate program was extended to include the granting of
The Master of Arts Degree.
12. 1961 First year under the new governing board set up by the legislature, The Trustees of the California State Colleges.
13. 1971 The Governor signed the law creating The California State University and Colleges. The Board of Trustees appointed by the Governor and the Chancellor and Presidents appointed by the Trustees.
Name changed to
Name changed to
There are several well written histories of the University fleshing out the above information and continuing well beyond the year 1974. The material that follows will concentrate on the relationship to mathematics courses offered and to the faculty involved. This will start with the offerings in 1862 and end in about 1997.
1862 California State Normal School Courses offered: Progressive Intellectual Arithmetic, Progressive Practical Arithmetic both of these Texts by Horatio N. Robinson.
1871-72 Catalogue and Circular of the Calif. State Normal School Courses: Arithmetic (Mental and Written), Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Mensuration Faculty: Again no particular teacher designated as a math teacher.
1873- 1875 No changes.
and Circular of the
1876 - 1881 No apparent changes.
1881-82 Catalogue and Circular of the San Jose State Normal School Courses: Bookkeeping added to above list. Faculty: Mrs. Phoebe P. Hamilton (1882 - 1886)
1882 - 1883 No apparent changes.
1883-84 Catalogue and Circular of the San Jose State Normal School Courses: Probably no changes. Faculty: A. H. Randall (1884 - 1893) Physics and Math.
1884 - 1887 No indication of
Trigonometry offering and
Listed as faculty.
1887-88 Catalogue and Circular of the San Jose State Normal School Courses: Now three terms of high school work followed by a “post-graduate” year. Junior year (arithmetic) , Middle year (bookkeeping, algebra), Senior year (geometry), Post-graduate year (algebra, geometry and trigonometry) Faculty: R.S. Holway (1887 - 1893), Laura Bethel (1887 - 1889)
1888 -1890 Washburn
and Titus teaching but not in Math.
1890-91 Catalogue and Circular of the San Jose State Normal School Courses: No particularly significant course changes. Faculty: Volney Rattan (1890 - 1892), Gloria F. Bennett (1890 - 1892), George R. Kleeberger (1890- 1893)
1891-92 Added Lora Scudamore (1891 - 1895) to the faculty.
1892-93 Catalogue and Circular to the San Jose State Normal School This title remained until 1923 spelling changed to Catalog. Courses: Couldn’t find course changes here. Faculty: Bennet and Rattan no longer in Math. But added James E. Addicott (1892 - 1900) and A.H. Washburn (1892-94)
1893-94 Courses: Added mechanical drawing (Addicott) Faculty: Kleeberger, Randall, and Holway not in Math.
1894-95 Courses: No apparent changes. Faculty: Washburn not in Math, but added Morris E. Dailey (1894 - 1896) who later became President 1900 - 1919.
1895-96 Courses: Started a 4 year course of study to include Algebra, Arithmetic, Geometry, and Arithmetic and methods. Normal School Diploma after 3 yrs until Jan. 1897 then 4 yrs. Faculty: Scudamore not in Math. Added L.B. Wilson (1895-1896), H.H. Howe (1895 - 1899), Harriet Cory (1895-1900), Eliz. MacKinnon (1895-96)
1896-97 Courses: No changes. Faculty: Dailey, Wilson, and MacKinnon not in Math.
1897-98 Courses: No apparent changes. Faculty: Dr. Mary Arnold (1897 - 1898), Kate Cozzens (1897-1899) A.H. Randall now named President instead of Principal.
1898-1899 Catalog missing.
1899-1900 Courses: No apparent changes. Faculty: Howe, Arnold and Cozzens not in Math. Added Anne M. Nicholson (1899-1901), Carolyn H. Bradley (1899-1901)
In the school year of 1900 there were 31 faculty and staff and 1,039 pupils.
Morris Dailey, Vice-President, was to become President for the school year starting 1901 and remain President through 1916.
1900-01 Courses: could only find Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry. Faculty: Added William H. Baker A.M.(1900-1922)
1901-02 Courses. No changes. Faculty: Bradley and Nicholson not in Math.
1903-04 Courses: Arithmetic and Methods, Advanced Algebra Solid Geometry, Trigonometry (I assume elementary algebra and Geometry were also taught). Faculty: Helen Sprague (1903-1904)
1904 - 1916 Courses: No changes indicated. Faculty: The only math teacher listed is W. H. Baker.
1916-17 Courses: Some requirements changed for graduation from the regular teachers course. Faculty: Eleanor Gratz (1916 - 1944), Herman F. Minssen (1916- 1943)
1921-22 Courses: New listing shows Junior H.S. Arithmetic, Advanced Arithmetic, Solid Geometry, College Algebra, Plane Trig., Plane Analytic Geometry, Differential and Integral Calculus. Faculty: Baker, Gratz and Minssen.
1922-23 Courses: New course, Math Analysis (pre-calc and intro to Differential and Integral Calculus.
Faculty: Baker is no longer listed.
1923-24 Courses: Kindergarten-Primary Arithmetic, Elementary and Junior High Arith., Math Analysis, Analytic Geom. and Calculus. Faculty: No changes.
1924-25 Courses: Added Theory of Investment. Faculty: Harry D. Romig (1924 - 1927)
1925-26 Courses: New ones Differential Equations, Solid Anal. Geom. Methods in Arithmetic and J.H.S. Math. Faculty: No changes.
1926-27 Courses: Changes to Math 3A-B Plane and Solid Anal. Geom. Math 4A-B Diff. and Int. Calculus and Infinite Series, History of Mathematics. Faculty: No changes.
1927-28 Courses: No changes. Faculty: Harrison F. Heath (1927-1948)
T.W. MacQuarrie is now the President of the College.
1928-29 The new Junior College housed on the campus has a Bulletin. Courses: New; A Survey Course in Math., Projective Geom. Advanced Calculus, Descriptive Geometry. Faculty: Elmo Arnold Robinson (1928-1934)
1929-30 Courses: Slide Rule and Surveying added. Arith. dropped. Faculty: No changes.
1930-31 Courses: New; Analytic Mechanics Faculty: Barry F Bering (1929 - 1934) , Brauer (1930- 1932) The catalog now lists 23 Mathematics courses.
1931-32 Courses: No changes. Faculty: Judson Aspinwall (1931- 1932)
1932-33 Courses: Added Math . Theory of Statistics, Adv. Calc II, Functions of a Complex Variable, Vector Analysis, Infinite Series. Faculty: Sylvia L. Parker (1932- 1934)
1933-34 Courses: Added Topographic and Mine Surveying. Changed Statistics to 2 sem. course Faculty: No changes.
1934-35 Courses: Changed Proj. Geom. To 2 sem. course,. Added The Teaching of Mathematics. Faculty: Parker is now not listed.
1935-36 Courses: Added Theory of Numbers, Aeronautics. Faculty: Harold Maile Bacon (1935-36), Maxwell Alfred Heaslett (1935-1945), Frank F. Peterson (1935-1944)
The College is now known as San Jose State College.
1936-37 Courses: Added Non-Euclidean Geom. , Advanced Algebra Faculty: Bacon departed for Stanford.
1937-38 Courses: Engineering is now combined with the Math Dept. Eleven Engr. Courses and Aeronautics included. Faculty: Gerald Vaughn (1937-38), Paul Narbutovskih (1937-1941)
1938-1940 No essential changes.
1940-41 Courses: No changes. Faculty: George McCullough (1939-41)- mostly Aero.
1941-42 Courses: Elem. Geom. From an Advanced Viewpoint, Logic Of Algebra. Engr. and Aero still in the Dept. Math A Fundamentals of Arithmetic (non-credit) Faculty: William Howard Myers (1940-1975), Herbert B. Dennis (1941-1943), Arthur Joseph Monti (1941-42), Ralph J. Smith (1941- ?) Note; Dennis , Monti, & Peterson Taught Aero. Courses only and Smith taught Engr..
1942-43 Courses: Added Spherical Trigonometry Faculty:
1943-44 Courses: Math for Women added. Faculty: Mary V. Sunseri (1942-43), Minnsen not on list.
Eleanor Gratz retired.
1944-45 Courses: Math A not on list. Faculty: Heaslet has retired.
1945-46 Courses: Math A is back, Advanced Calc. II is dropped. Added Complex Variables. Vector Analysis. Faculty: Flo Flanagan is now Flo Lovaglia, Carl Douglas Olds (1945-1976). Myers is now Dept. Head
1946-47 Courses: Engr. Is now listed separately & includes
Aero. New: (20A) Freshman Math (College
1947-48 Courses: Math 114 Engr. Calculations, (105) Phil. Of Science Educ. 265 Secondary School Math. Methods, Ed.393 The Teaching of Elementary School Mathematics. Faculty: Murray Clark (1947-48), Lincoln F. Daniels (1947-1957), Richard Henry Chabot Dieckmann (1947-1972), Marion T. Bird (1947-1971), Kathryn M. Hall (1946-59), Evelyn Strickler (1946-49),Marilyn Fleming (1946-48), Marion Hall (1946-54), Alice Mitchell (1946-55), George P. Palmer (1946-48)
1948-49 Courses: Math for Nurses, College Geometry, Higher Algebra I and II, Adv. Calc III
Faculty: James l. Botsford (1947- 1950), Vern James (1947-59)
1949-50 Courses: Arithmetic for Teachers, Field work in Elem Math. Solid Analytic Geom., Statistical Analysis Faculty: Leroy A. Guest (1948-51), Heath is in Psych.Dept. Abram V. Martin (1949-52), Patricia O’Donnell (1948-78) Earl F. Ryan (1949-53)
courses are now listed for the first time.
Courses: Math for Elem Teachers,
Ed 371 A&B Curr. And Instr. In
1951-52 Courses: Fund. Of Arith., Math in Gen Ed. Faculty: Anthony R. Lovaglia (1951-1986)
1952-53 Courses: Slide Rule is changed to Numerical Computation & Slide Rule.
Faculty: John L. Marks (1952-1979)
1953-54 Courses: Math 298 Special Study
Faculty :Verner E. Hoggatt (1953-1985), John R. Byrne (1953-1958)
1954-55 Courses: No changes Faculty: No changes.
1955-56 Courses: 129A&b Advanced Algebra now changed to 128 Theory of Equations 150 Theory of Prob. Changed to 129 Statistics And Probability, 132 Into to Diff Equations, 133 Engr. Math., 137 Changed to 141 Partial Diff. Eqns.,160 Adv Math of Finance dropped but changed to121 Math of Finance in 56-57. Numerical Analysis, Advanced Analysis, 241 Advanced Numerical Analysis, Machine Computation, Math 50 Elementary Statistics Faculty: Donald Duncan (1954-1967, Charles M. Larsen (1954-89) , Leonard Holder (1955-1965), Gerald C. Preston (1955-1988), Robert Wrede (1955-1994)
1956-57 Courses: 225 Theory & Appl. Of Statistics., 235A&B Tensor Analysis, 252 Programming Faculty: Irving Broido (1956-57), Donald Conway (1956-58) Vincent F. Costanza (1956-58, 68))
1957-58 Courses: 261 Theory of Vibrations Faculty: Leonard Bristow (1957-1969), Kenneth A. Fowler (1957-80), Max Kramer (1957-76), Richard Post (1957-84), James R. Smart (1947-94) Dana R. Southborough (1957-1967), Eugene Zaustinsky (1957-58), Charles Hoppel (1957-59), Mary J. Bramel (1957-59), Joseph Seewerker (1957-59), Elaine R. Laflin (1957-65)
1958-59 Courses; Math for Nurses dropped , now Applied Arithmetic, Faculty: Leonard Feldman (1957-92), Terrance Kelly (1958-59), Rodney E. Anderson (1958-80), C. Kenneth Bradshaw (1958-2001), Dmitri Thoro (1958-1994), Ralph N. Townsend (1958-61), Ivan Dale Ruggles (1958- 69), Ruth A. Rich (1958-61)
1959-60 Courses: Math 4 is back to Math for Nurses, 133 Engr. Math is now Diff. Equations, 141 Partial Diff EQ is now Boundary Value Problems Faculty: Paul Byrd (1959-89), Donald Campbell (1959-64), Verena Dyson (1959-62), Edison Greer (1959-77), Charles King (1959-64), Britt J. Schweitzer (1959-88), Marcus Skarstedt (1959-62)
1960-61 Courses: Math for Nurses dropped again, Math 5 Algebra was Math 16, Basic Mathematics
from Math 6 to 12, Math 29 Intro to College Math replaces Math 18 Alg. And Trig., 113 Differential
Geom., 129 Intro to Modern
1961-62 Courses: Math 31,32 now Calculus I & II, Math 151, 152 is now Theory of Numbers I & II Faculty: Richard Barlow (1961-64), Martin Billik (1961- ?), Johanna Brunings (1961-74), Margaret Finn (1961-65), Albert Forman (1961-63), Eldon Hanson (1961-68), John Laurman (1961-63), Bernard Rudin (1961-63), Edgar Simons (1961-94),
1962-63 Lester Lange is now the Department Head Courses: Math 70 & 71 Finite Math I & II Faculty: Richard Brian (1962-74), Charles Chicks (1962-64), Richard Clay (1962-64), Benjamin Sims (1962-68), Raymond Storer (1962-64)
1963-64 Courses: Math I is now Rem. M., Math 128 & 129 are now called Algebraic Structures and Linear Algebra, Math 163 &164 are now Intro to Math Stat. I,II Math 265 is now Theory and Applications of Probability Faculty: Barbara Antolovich (1963-69), Kenneth Davis (1963-65), Hugh M. Edgar (1963- ), Robert Pruitt (1963-87), Barbara Searle (1963-69), Bruce Trumbo (1963-67)
1964-65 Courses: 108 Problem Solving in Math., 152 Theory of Numbers II is dropped. Math 251 Theory of Numbers II is added., Rem. M. is dropped Faculty: Robert DeVore (1964-68), Franklyn Fuller (1964-78?), Alfred E. Halteman (1964-83), Gordon McLeod (1964-68), George Roussas (1964-69), John Troutman (1964-69), Hoyt Warner (1964-67), Albert Wasel (1964-68), Melbourne Wheeler (1964-70), ? Drew (1964-72)
1965-66 Courses: 12 Basic Math. Is now Number Systems, Faculty: Monica Aumaan Caradonna (1965-72), Gene Gale (1965-74), William Sills (1965- ), Richard Mansfield (1965-67) Phillip Childress (1965-72)
1966-67 Courses: Math 29 is now Analytic Geometry, Faculty: James L. Dolby (1966-86), Amiel Feinstein (1966-86) Bruce Helter (1966-68), Constantine Kariotis (1966-73), Lawrence Perko (1966-72), Robert Vogt (1966-72).
1967-68 Courses: No changes. Faculty: McEnteggart (1966-68), Hoelter (1967-68), Gary Haggard (1967-72) Albert Pollatchek (1967-72), Thomas Fall (1967-70), William Orr (1967-70), Elaine Zaslawsky (1967-70)
1968-69 Courses: No changes. Faculty: Chris Avery (1968-72), Shu-Shi Butt (1968-72), Carol Evatt (1968-72) Robert Frohman (1968-70), Deborah Gale (1968-72),William Michael (1968-80) Ralph Parsons (1968-72), Marjorie Pickering Fitting (1968-93), Frederick Prydz (1968-70), Seymour Singer (1968-72), Frederick Stern (1968-97 ), H.E.Rauch (1968-70)
1969-70 Courses: 107A Number Systems II, 107B The Structure of Elem. Math Faculty: Donald D. Weddington (1969- )
1970-72 Courses: New ; 163 Intro to Probability and Stat., 164 Math Stat., 165 Prob. Theory. 166 Applied Statistics., drop Ed 393 & 395. Faculty: John Mitchem (1970- ), Howard Swann (1970- ),
1972-74 Courses:: 35 Intro. To Modern Algebra, 131A Intro to Analysis, 131B Intro To Real Variables, 135 Calculus of Several Variables, 175 Intro to Topology 179 Intro to Graph Theory. Faculty: Michael Burke (1972- ), William Giles (1973-98 ) Gerald Preston is now listed as Department Chairman
Since Graduate courses are now listed in separate Bulletins, which I don’t have, I can no longer list changes in such.
1974-76 Courses: Math 20 &21 Analytic Geom and Calculus I & II these not to replace 30 & 31, Math 112 Vector Analysis and Euclidean Geom. Math 115 is now Modern Geom. And Transformations, 116 is Special Topics in Mod. Geom., 129 A&B Linear Algebra I & II, Vector Analysis is dropped, Math 144 is now Math 144A-J Programming Techniques and Analysis Faculty: No changes shown. Frank Fuller is now listed as Department Chairman.
1976-78 Courses: Math 3 is changed from Slide Rule to Pocket Calculator, Math 44 Introductory Programming in Basic, 107B The Structure of Elem .Geom is now Dropped, Math 173 Intro to Combinatorics, Math 177 Linear Programming, Math Ed 166 Pre-Professional Experience. Faculty: Max Agoston (1976- ), W. Henson Graves (1976-92)
1978-80 Courses: Math 39 Modern Math Techniques, Math 40 Calculus for the Biological Sciences, Math 107A is dropped., Math 135 Calculus of Several Variables is dropped., 177 is now Linear and Non-Linear Programming. Math 127 Applied Algebra. Faculty: David Posner (1978-90), Brian Peterson (1979- ), Veril L. Phillips (1979- ), Marilyn J. Roth Blockus (1979- ), Edward Schmeichael (1979- ) John Mitchem is now listed as Department Chairman.
1980-82 Courses: Math 4 Math for the Non-Scientist, Math 35 Intro to Mod Alg dropped Math 144A Fortran Programming, Math 144B-G,I replaces 144A-I, Math 145 Non-Numeric Programming Techniques, 146 Intro to Data Structures etc., Faculty: Michael J. Beeson (1981- ), Leslile Foster (1981- ), David Hayes (1981- ), Kenneth Kellum (1981- ), Huseyn Kocak (1980-86), Samyendra Sengupta (1981-86), Jeffrey Smith (1981- )
1982-84 Courses: Math 3 Pocket Calc. is dropped, Math 10 Math for General Educ. Math 45 Intro to Computers and Prog., Math 116 is changed to Geom. For Computer Graphics, Math 142 Intro to Combinatorics, Math 143 is now 143 C & M Numerical Analysis, Math 144A,F,L,M,P. Programming Languages, Courses cont. Math 145 Advanced Programming, Math 147 Machine Structures Math 149 Intro to Systems Prog., Math 153 Concepts of Computer Design, Dropped Math 165 Prob. Theory and added 162 Prob. & Computation, dropped 173 Intro to Combinatorics. Faculty: Mary Anderson (1982-88), Jane M. Day (1982- ), Denis Floyd (1982-86), Jon Pearce (1982- ), Vladmir Naroditsky (1982- ), Daniel A. Goldston (1983- ), Richard Kubelka (1983- ), Richard Pfeiffer (1983- ), Craig Smorynski (1983-88), Bradley Jackson (1982- ), Wulf Rehder (1983-90)
1984-86 Courses: Math 8 is now College Alg & Trig., Math 71 is now Calculus for Business and Aeronautics., Math 108 Prob Solving is dropped., Math 112 A Is now Vector Calculus & 112B is Advanced Calculus dropping Math 134, New courses 140 Assembly Language and Computer Organization, Math 144P PASCAL, 149 Intro to Operating Systems, 155 Intro to the Design and Analysis Of Algorithms, 156 Intro to Artificial Intelligence, 157 Intro to Data Base Management Systems, 171 is now Foundations of Math & Comp Science Faculty: Sin-Min Lee (1984- ), Joanne Rossi Becker (1984- ), Eloise A. Hamann (1985- ), Hidefumi Katsuura (1984- ), Kenneth Louden (1985- ), Ho Kuen Ng (1984- ), Evelyn E. O’Baid and Samah O’Baid (1985- ),Leon L. Pesotchinsky (1985- 98), Maurice C. Stanley (1984- ), Barbara J. Pence Part time since 1974? and full time from 1984 (I think).
1986-88 Courses: Math 3A & B Intensive Learning Math I and II, Math 5 Entry Level Math., Math 43 FORTRAN Programming, Theory of Numbers changed from 151 to 126, Math 133A Ordinary Diff EQ, 133B is Partial Diff EQ, and 133C Diff EQ., Math 140 Assembly Language and Comp Org., Math 144C Prog. In C Math 144L Prog. In LISP, Math 145 changed to 145A&B Structure and Interpretation of Computer Prog., with 146A the old 146 and 146B the old 145. Math 152 Prog. Languages, Design etc., Faculty: Vladimir Akis (1986-90), Roger Alperin (1987- ), Natasa Bozovic (1987- ), Randall Charles (1987- ), Tatiana Deretsky Shubin (1986- ), Francis Flanigan (1986- ), Cay Horstmann (1987- ), Yue-Kuen Kwok (1987-95), Igor Malyshev (1986- ), Hedley Morris (1986- ) David Motte (1987- 98), Rudolf Rucker (1986- ) Veril Phillips is now listed as Chair
1988-90 Courses: Math 4 is dropped, Math 107A &B back as Structure of Elem Algebra And Geometry, Math 108 Prob. Solving in Math., Math 116B Computer Graphic Algorithms Faculty: John Avila (1989- ), Sharon Cabaniss (1988-92), Marie (Bem) Cayco (1988- ), Roger Dodd (1989- ), Walter Kirchherr (1988- ), Amy L. Rocha (1989- )
1990-92 Courses: Math 2A,2B, 3A, 3B, 5 & 7 are Non-BA courses. Math 42 Discrete Math., 46A & B Computer Science I & II replaces 46. Math 128 changed to 128A &B Abstract Algebra I & II, Math 144 L Prog. In LISP is dropped., Faculty: Mario Albarran (1990- ), Agustin Araya (1991- ), Mohammad Saleem (1990- ), Vladimir Drobot (1990- ), Tsau Y. Lin (1990- ), Linda Valdes(1990- )
1992-94 Courses: Change Math 45 to Intro to Prog. in Logo, add Math 101 Prob. Solving For Teachers., Change Math 116A & B to CS 116 A&B, drop 133C Diff EQ, Change Math 140 to CS 140, All Math courses from 144 through 157 now in Computer Science. Too many changes in CS to list here.. Faculty: Sami Khuri (1992- ), Wen-Hsien “Melody” Moh (1993- ), Billie Risacher (1992- 97), Richard Kitchen (1992- )
1995-97 Courses (Math only) Drop Math 39 Modern Math Techniques and Math 40 Calculus for the Biol. Sciences. Math 44 and 45 now also CS 44 and 45, Math and CS Graduate Course are now listed in this Catalog. Faculty: No new faculty listed but this does not cover faculty hired in 1994 and/or 1995. Eloise Hamann is now listed as the Department Chair.
I realize that this is old news, and so am I at age 82. But I had these notes and a little time on my hands so typed them up for whoever might have some interest. I have copies of the Catalogs (pertinent parts) covering the period 1946 through 1997. (Not the Graduate Catalogs). The years 1857 through 1945 were covered in many trips to the Archives of the San Jose State Library (not the new one).
I will make two copies of this stuff, one for me, and one for the Dept. provided someone there will accept it. Typing may not be up to par and Catalogs always lag showing new courses and faculty. Sometime in the few years since I stopped teaching in 2001 the Department has split with Math and CS going their separate ways Al Halteman and Jim Dolby can probably be credited with early seeding of this.