I am the descendant of several
of Appalachian coal miners. I was born and raised in
Alabama. I recently learned that I have ancestors who fought on
both sides of the Civil War. I did both my undergraduate and
graduate work at the University
of Alabama, receiving my Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1971.
You may have read about
George Wallace "standing in the school house door" in an attempt to
black students out of the University of Alabama. That shameful
occurred in the Summer of 1963, when I was a freshman. Like the
Forest Gump, I was there.
The academic job market
a year or two before I graduated. I spent eight years teaching at small
colleges before my research efforts attracted some attention in the
community. After one-year positions at Alabama-Birmingham and
State, I came to San Josť State in 1981. Except for
at the University of Delaware and the University of West Virginia, I was at SJSU until the Summer of 2015.
My research interests lie in
analysis and point-set topology. I am committed to scholarly work
and continue to labor on unsolved problems.
Over the years, I have taught
wide variety of courses, both in Mathematics and Computer
I am married and have three
In my spare time I enjoy reading, biking, photography and tropical fish.
I retired the Summer of 2009 and participated in the FERP program
which allowed me to teach every other semester for five years, after which I continued to teach part time.
In the fall of 2015, my wife and I bought a home in Normal, Illinois. I now teach part time at Illinois State University.
Kenneth Kellum presenting a paper at
Spring Topology Conference in Lafayette, Louisiana.
(Thanks for the photo to Prof. Kathy Porter.)