Howdy! I am happy to be at Willamette University. Before teaching in the great northwest, I was an assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago . And prior to the windy city, I spent three balmy years as a post-doc at Texas A&M University. I did my graduate work in combinatorics at Cornell University.
Refer to WISE for information on the current courses that I am teaching.
Cornell University, Ph.D., Mathematics, August 2001. Advisor: L.J. Billera Field of Study: Algebraic Combinatorics Minor: Operations Research
Cornell University, M.S., Mathematics, August 1998
Carthage College, B.A., Mathematics, May 1995. Summa Cum Laude with distinction in mathematics
Willamette University, Assistant Professor, Fall 2009 – Present. Courses taught: Combinatorics, Foundations of Advanced Mathematics, Linear Algebra, Calculus II, Contemporary Mathematics.
Loyola University Chicago, Assistant Professor, Fall 2004 – Spring 2009. Courses taught: Combinatorics, Number Theory, Linear Algebra, Introductory Statistics, College Algebra, Calculus I & II, Pre-Calculus, Quantitative Reasoning, Math in Cahoots with Science.
Texas A&M University, VIGRE Postdoctoral Fellow, Fall 2001 – Summer 2004. Courses taught: Calculus, Introduction to Proofs, Geometry and Algebra for Pre-Service Teachers.
Cornell University, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Fall 1995 – Spring 2001.
Two-player envy-free multi-cake division, with J. Cloutier and F. Su, Mathematical Social Sciences, 59, (2010), 26–37.
Annihilators of permutation modules, with S. Doty, Quarterly Journal of Mathematics, doi: 10.1093/qmath/hap020 (2009).
Relations on generalized degree sequences, with C. Klivans and B. Tenner, Discrete Mathematics, 309, (2009), 4377–4383.
Two-batch liar games on a general bounded channel, with R. Ellis, Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series A, 116 (2009), 1253–1270.
New results on the peak algebra, with M. Aguiar and R. Orellana, Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics, 23, (2006), 149–188.
Inequalities for the h-and ﬂag h–vector of geometric lattices, with E. Swartz, Discrete and Computational Geometry, 32, no. 4 (2004), 533–548.
The peak algebra and the descent algebras of types B and D, with M. Aguiar and N. Bergeron, Transactions of the American Mathematical Society, 356 (2004), 2781–2824.
Linear inequalities for rank 3 geometric lattices, Discrete and Computational Geometry, 31, no. 2 (2004), 229–242.
The peak algebra of the symmetric group, Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics 17 (2003), 309–322.
A hierarchy of classes of bounded bitolerance orders, with G. Isaak and A. Trenk, ARS Combinatoria, 69 (2003), 33–53.
Submitted Papers Under Review
Weighted pebbling numbers of graphs, with S. Jones, J. Laison, C. McLeman. Properties of generalized derangements graphs, with H. Jackson and L. Reid. Fan’s Lemma: Equivalent to the Borsuk-Ulam Theorem and implies Sperner’s Lemma, with F.
Awards and Fellowships
Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) Fellow, 2004–2005, an MAA mentoring program.
Clark Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Arts and Sciences, Spring 2001, Cornell University, 3 awarded out of over 500 eligible teaching assistants. Hutchinson Fellowship, Spring 1999. Cornell Mathematics Department. Eleanor Norton York Award, Fall 1998. Cornell Mathematics Department.
Hewlett Grant, “ Investigate the potential for an Economics-Mathematics major at Willamette University”, with P. Otto and N. Boyce 2010. Lilly Grant, “Getting Things Done faculty reading group”, with E. Coddington and H. Cheng 2009. Loyola University Chicago Summer Stipend, “Brauer Algebra Annihilators”, Summer 2008.
Loyola University Chicago Summer Stipend, “Adaptive unidirectional liar games”, Summer 2006. NSF VIGRE Grant, Fall 2001. Funding through Cornell University to develop interactive and web based labs for an introductory statistics course.
Department of Mathematics
900 State St.
Salem, OR 97301
217 Ford Hall
Email: knyman AT willamette.edu