Thomas Sweeney, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Mathematics

Contact Information

Phone: (518) 244-2486
Email: sweent@sage.edu
Office: Education Building, Room 4E, Troy Campus

Education

B.S., Mathematics, Fairfield University
M.S.(R), Mathematics, St. Louis University
M.S., Computer Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Ph.D., Matheamatics, St. Louis University

Introduction

Tom has three main “loves” in his life: his family; mathematics; and college hockey. He recognizes that attitude and enthusiasm serve as the bedrock of a happy life and successful learning. He has been known to use humor in his teaching to reduce the level of anxiety many feel toward mathematics and to increase interest among participants in the classroom experience. He has been at Sage since 1978.
“ Why is a bad attitude like a flat tire? Because you are going nowhere until you change it”.

Teaching Responsibilities

Problem Solving Mat 511
Calculus I, II, III Mat 201/202/203
Discrete Mathematics Mat 209
Statistics Mat 220
Probability Mat 303
Geometry Mat 308
Contemporary Mathematics Mat 109
Mathematics for Teaching and Learning Mat 111

Departmental Responsibilities

Mathematics Program Coordinator, Russell Sage College

Advising Responsibilities

3-2 Mathematics/Engineering Advisor
Advise all other majors in Mathematics
Advise Mathematics M.A.T. students

College Responsibilities

Council for Education
Admissions Committee M.A.T. program

Honors/Awards

Distinguished Faculty Service Award 1994-95

Research Interests

Effective Strategies for Teaching and Learning Mathematics
Teaching Mathematics with Technology
Problem Solving
Geometry

Professional Activiities

Consultant and Workshop facilitator for Professional Development School at Troy P.S. 12; Carl C. Icahn Charter School, Bronx , NY; Riverfront Consortium Schools, Capital District, NY.
Executive Board Member, AMTNYS

Memberships

Mathematical Association of America
Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State
Pi Mu Epsilon

Other Interests

Humor, Walking, Listening to music, Puzzles