Deborah Lawrence, Ph.D.

Deborah LawrenceDeborah Lawrence, Ph.D.


Dean of Russell Sage College

Professor of Mathematics


Contact Information:


PhD, Mathematics (Dynamical Systems), University at Albany, 1992
MA, Mathematics, University at Albany, 1990
BA, Mathematics and Computer Science, Russell Sage College, 1988

Teaching Responsibilities

Calculus I and II
Applied Statistics
Linear Algebra
Mathematical Modeling
Various upper-level mathematics courses

Research Interests

My interests in the scholarship of teaching and learning focus primarily on novice learners and active learning strategies. My mathematical research interests have shifted from theoretical to applied, focusing on mathematical biology, particularly population biology and the dynamics of infectious diseases.

Professional Activities

·         Member, New York State Mathematics Content Advisory Panel, 2012 – present

·         Co-Director with Tina Mancuso of Sage’s Center for Teaching and Learning, 2012-2015

·         Co-Director with Tina Mancuso of Scholarships in Mathematics, Engineering, and The Sciences (SIMETS)

·         Co-Director with Tina Mancuso of Girls Excited about Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science (GEMS)



·         Advisor of the Year Award, RSC, May 2013

·         Champion of Character Award, TSC Academy for Character Education, April 2012

·         Awarded funding from National Science Foundation in 2001 and 2007 for scholarship programs

·         Awarded funding from Charitable Leadership Foundation in 2003 for five-year GEMS program, with Tina Mancuso

·         Awarded funding from MAA/Tensor Foundation in Spring 1999 and 2001 for Girls And Math Equal Success (GAMES) programs in October 2000 and 2002, with Tina Mancuso

·         Awarded funding from Association for Women in Mathematics in Spring 1999 and 2001 for programs in October 1999 and 2001, with Tina Mancuso

·         Robb Fellow in the Sciences and Mathematics, 2001-2002


·         Mathematical Association of America (

·         Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society (

·         Society of Mathematical Biology (

Other Interests

Fitness (including yoga and HIIT), gardening, hiking, anything I can do with my family