Dean, Russell Sage College
Professor, Mathematics

Deborah Lawrence

Read the Dean’s Welcome

Vanderheyden Hall, Troy


Ph.D., Mathematics (Dynamical Systems), University at Albany, 1992

MA, Mathematics, University at Albany, 1990

BA, Mathematics and Computer Science, Russell Sage College, 1988

Courses Taught

  • 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