Dr. Kirsty J Eisenhart

Office: 3326 Everett Tower 
Phone: (269) 387-4117 
E-mail: kirsty.eisenhart@wmich.edu 


Kirsty at Mt. Etna
Current Position: Director of the Developmental Mathematics Program
Previously Taught: Excursions In Mathematics (Math 1140)
Precalculus (math1180)
Calculus I (Math1220)
Calculus II (Math1230)
Vector/Multivariate Calculus (Math 2720)
Differential Equations & Linear Algebra (Math 3740)

Geometry for Elementary Ed Majors (math1510)

Kirsty started her education at Carlow College, a small liberal arts school in Pittsburgh, PA. At the time Carlow was one of 13 schools in the United States which offered a certificate in Perfusion technology, and unlike other schools Carlow packaged their certificate program into a Bachelor's degree in Biology.

The city gave her many opportunities. One of which was to work at Carnegie Museum alphabetizing millions of grasses (who knew people actually did this?). Other (more exciting) opportunities were working for several years in the histology department at the Pittsburgh Coroners Office and volunteering at a local hospital's genetics lab. Frustration over d, e proofs drove her to graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University were she eventually realized that her love of the sciences was centered in mathematics. This caused her to continue her studies at the University of Maryland.

Personal reasons brought Kirsty to Michigan were she was fortunate enough to meet up with the Mathematics faculty at Western Michigan University. The mathematics department introduced the topic of nonlinear analysis in a summer topics course, and the analysis seminar continued to spark interest in this area.
Research Interest: How teacher beliefs influence their teaching
Nonsmooth Analysis
Variational Analysis
Membership in Professional Societies: American Mathematical Society
Association for Women in Mathematics
International Federation of Nonlinear Analysis
Mathematics Association of America
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Phi Beta Kappa
Pi Mu Epsilon National Honorary Mathematics Society
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics