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Dr. John Coleman

Dr. John Coleman

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Mathematics

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Dr. Coleman currently serves as Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. He has taught at Franciscan University since 1998, having previously taught at East Central University in Oklahoma. He teaches both mathematics and computer science, including courses in statistics, bioinformatics, and cryptography. His research interests include algebra, topology, and probability theory, and has either authored or coauthored a number of papers. He is an active participant on Stack Overflow and other Stack Exchange communities, having answered over 1500 questions about mathematics and programming.

Dr. Coleman received a Ph.D. in mathematics from The University of Colorado at Boulder in 1992 and a B.S. in mathematics from Kent State University.

  • Ph.D. in Mathematics with a concentration in Universal Algebra from the University of Colorado at Boulder , December 1992.
  • B.S. in Mathematical Sciences from Kent State University, May 1986.
  • Franciscan University, 8/98 to present. Assistant Professor of Mathematics.
    Taught over 20 distinct courses in both mathematics and computer science, including special topics courses in cryptography, fuzzy logic, bioinformatics,
    and genetic algorithms. Served as department chair from 1999 to 2001 and again from 2011 to the present.
  • East Central University, Oklahoma, 8/93 to 5/98. Assistant Professor of Mathematics. Taught a broad range of undergraduate mathematics courses. Eisenhower Teacher Institute, summers of 1994 and 1995. Instructor in program intended to help mathematics teachers to better teach critical thinking skills in problem-solving. Held at East Central University and funded through Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
  • University of Colorado, 8/86 to 12/92. With the exception of 1 semester was constantly either a teaching assistant, instructor or tutor in various undergraduate math courses or university tutoring programs.
  • Franciscan University, faculty representative to student math club, 8/02 to present.
  • Franciscan University, Faculty Standards Committee, 8/02 to present.
  • Franciscan University, Academic Standards Committee, 8/01 to 5/02.
  • Franciscan University, Chairman of Math and Computer Science Department, 8/99 to 8/01.
  • East Central University, Honors Board, 8/94 to 5/98. Faculty committee charged
    with overseeing undergraduate honors program.
  • University of Colorado Graduate Fellowship, 8/86 to 5/88.
  • Pi Mu Epsilon Award, Kent State University, 1986. Award to graduating math
    major with the highest GPA
Select Publications
  • “Separation in topological algebras,” Algebra Universalis, 35 (1996) 72-84.
  • “Topological equivalents to n-permutability,” Algebra Universalis, 38 (1997) 200-209.
  • “On weaker notions of scattered,” Questions and Answers in General Topology, 16 (1998) 11-15.

Full List

  • “Non-expansive algebras,” Algebra Universalis 55 (2006) 479 -494.
  • “Walter Taylor’s contributions to Universal Algebra,” Algebra Universalis 55 (2006) 113 – 117 . Coauthored with Jennifer Hyndman.
  • “Quasi-Cauchy Sequences,” The American Mathematical Monthly, 117 No. 4 (2010). Coauthored with David Burton.
  • “Genetic and pharmacological manipulations that alter metabolism suppress seizure-like activity in Drosophila.” Brain Res. 1496 (2013). Coauthored with B. Stone, L. Evans and D. Kuebler (who was the principal author).
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