Gavin Cross
Associate Professor of Mathematics

Education
B.A., B.S., Miami University
M.S. University of Missouri-Rolla
M.S., Ph.D. University of Iowa.

What classes are you currently teaching?
In the Spring I'll be teaching STA 100/110 as well as STA 325 Probability & statistics II, MTH 325 Differential Equations, and MTH 705 Special Topics: Actuarial Science.

What activities or campus organizations are you actively involved with?
Phi Beta Kappa. In the past I have be the advisor for various campus organizations (Mortar Board, Rock Climbing Club, ACLU,...) but currently my duties as chair of the Mathematical Sciences department have taken precedence.

What makes Coe stand out from other schools?
I believe the most unique thing about Coe is that it is a small liberal arts institution in a thriving metropolitan area. You have the benefit of a close college community where you can safely explore many educational and social opportunities but you also have the opportunity to explore the many facets of the Cedar Rapids community. The area offers the usual range of urban amenities which includes a thriving symphony and art museum. It also allows the student for a wide range of internship possibilities with companies such as AEGON, Rockwell and Cargill.

What is your favorite class to teach and why?
Usually my favorite is the one that I am currently updating. I have extensive web materials developed for most of my classes and there is always some new I can add. I believe my favorite class this spring will be STA 325 since I have added a lot of material over re-sampling. This is an exciting area in statistics that holds a lot of possibilities for further study.

What book are you currently reading?
Hopefully by the time anyone reads this I'll be reading one of the new books by Will Self (they are on my wish list, so we will see what Christmas holds). I recently finished his novel ‘The Book of Dave' which is a thought provoking read.

What advice would you give a prospective student?
If I was making a top ten list then probably at the top of the list would be ‘Find a place you feel comfortable'. I believe when choosing a college you should ask yourself "Can I see myself as part of this community?". There are many fine institutions out there but to take full advantage of the college experience the ‘fit' has to be right.