College of Natural and Computational Sciences

Tara Davis, Ph.D.

Experience

Assistant Professor of Mathematics. Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, HI  August 2011-present

Courses Taught

Math 3316, Problem Solving for Math Teaching, Hawaii Pacific University, Spring 2014

Math 3234, Mathematical Cryptology, Hawaii Pacific University, Spring 2014

Math 1130, Precalculus, Hawaii Pacific University, Spring 2014

Math 1130, Precalculus, Hawaii Pacific University, Fall 2013

Math 1106, Intermediate Algebra Lab, Hawaii Pacific University, Fall 2013

Math 3305, Linear Algebra, Hawaii Pacific University, Fall 2013

Math 4920, Math Education Practicum, Hawaii Pacific University, Fall 2012

Math 3500, Numerical Methods, Hawaii Pacific University, Summer 2012

Math 3330, Abstract Algebra, Hawaii Pacific University, Spring 2012

Math 1130, Pre-calculus I, Hawaii Pacific University, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012

Math 2214, Calculus I, Hawaii Pacific University, Fall 2011

Math3305, Linear Algebra I, Hawaii Pacific University, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012

Math 150A, Calculus I, Vanderbilt University, Spring 2009, Fall 2009

Math 150B, Calculus II, Vanderbilt University, Fall 2008

Algebra I, St. Andrews Priory School, Honolulu, HI, Summer 2003

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Education

Ph.D., Mathematics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, May 2011
Thesis Title: Subgroup Distortion in Metabelian and Free Nilpotent Groups
Supervisor: Alexander Olshanskii

M.A., Mathematics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, December 2009

Teaching Certificate, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, December 2009

M.Sc., Mathematics, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada, 2006
Thesis title: Computations in Galois Cohomology and Hecke Algebras
Supervisor: Romyar Sharifi

B.A., Mathematics, Minor, English, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, 2003

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Service

Referee, Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Teaching Hawaii Pacific University Spring 2014
Chair, CNCS Faculty Assembly Hawaii Pacific University Fall 2013-present
Member, University committee for WASC reaccreditation, Lead of Subcommittee 3 on Assessing Quantitative Reasoning Hawaii Pacific University Fall 2013-present
Organizer, Math + CS tea and seminar Hawaii Pacific University Spring 2013-present
Member, Math Department Curriculum Committee Hawaii Pacific University Fall 2012-Fall 2013
Volunteer, Kao'olawe Island Reserve Commission volunteer Kao'olawe Island Reserve December 2013
Referee, the Pentagon Pentagon November 2013
Member, General Education Advisory Group Hawaii Pacific University August 2012-May 2013
Chair, College of Natural and Computational Sciences Curriculum Committee Hawaii Pacific University August 2012-August 2014
Volunteer, Oahu Invasive Species Committee Lyon Arboretum September 8, 2012
Proposer, Cryptology Courses, joint with Tim Lu, proposed two new math courses Hawaii Pacific University August 2012
Member, Dean Search Liaison Committee Hawaii Pacific University June 2012-July 2012
Member, Mathematics Hiring Committee Hawaii Pacific University February 2012-May 2013
Adviser, Kappa Mu Epsilon Math Honor Society Hawaii Pacific University Fall 2011-present
Adviser, Math Club Hawaii Pacific University Fall 2011-present
Course Coordinator, Math 3305 and Math 3330 Hawaii Pacific University Fall 2011-present
American Women in Mathematics Mentor American Women in Mathematics March 2008-present
Volunteer Judge of Senior Portfolios Moanalua High School March 2012, 2013, 2014
Co-Organizer: Special Session in Asymptotic Group Theory, joint with Michael Hull, Erik Guenter, Mark Sapir AMS Fall Western Section Meeting March 2012
Facilitator, Center for the Advancement and Innovation in Teaching Workshop Student-Centered vs. Instructor-Centered Approaches to Teaching March 2012
Panelist, GradStep Program (virtual) Vanderbilt University January 2012
Volunteer, High School Preview Day Hawaii Pacific University January 2012
Volunteer, Hawaii College Career Fair Hawaii Pacific University November 2011, April 2013
Generated Referee Report International Journal of Algebra and Computation Fall 2011
Co-organizer of Undergraduate Student Mathematics Seminar Vanderbilt University Fall 2007-April 2011
High School Outreach Harpeth Hall High School Fall 2008-Spring2009

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Awards and Honors

Research Track Reduced Teaching Load Recipient, 2014-2016 AY

Faculty Development Grant to Present at the Joint Math Meetings in Baltimore, Fall 2013

Academy of Inquiry-Based Learning Small Grant Recipient, Spring 2013

Trustees Scholarly Endeavors Program Award Recipient, Spring 2013

Golden Apple Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching by a Full-time Faculty Member, Hawaii Pacific University Mathematics Department, March 2012

Trustees Scholarly Endeavors Program, Hawaii Pacific University Course Release Grant, Spring 2012, Fall 2012

Travel Grant to attend the UCSB MAA PREP workshop on Using Inquiry Based Learning in Second-Year Calculus and Courses for Prospective Teachers, National Science Foundation Funding furnished by the University of California at Santa Barbara, June 2012

Travel Grant to attend the G3: Geometric Group Theory on the Gulf Coast Conference, American Women in Mathematics Society, March 2012

Travel Award to attend G3 conference, National Science Foundation Funding furnished by the G3: Geometric Group Theory on the Gulf Coast conference, March 2012

B.F. Bryant Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Vanderbilt University Mathematics Department, April 2011

Travel Award to attend the Joint Mathematics Meetings, American Mathematics Society, January 2011

Graduate Fellowship, Vanderbilt University Mathematics Department, September 2006-present

Summer Research Award, Vanderbilt University College of Arts and Sciences, Summer 2010

Teaching as Research Fellowship, Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning, Fall 2008-Fall 2009

Graduate Fellowship, McMaster University Mathematics Department, September 2004-May 2006

Research

Student Centered vs. Instructor Centered Learning, joint work with Hung Lu, Fall 2011- present
Conducted education research in pre-calculus courses at Hawaii Pacific University.

The Effect of Journal Writing Upon Mathematical Learning, joint work with Anneliese Spaeth, Fall 2009

Passive vs. Active Approaches to Math Education, Fall and Spring 2008
Conducted education research in calculus courses at Vanderbilt University, supported by the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning’s Teaching as Research Fellowship Program.

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Publications

T.Davis. Using Inquiry-Based Learning to Teach Math. TEACH Magazine, July-August 2015 Issue, 11-12.

T. Davis, H. Lu. Student and Instructor-centered Approaches to Teaching Precalculus. PRIMUS. Vol. 25, Iss. 6, 2015.

J. Fang, C. Li, L. Zhang, T. Davis, C. Kato, D. Bartlett. Hydrogen Isotope Ratios of Fatty Acids as Evidence for the Co-Existing and Independently Operating Dual Biosynthetic Pathways in Piezophilic Bacteria. Chemical Geology, Volume 367, 34-38, February 2014

T. Davis, A. Olshanskii. Relative Subgroup Growth and Subgroup Distortion. Groups, Geometry and Dynamics Volume 9, Issue 1, 2015, 237-273.

T. Davis, A. Olshanskii. Subgroup Distortion in Wreath Products of Cyclic Groups. Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra, Volume 215, Issue 12, December 2011, 2987-3004.

T. Davis. Distortion in Free Nilpotent Groups. International Journal of Algebra and Computation, Volume 20, Issue 5, 2010, 661-669.

T. Davis. Length Functions for Semigroup Embeddings. Algebra and Discrete Math, Volume 9, Number 1, 2010, 1-15.

Presentations

Davis, T. (March 2014). To Infinity and Beyond. Science Pub Hawaii. Honolulu, HI.

Davis, T. (January 2014). Relative Growth and Distortion, AMS Session on Group Theory. Joint Mathematics Meetings. Baltimore, MD.

Davis, T. (October, 2013). Math=Beauty, CASual talk seminar series, Hawaii Pacific University.

Davis, T. (Fall 2013). Teaching using Inquiry-Based Learning, Faculty Scholarship Day, Hawaii Pacific University.

Davis, T. (January 2013). Relative Subgroup Growth and Subgroup Distortion, Special Session on Algorithmic Problems in Group Theory. Joint Math Meetings, San Diego, CA.

Davis, T. (January 2013). Student-Centered vs. Instructor-Centered Approaches to Teaching Mathematics, Contributed Paper Session on Communicating Mathematics, Joint Math Meetings, San Diego, CA.

Invited Talks

Faculty Scholarship Day, Subgroup Distortion and Relative Growth, Hawaii Pacific University, Kaneohe, HI, August 2012

Universal Algebra and Lattice Theory Seminar, Connections between Relative Growth and Subgroup Distortion, University of Hawaii at Manoa, April 2012

AMS Spring Western Section Meeting, Instructor-Centered vs. Student- Centered Learning, Special Session on Teacher Preparation, Honolulu, HI, March 2012

AMS Spring Western Section Meeting, Subgroup Distortion in Wreath Products of Cyclic Groups, Special Session on Asymptotic Group Theory, Honolulu, HI, March 2012

Faculty Scholarship Day, Instructor-Centered vs. Student – Centered Learning, Hawaii Pacific University, Kaneohe, HI, January 2012

AMS Spring Western Section Meeting, Subgroup Distortion in Wreath Products of Cyclic Groups, Special Session on Geometric Group Theory and Dynamics, Las Vegas, NV, April 2011

Hawaii Pacific University, An Introduction to Geometric Group Theory, Kaneohe, HI, April 2011

G3: Geometric Group Theory on the Gulf Coast, Subgroup Distortion in Wreath Products of Cyclic Group, Panama City Beach, FL, March 2011

Group Theory International Webinar, Subgroup Distortion in Wreath Products of Cyclic Groups, Stevens Institute of Technology, online, March 2011

Algebra Seminar, Subgroup Distortion in Wreath Products of Cyclic Groups, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, October 2010

Hypatian Seminar, An Introduction to Geometric Group Theory, University of California, Santa Barbara, October 2010

Workshop on Equations and First-order Properties in Groups, Subgroup Distortion in Wreath Products of Cyclic Groups, Centre de Recherches Mathe ́matiques, Montreal, QC, Canada, October 2010

Topology and Group Theory Seminar, Subgroup Distortion in Wreath Products of Cyclic Groups, Vanderbilt University, September 2010

G3: Geometric Group Theory on the Gulf Coast, Distortion in Free Nilpotent Groups and Length Functions for Semigroup Embeddings, Pensacola Beach, FL, March 2010

Effects of Journals in Math Education, Poster Session for Teaching as Research Fellows, Vanderbilt University, January 2010

Pi Mu Epsilon Lecture, Infinity, Chico State University, Chico, CA, April 2009

Isoperimetric Functions of and Distortion in Nilpotent Groups, Qualifying Examination, Vanderbilt University, February 2009

Passive vs. Active Approaches to Mathematics Instruction, Poster Session for Teaching as Research Fellows, Vanderbilt University, January 2009

Computations in Galois Cohomology and Hecke Algebras, McMaster University, September 2006

Conferences

Using Inquiry Based Learning in Second Year Calculus and Courses for Prospective Teachers, MAA PREP Workshop, University of California at Santa Barbara, June 2012

G3: Geometric Group Theory on the Gulf Coast, Pensacola Beach, FL, April 2012

AMS Fall Western Section Meeting, Special Session on Asymptotic Group Theory, Honolulu, HI, March 2012

AMS Fall Western Section Meeting, Special Session on Mathematical Teacher Preparation, Honolulu, HI, March 2012

AMS Spring Western Section Meeting, Special Session on Geometric Group Theory and Dynamics, Las Vegas, NV, April 2011

G3: Geometric Group Theory on the Gulf Coast, Panama City Beach, FL, March 2011

Joint Mathematics Meetings New Orleans, LA, January 2011

Workshop on Equations and First-order Properties in Groups, Centre de Recherches Mathe ́matiques, October 2010

G3: Geometric Group Theory on the Gulf Coast Conference, Pensacola Beach, FL, March 2010

Workshop on Groups and Embeddings, University of Hawaii at Manoa, March 2009

Content, Learning Theory and Lesson Design Workshop, Vanderbilt University, September 2008

Mathematics Education Forum, Fields Institute, Toronto, ON, Canada, Fall 2005

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