Matthew D. Zawodniak

Teaching Faculty, Mathematics
Coordinator, Graduate Program – Mathematics

BS, Union College; Ph.D., University of Georgia-Athens

Office: Hyde Hall 356
Phone: (603) 535-2937

Fall office hours:
Tuesday & Thursday 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Wednesday & Friday 10:00am – 11:00am
or by appointment

About Professor Zawodniak

Dr. Z received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Georgia in 2016. His research was in the broad field of Algebraic Topology (playing with Play-Doh in n-dimensional space) and the specific area of Rational Homotopy Theory, which studies how similar different mathematical constructs are. While pursuing his Ph.D., he discovered his love for teaching. Dr. Z tried to bring this love of mathematics to pre-calculus courses by hosting math murder mysteries, using twitter in the classroom, and trying to teach outside whenever possible. He also increased his pedagogical knowledge by becoming a member of the UGA future faculty program and pursuing the UGA Certificate of Mathematics Education. From these experiences, Dr. Z tries to combine pedagogy, innovative techniques, and his love of math to every class he teaches.

One of Dr. Z’s favorite courses to teach is Mathematics for Elementary Teachers. Elementary mathematics is both interesting and integral to the future mathematical success of young students. Dr. Z has designed and taught courses for in-service elementary teachers as well. His overall goal as a teacher is to improve K-16 mathematics education.

When Dr. Z isn’t teaching you might find him mountain biking, bowling, or playing video games.

Courses Taught

MA 1800  College Algebra
MA 2110  Mathematics for PreK – Grade 3 Educators
MA 2120  Mathematics for Grades 4 – 6 Educators
MA 2130  Precalculus
MA 2200  Finite Mathematics
MA 2210 Finite Mathematics with Business Statistics
MA 2400  Intro to Formal Mathematics
MA 2700  Logic, Proofs & Axiomatic Systems
MA 3120  Linear Algebra