Mathematics Faculty

James Factor, Ph.D.

To me mathematics is understanding the relationships between things, which everyone naturally does in their daily lives.  Mathematics is not the rote manipulation of symbols. My math education research focuses on developing software tools with activities that allow students to experience mathematical meaning through direct interaction with visualized mathematical concepts. This educational focus is fundamental to the development of the software and activities which I am developing as PI for the TUES (Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM) NSF grant entitled Transforming Linear Algebra Education with GeoGebra Applets. I have over 20 years of teaching experience in in both Mathematics and Computer Science and over a decade in research and development in the aerospace industry. I have several publications and made many conference presentations in both pure and applied Mathematics.


Lois Kailhofer, Ph.D.

Lois received her undergraduate degree in math and physics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She received her Masters and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Her Ph.D. work was in dynamical systems. She currently teaches the math education courses for future elementary and middle school teachers. She also teaches geometry and algebra. She is currently interested in cognitive research related to teaching and learning.


Susan Pustejovsky, Ph.D.

Susan teaches calculus, applied mathematics, mathematical problem solving, and a variety of courses at every level. She works closely with future secondary mathematics teachers. Current research interests include visualization to expand mathematical thinking, and improving mathematics education at the college level. Susan has a Masters degree in German language and literature as well as a PhD in Mathematics from Marquette University. In 2016, she celebrates 25 years as an Alverno faculty member.