Ruth Vanderpool, Ph.D.


Specialty: Mathematics

Vanderpool, Ruth

Contact information

Dept: Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Room: GWP 430
Phone: 253-692-4310


  • Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Oregon, 2009.
  • M.S., Mathematics, University of Oregon, 2005.
  • B.S., Mathematics, Pacific Lutheran University, 2002.
  • B.A., Computer Science, Pacific Lutheran University, 2002.


I am an algebraic topologist by training but my research has become more pedagogically focused.

Most recently I have helped develop some of the distance learning curriculum and tracked students' perceptions about mathematics in an interdisciplinary course.

PS: Math is awesome.


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Classes I have taught:

  • Abstract Algebra: Introductory group theory course with a brief introduction to rings and fields.
  • Discrete Structures 1: Introductory discrete algebra for computer professionals.
  • Linear Algebra: Introductory proof-based course on vector and matrix algebra.
  • Calculus 1, 2, & 3:
    • Differential calculus and applications for math and science majors.
    • Integral calculus and applications for math and science majors.
    • Sequences, series, and multivariable calculus for science majors.
  • Calculus for Life Sciences 2: Integral calculus with an emphasis on applications to the mathematical models used in the life sciences.
  • Calculus and Its Practical Applications: Differential calculus with an emphasis on applications to mathematical models used in business & economics.
  • Introduction to Statistics: Survey of discrete probability, data analysis, sampling distributions, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing.

Selected Publications

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  • Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
  • American Mathematical Society (AMS)
  • Creative Educational Experiences in Tacoma, WA

Professional Service

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