Joel Louwsma

My curriculum vitae is also available as a pdf file.

Education

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California
Ph.D. in Mathematics, June 2011

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
B.S. with Highest Honors in Mathematics, April 2005

Employment

Niagara University, Lewiston, New York
Assistant Professor, August 2015-present

Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts
Visiting Assistant Professor, July 2014-June 2015

The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
Visiting Assistant Professor (Postdoc), August 2011-May 2014

Research Interests

Geometric group theory

Low-dimensional topology

A more detailed description is available on my research page.

Publications

Digital fixed points, approximate fixed points, and universal functions, with Laurence Boxer, Ozgur Ege, Ismet Karaca, and Jonathan Lopez, Appl. Gen. Topol. 17 (2016), 159-172.

Stable commutator length in Baumslag-Solitar groups and quasimorphisms for tree actions, with Matt Clay and Max Forester, Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 368 (2016) no. 7, 4751-4785.

Immersed surfaces in the modular orbifold, with Danny Calegari, Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 139 (2011) no. 7, 2295-2308.

Grants

Research Support Grant
Niagara University, 2016-2017

College Committee on Teaching and Learning Grant
Niagara University, 2016-2017

Fund for the Improvement of Teaching Award
Niagara University, 2016-2017

Summer Research Award
Niagara University, 2016

Invited Hour-long Research Talks

State University of New York at Buffalo, Amherst, New York
Geometry and Topology Seminar, October 2, 2015

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts
Geometry and Topology Seminar, February 6, 2015

Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
Topology Seminar, October 14, 2014

Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
Geometry and Topology Seminar, September 2, 2014

Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Topology and Geometric Group Theory Seminar, November 12, 2013

Fall Redbud Topology Conference
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, November 19, 2011

The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Infinite Groups Seminar, August 1, 2011

Workshop on Geometric Group Theory
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, July 8, 2011

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Geometric Group Theory Seminar, April 21, 2011

Centre Interuniversitaire de Recherches en Géométrie et Topologie, Montréal, Canada
Geometry and Topology Seminar, November 5, 2010

Claremont Colleges, Claremont, California
Claremont Topology Seminar, March 30, 2010

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Geometry and Topology Seminar, March 8, 2010

Invited Short Research Talks

AMS Fall Eastern Sectional Meeting
Special Session on Geometric Group Theory, September 24, 2016
Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine

50th Spring Topology and Dynamics Conference
Special Session on Geometric Topology, March 10, 2016
Baylor University, Waco, Texas

AMS Spring Southeastern Sectional Meeting
Special Session on Number Theory and Topology, March 23, 2014
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Knoxville, Tennessee

48th Spring Topology and Dynamics Conference
Special Session on Geometric Group Theory, March 15, 2014
University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia

Joint Mathematics Meetings
AMS Special Session on Geometric Group Theory, January 16, 2014
Baltimore, Maryland

AMS Spring Central Sectional Meeting
Special Session on Geometric Topology and Group Theory, April 1, 2012
University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

AMS Spring Western Sectional Meeting
Special Session on Asymptotic Group Theory, March 4, 2012
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii

The Triennial Ahlfors-Bers Colloquium
Dynamics Workshop, March 24, 2011
Rice University, Houston, Texas

45th Spring Topology and Dynamics Conference
Special Session on Geometric Group Theory, March 18, 2011
Special Session on Geometric Topology, March 18, 2011
The University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, Texas

Joint Mathematics Meetings
AMS Special Session on Geometric Group Theory, January 6, 2011
New Orleans, Louisiana

Workshop on Geometric Group Theory
Goa University, Goa, India, August 9, 2010

Teaching Talks

Joint Mathematics Meetings
MAA General Contributed Paper Session on Research in Teaching or Learning Calculus
San Antonio, Texas, January 12, 2015

Joint Mathematics Meetings
MAA Session on Assessing Student Learning: Alternative Approaches
Baltimore, Maryland, January 15, 2014

Teaching Experience

Primary Instructor, Niagara University, 2015-present

Primary Instructor, Smith College, 2014-2015

Primary Instructor, The University of Oklahoma, 2011-2014

Teaching Awards

Apostol Award for Excellence in Teaching in Mathematics
California Institute of Technology, May 2010

Mentoring

Supervised semester-long research project by Jasmine VanExel
Smith College, Spring 2015

Professional Development

Faculty Mentorship Program
Niagara University, November 2016-present

16th Annual CCTL Conference on Teaching and Learning
Niagara University, Lewiston, New York, January 10-11, 2017

TIMES Summer Workshop
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, June 22-24, 2016

Seaway NExT Workshop
State University of New York at Geneseo, Geneseo, New York, April 15, 2016

15th Annual CCTL Conference on Teaching and Learning
Niagara University, Lewiston, New York, January 11-12, 2016

Workshop on Inquiry-Based Learning in Calculus
St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York, November 6, 2015

PCMI Workshop for Mentors of Undergraduate Mathematics Research by Minority Students
Zermatt Resort, Utah, July 6-10, 2015

17th Annual Legacy of R.L. Moore Conference
Denver, Colorado, June 19-21, 2014

Teaching Scholar's Initiative, Fall 2011, Fall 2013
A teaching colloqium at the University of Oklahoma aimed at improving student learning.

MAA PREP Workshop on Inquiry-Based Learning
California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, California, June 24-27, 2013

16th Annual Legacy of R.L. Moore Conference
The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, June 13-15, 2013

Project NExT, 2012-2013
A program of the Mathematical Association of America for new or recent Ph.D.s in the mathematical sciences who are interested in improving the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics. It addresses the full range of faculty responsibilities in teaching, research, and service.

Faculty Learning Community, Spring 2013
A group of faculty at the University of Oklahoma who read and discussed the book How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching.

New Faculty Seminar, Fall 2011
A 12-week seminar for new faculty at the University of Oklahoma

Extended Visits

Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley, California, Fall 2016
(part of program on Geometric Group Theory)

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, Spring 2011
(part of Special Year in Topology and Geometric Group Theory)

Centre de Recherches Mathématiques, Montréal, Canada, Fall 2010
(program on Geometric, Combinatorial and Computational Group Theory)

Organization

Special Session on Geometric Group Theory, Co-organizer
AMS Fall Eastern Sectional Meeting
State University of New York at Buffalo, Amherst, New York, September 16-17, 2017 (upcoming)

Redbud Topology Conference, Co-organizer
The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, April 11-13, 2014

Geometry and Topology Seminar, Organizer
The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, Fall 2012-Spring 2014

How to make peer learning and small groups work in class, Co-organizer
Panel discussion at Project NExT Workshop, July 31, 2013

Fall Redbud Topology Conference, Co-organizer
The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, November 3, 2012

Special Session on Geometric Group Theory and Dynamics, Co-organizer
AMS Spring Western Sectional Meeting
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 30-May 1, 2011

Conferences Attended

See the list on my travel page.

Service

Referee for the Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society

Interviewer at Scholarship Invitational
Niagara University, January 2017

Took a group of students to the Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference
Smith College, April 2015

Volunteered to help with the logistics of Women in Mathematics in New England
Smith College, September 2014

Led preparatory sessions for the topology qualifying exam
The University of Oklahoma, July 2013, May 2014

Volunteered to help with Math Day for local high school students
The University of Oklahoma, November 2011, November 2013

Judge for the Undergraduate Poster Session
Joint Mathematics Meetings, January 2013

Committee to determine mathematics placement of incoming undergraduates
California Institute of Technology, 2009

Coordinated TA training for incoming math graduate students in conjunction with the Caltech Project for Effective Teaching, Fall 2008

Memberships

American Mathematical Society

Mathematical Association of America

Citizenship

USA