Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Mathematics

As associate provost for faculty affairs, Rick Gillman is closely involved with the shared governance system and is the provost’s representative on many of the Faculty Senate’s subcommittees. He participates in the interview process for faculty candidates, oversees the Cambridge Seminar and the orientation program for new faculty, counsels faculty on retirement options, and is responsible for updating the Faculty Handbook. He also oversees the staff who support faculty in professional development and instructional design in the Valparaiso Institute for Teaching and Learning (VITAL). As the director of sponsored and undergraduate research and the general education officer, he supervises staff assisting faculty in the areas of sponsored research, undergraduate research, the Valparaiso Core, the University Writing Program, and Experiential and Service Learning.

Gillman’s academic interests include quantitative literacy and mathematical modeling of phenomena that we see in the world around us, particularly graph theory and game theory. He is the author of three books and more than 20 refereed papers, and he has been principal investigator or co-author of more than $2.7 million in externally funded grants. He is an officer of the Mathematical Association of America and a member of the Association of American Colleges & Universities, the American Conference of Academic Deans, and the Council for Undergraduate Research, among others. Gillman is also an avid, but not particularly good, golfer. He enjoys reading and has just begun working through the complete collection of Louis L’Amour novels that he recently inherited.


B.S. – Ball State University
M.A. – Ball State University
D.A. – Idaho State