Advising & Academic Support
My friends and I attended my professor’s office hours so regularly that we started calling it our weekly math party.Cecilia LaCroix ’16
Students in Valpo mathematics and statistics courses have rich resources to enhance academic success. Valpo mathematics and statistics professors maintain open office hours and a friendly department atmosphere that encourages students to engage professors in conversation and to seek their help and guidance. A strong advising program helps students identify their strengths and interests.
Student advisors are arranged by cohort, so that the student-advisor relationship can be maintained throughout the course of study. For academic year 2021-22, advisors are assigned as follows:
- FRESHMAN and SOPHOMORE Mathematics Majors: Paul Drube
- JUNIOR Mathematics Majors: Melissa Desjarlais
- SENIOR Mathematics Majors: Ken Luther
- FRESHMAN and SOPHOMORE Statistics Majors and Data Science Majors: Hugh Gong
- JUNIOR and SENIOR Statistics Majors and Data Science Majors: Tiffany Kolba
- All Actuarial Science Majors: Patrick Sullivan
- All Analytics and Modeling (M.S.) Students: Tiffany Kolba
While the university does not officially track advisors for minor programs, students seeking a minor to go along with their major are encouraged to reach out for information as follows:
- Minor in Mathematics with major in the College of Engineering: Daniel Maxin
- Minor in Mathematics with major in Meteorology: Ken Luther
- Minor in Mathematics with any other major not listed above: Alex Capaldi
- Minor in Actuarial Science: Patrick Sullivan
- Minor in Applied Statistics: Tiffany Kolba
- Minor in Data Science: Tiffany Kolba
The department offers weekly help sessions to students in most 100-level and 200-level mathematics and statistics courses. More information about these sessions is available at the MST Tutoring and Outreach page.
In addition, tutoring in engineering-related math classes such as Math 131: Calculus I, Math 132: Calculus II, and Math 253: Calculus III is available by walk-in or appointment in the Hesse Learning Resource Center in Gellersen 121.
Students in need of further support may request individual or small group peer tutoring through the Academic Success Center.