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Dr. Bruce Kessler

Dr. Bruce Kessler
- Department Head, Professor


I developed a textbook for the Gatton Academy MATH 117 Trigonometry courses that has been used by several faculty teaching those courses.  The text is freely available, along with all related files used in the book, at the Selected Works page for the book.

Recent courses taught:

  • MATH 117 Trigonometry
  • MATH 237 Multivariable Calculus
  • MATH 310 Discrete Math
  • MATH 450 Complex Variables


My research, which started in wavelets, has taken in the direction of mathematical modeling.  Preprints of my work in mathematical modeling with Claire Rinehart and Sigrid Jacobshagen (WKU Biology faculty) are available from my Selected Works page.  My work with Philip Womble and Alex Barzilov (WKU Physics faculty) has led to some publications (pre-prints at the same page), and a US patent.  I have an accepted paper with current WKU undergraduate Andrew Davis, where we adapted the Leslie matrix method of modeling populations to a density-dependent Leslie matrix model of logistic populations with the flexibility to choose the steady-state distribution.

I also have an interest in mathematics education and curriculum development.  Back in Spring 2006, I wrote and hosted a TV program on internal WKU cable, called Math Matters:  Why Do I Need to Know This?  Those programs are still available online at the Math Matters site.  More recently, I have developed a series of seven comic books that have math content appropriate for 4th-6th graders woven into the storyline, called Operation Comics.  Hard copies of the comics are available at www.operationcomics.com, and electronic copies are available at www.bn.com.

All of this work has been supported by grants, which are listed in my vita on my Selected Works page.


I am in my 26th year as a faculty member here at WKU, and my fifth as the Department Head of Mathematics.  In my free time, I am a member of the band Mt. Victor Revue, where I play guitar and provide vocals, alongside Ernie Small, Chris Durbin, and Eddie Mills, Joel Whittinghill, and Bob Zoellner.

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