A Message from the Chair…
Thank you for visiting the Rockford University Mathematics Program. Welcome!
The Mathematics Program offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science programs that reveal mathematics as one of the humanities - a creation of the human mind. We also offer a minor. We emphasize the value of the broad studies to acquire the B.A. degree, and we urge all mathematics majors to develop foreign-language skills.
The Program's goal is to provide the best in mathematical training blended with a strong liberal arts education. You'll find that we prepare you not just for the first few years out of university, but for the rest of your life. Although mathematics has been studied for over 5000 years, the discipline has more relevance to society than ever before. Since mathematics is a creation of the mind, the study of mathematics is a study of how to use one's mind: to see patterns and relationships, to see how concepts come together to form new concepts, to develop one's sense of creativity, to become a problem solver in the broadest sense of the word.
A mathematics major at Rockford University crosses over the threshold from the "mechanical" nature of high school mathematics into the theoretical nature that characterizes advanced mathematics. Our math majors are introduced to the incredibly diverse universe on mathematics that lies beyond the door of calculus. They learn to think creatively using inductive logic and to think carefully and systematically using deductive logic. Using their minds, enhanced at times by technology, they become problem solvers.
The mathematics faculty is dedicated to student success in the mathematics classroom. All students have access to the mathematics faculty during their numerous office hours, as well as by special appointment, and have access to upperclassmen in the Math Lab. Because the class sizes for majors are small (3 to 12), students also learn the art of communication through problem sets, papers and presentations.
As you can see, there are many reasons to choose Rockford University. Please enjoy the rest of our Web site. Then, give us a call.
Dr. Mehmet Dik
Professor and Chair of Mathematics, Computer Science, & Physics Department
Mehmet Dik, Ph. D.
Professor and Chair Department of Mathematics, Computer Science & Physics
B.S., Mathematics, Istanbul University
M.S., Applied Mathematics, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Ph.D., Mathematics, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Mehmet Dik joined Rockford University in 2003 after working for Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas, as a visiting assistant professor of mathematics for a year. He received a B.S. degree from Istanbul University, Turkey. While he was a graduate teaching assistant at Istanbul University, he won a six-year-scholarship from the Ministry of National Education of Turkey to get M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the U.S.A. He received his M.S. degree and Ph.D. degree in mathematics from Missouri University Science and Technology, formerly known as University of Missouri – Rolla.
Mehmet’s passion is teaching mathematics and doing research. His current areas of research and interest are summability theory, Tauberian theory, mathematics education, and undergraduate research.
He is a member of American Mathematical Society, Turkish Mathematical Society, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society and Mathematical Association of America.
At Rockford University, Dr. Dik teaches Algebra Skills I, Algebra Skills II, Functions and Graphs, Trigonometry, Calculus I-III, Advanced Calculus I-II, Beginning Statistics, Elements of Statistics, Mathematical Analysis for Management (for MBA students), Differential Equations, Introduction to Complex Analysis, Introduction to Linear Algebra, Abstract Algebra, Independent Studies and Tutorials, and Senior Seminar.
B.S., Mathematics, Middle East Technical University
M.S., Mathematics, Abant Izzet Baysal University
Ph.D., Mathematics, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Dr. Filiz Dik, Associate Professor of Mathematics, joined Rockford University (formerly Rockford College) in 2006 after working for Edgewood College, Madison, WI, as a tenure-track assistant professor of Mathematics for two years (2004-2006) and working for RU as an adjunct instructor for a year (2003-2004).
After completing her primary and secondary education in her home town Bolu, Turkey, she received her B.S. degree from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara. She worked as a research and teaching assistant at Abant Izzet Baysal University and received her M.S. degree from the same university. Later, she started her Ph.D. studies at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri-S&T), formerly known as University of Missouri-Rolla (UMR) under the guidance of Prof. C.V. Stanojevic. During her Ph.D. studies, she worked as a teaching assistant and was also awarded a two-year scholarship from International Peace Scholarship. She received her Ph.D. degree in mathematics from UMR in 2002.
At Rockford University, Filiz teaches Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus III, Beginning Statistics, Elements of Statistics, Nature of Mathematics I and II for elementary school teachers, Theory of Numbers, Higher Geometry, Probability Models, Numerical Analysis, Problem Solving Seminar, and Mathematical Analysis for Management (for MBA students) using Geometer’s Sketchpad, online course management systems MyMathLab and Web Assign. She enjoys teaching mathematics to both traditional and non-traditional students and working with them on student-faculty research projects. She has supervised many student-faculty summer research projects since 2009. She was nominated for the U.S. Professors of the Year Award by RU in 2013. She was also nominated for Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009/10 and 2011/12 academic years, as well as the Last Lecture Award in 2012/13.
Dr. Filiz Dik has published a number of research papers at peer-reviewed international mathematics journals. She is a member of American Mathematical Society, Sigma Xi Professional Society, and Mathematical Association of America. She served on Assessment Academy Team of Higher Learning Commission (AAT), the Advisory Committee on Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion (RTP) and the Committee on Academic Assessment and Planning (CAAP) at Rockford University. She chaired CAAP in 2010/11 academic year and RTP in 2013/14. In the community, she served as the Evaluator of NIMS (Northwestern Illinois Mathematics and Science Partnership) Project from 2010-2012. Currently, she serves as a Director 13+ on Northern Illinois Association of Teachers of Mathematics (NIATM) Board. She also volunteers for various activities at Turkish American Society of Rockford (TASR) as well as at local schools like Brookview Elementary, Montessori Private Academy, Washington and Marshall Gifted Academy.
She has been living in Rockford, IL, with her husband Dr. Mehmet Dik and two daughters Melis and Selin.
Gerald Caton, Ph. D.Emeritus and Adjunct Professor of Mathematics
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