Mathematics Department Faculty
Chair, Mathematics Department
B.S., Mathematics, University of Istanbul
M.S., Mathematics, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Ph.D., Missouri University of Science and TechnologyOffice:
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Dr. Mehmet Dik, assistant professor and chair of the mathematics department, joined the Rockford University mathematics department in the fall of 2003 after working for Hendrix College, Conway, Ark., as a visiting assistant professor of Mathematics for one year. In June 1993, he received his B.S. degree with the highest rank in mathematics from the University of Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey. While he was a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Istanbul in 1994, he won a six-year-scholarship from the Ministry of National Education of Turkey to get M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the USA. He received his M.S. degree (1997) and Ph.D. degree (2002) in mathematics from the University of Missouri – Rolla, Miss., USA.
Mehmet’s passion is teaching mathematics and doing research. His current areas of research and interest are summability theory, subsequential Tauberian theory, Taubeian theorems, undergraduate research, and university teaching.
Mehmet Dik is a member of the American Mathematical Society, the Turkish Mathematical Society, and the Mathematical Association of America. He was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Northern Illinois Association of Teachers of Mathematics. At Rockford University, Dr. Dik teaches Algebra Skills I, Algebra Skills II, Functions and Graphs, Trigonometry, Calculus I, Calculus II, Advanced Calculus I, Beginning Statistics, Elements of Statistics, Mathematical Analysis for Management (for MBA students), Differential Equations, Introduction to Complex Analysis, Introduction to Linear Algebra, and Abstract Algebra.
Associate Professor of Mathematics
B.S., Mathematics, Middle East Technical University
M.S., Mathematics, Abant Izzet Baysal University
Ph.D., Mathematics, Missouri University of Science and Technology
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Dr. Filiz Dik, Associate Professor of the Mathematics Department, joined Rockford University in 2006 after working for Edgewood College, Madison, WI, as a tenure-track assistant professor of Mathematics for two years (2004-2006). Before that, she has worked for Rockford University as an adjunct instructor for one 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, Turkey (1994). From 1994 to 1997, she has worked as a research and teaching assistant at Abant Izzet Baysal University, in Turkey, and received her M.S. degree from the same university (1996). In fall of 1997 she started her Ph.D. studies in Missouri University of Science & Technology, formerly known as University of Missouri-Rolla (UMR), under the guidance of Prof. C.V. Stanojevic. From 1998-2002 she has worked as a teaching assistant at UMR, and has also been awarded a two-year scholarship from International Peace Scholarship (IPS) from 1998-2000. She received her Ph.D. degree in mathematics from UMR in 2002.
At Rockford University, Filiz teaches Trigonometry, 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 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 been nominated for Excellence of Teaching Award in 2009-10 academic year.
With the collaboration of several mathematicians, Dr. Filiz Dik has published six 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 currently serves at Assessment Academy Team of Higher Learning Commission and is also the chair of Committee on Academic Assessment and Planning at Rockford University. In the community, she has been serving as the Evaluator of NIMS (Northwestern Illinois Mathematics and Science Partnership) Project since May 2010.
A message from the Chair…
Thank you for visiting the Rockford University mathematics department. Welcome!
The mathematics department 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 department'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
Assistant Professor and Chair of Mathematics Department