FACULTY

Professor of Mathematics; Chair, Department of Mathematics, Computer Science & Physics
Ph.D., Missouri University of Science and Technology
M.S., Missouri University of Science and Technology
B.S., University of Istanbul
Phone: 815-226-4135
Fax: 815-394-5166
E-mail: MDik@rockford.edu
Dr. Mehmet Dik, professor and chair of the mathematics, computer science, and physics 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.
Emeritus and Adjunct Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., University of Montana
M.S., Oregon State University
B.A., Western Washington State University
Phone: 815-397-813
Fax: 815-394-5166
E-mail: GCaton@rockford.edu
Professional Experience

Rockford University Mathematics Department; Rockford, Illinois
Mathematics Department Professor: 1979-2006 (Retired)
Computer Science Department Chair: 1981-1999, 2004-2005
Mathematics Department Chair: 1993-2005
Academic Dean, 2/92-7/93

University of Montana; Missoula, Montana
Teaching Assistant(Mathematics) 1972-1979

Northern Montana College; Havre, Montana
Assistant Professor(Mathematics) 1970-1972

Oregon State University; Corvallis, Oregon
Teaching Assistant(Mathematics 1962-1965; Statistics 1967-1970)

University of the Philippines; Laguna, Republic of Philippines
Visiting Instructor(Applied Mathematics, 1965-1967) ,Peace Corps

Current Professional Affiliations

Mathematical Association of America
American Mathematical Society
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Northern Illinois Association of Teachers of Mathematics
Illinois Section of the American Mathematical Society
Illinois Academy of Science
Phi Delta Kappa

Current Areas of Research and Interest

Computer Graphics
Chaotic Dynamical Systems
Fractals
University Teaching

Faculty/Administrative Duties within the Past 15 Years

Academic Dean, 1992-3
Curriculum Committee, 1991, 1998-2000
Retention, Tenure & Promotion Committee, 1989-91, 1994-6, 2003-2006
Graduate Studies Committee, 2003-2005
Strategic Planning; Chair of Academic Plan, 1992-3
Academic Standards Committee, 1997
Forum Series Committee, 2001-2003, 2005-2006
UDRWPS Exam Reader, 1993-5
General Education Assessment Task Force Chair, 1999-2000
Faculty Advisory Committee to State of Illinois Board of Higher
Education, 1997-2000

Grants/Awards within the Past 15 Years

Sears Award for Teaching Excellence, 1990
Sabbatical Leave, Spring 1995

Presentations

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF MATHEMATICS
The Computer and the Service Course

ILLINOIS COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF MATHEMATICS
Arrow Diagrams
A Machineless Mini-Computer
String Games
The Role of Hand Calculators in the Math Class

NORTHERN ILLINOIS ASSOCIATION OF TEACHERS OF MATHEMATICS
Sensitive Question Surveys
Ceva's Theorem

HUMAN RELATIONS CONFERENCE
Computer Literacy for the HR Manager

ROCKFORD RESEARCH GROUP
An Application of Nonlinear Systems of Partial Differential Equations In Pharmacokinteics

CHARTER CLUB (Rockford University)
An Introduction to Computers

Rockford Women's Club
Computers Today

OCTOBER DAY
Who is Hank?

AREA HIGH SCHOOLS
What is Calculus?
The Concept of Limit
The Concept of Area
Introduction to Circular Functions
Trigonometric Integrals
Areas in Polar Coordinates
Mathematical Puzzles, Curiosities and Tricks
Careers in Computer Science
Using Computers to Solve Equations
How to Ask Sensitive Questions Without Getting Punched in the Nose

Consulting

Rockford Memorial Hospital
Ingersoll Cutting Tool
Bloom Elementary School
East High School

Community Activity

Phi Delta Kappa
Recipient of Distinguished Service Key
President-Elect, President, Past-President
Vice-President of Programs-Elect, Vice-President of Programs
Professional Development Institute Coordinator

Northern Illinois Association of Teachers of Mathematics
Board of Directors

Christ Church Unity
Board of Directors, Treasurer, President

AYSO
Coach, Assistant Coach

Cub Scouts
Cub Master
Webelo Leader
Leadership Council

United Way
Rockford University Campaign Manager
Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., Missouri University of Science and Technology
M.S., Abant Izzet Baysal University
B.S., Middle East Technical University
Phone: 815-226-4124
E-mail: FDik@rockford.edu
Dr. Filiz Dik, 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, 2011/12, and 2015/16 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 (AMS), Sigma Xi Professional Society, Mathematical Association of America (MAA), and American Association of University Women (AAUW).  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, also on STEM Scholarship Committee of AAUW. She also volunteers for various activities at local schools like Brookview Elementary, Montessori Private Academy, Washington, Marshall, and Auburn Gifted Academies as well as Washington Park Community Center.

She has been living in Rockford, IL, with her husband Dr. Mehmet Dik and two daughters Melis and Selin.
Adjunct Professor of Mathematics
M.S., Northern Illinois University
B.A., Valparaiso University
Phone: 815-568-7096
Fax: 815-394-5166
E-mail: LJurisch@rockford.edu
Experience in teaching began with six years as a math teacher at Jefferson High School. Along with teaching a full range of courses, he developed a Life Skills Math course used to remediate incoming freshman. Eight years at Huntley High School teaching Chemistry, Physics as well as developing a lab based Science Survey course for freshman, an AP electronics course, an astronomy course, Conceptual Physics course, bio-tech and Fundamentals of Technology.

Concurrently, tutored math in the evenings at Rockford Learning Center for about 24 years.

Interests include gardening, woodworking, fish farming, attempting to keep abreast of broad range of scientific discoveries.
Adjunct Professor of Mathematics
M.S., Educational Administration, Northern Illinois University
B.S., Mathematics, Western Illinois University
Phone: 815-226-4056
Fax: 815-394-5166
E-mail: TWagner@rockford.edu

Department Information

Mathematics
Starr Science Building
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4135
Fax: 815-394-5166
Mehmet Dik, Ph.D.
MDik@rockford.edu