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Caton, Gerald

Gerald Caton Ph.D.

Emeritus and Adjunct Professor of Mathematics
GCaton@rockford.edu
Phone: 815-397-813
Fax: 815-394-5166


Department

Mathematics

Education

Ph.D., University of Montana
M.S., Oregon State University
B.A., Western Washington State University

About/Bio:

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

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