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SALVATORE J PETRILLI

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTER SCIENCE

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Diplomas/Degrees

Ed.D., Mathematics Education, Columbia University (2009)
M.A., Mathematics, Hofstra University (2006)
B.S., Mathematics, Adelphi University (2005)

Recent Courses

Analysis
Discrete Structures
Introduction To Proof And Abstract Reasoning
Survey Of Statistics

Personal Statement

My decision to enter the academic world was motivated by a genuine desire to teach. My interest in the field of mathematics education was inspired by a high school mathematics teacher, Laurie Spector, who not only developed my mathematics skills but my confidence as well. I realize now that Laurie was the one who inspired my personal philosophy of education, "Teach with compassion and encouragement, in the process of developing independent critical thinking skills."

I believe my primary responsibility is to encourage the further development of students' critical thinking skills. I try to be aware of the diversity of learning styles and adapt my teaching methods accordingly. I believe in both the Aristotelian and Socratic/Constructivist methods, i.e., both the inductive and deductive methods. Using a variety of methods in the classroom, I am able to effectively teach the material, and challenge the students to think "outside the box."

I believe my roles are three in number: teacher, facilitator, and guide/mentor for students making academic and career choices. In my opinion, when a teacher assumes these roles, learning is a mutual endeavor - leading to fulfilling and successful achievement of goals.

Teaching Specializations/Interests

Calculus, Probability Theory, Statistics, Regression Theory, Linear Algebra, Abstract Algebra, History of Mathematics, Problem Solving, and the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics.

Supervision of student research projects in History of Mathematics and Mathematics Education.

Research Interests

History of Mathematics, Applied Statistical Analysis, and Mathematics Education (Elementary, Secondary, Collegiate, and Administrative).

Grants/Sponsored Research

Co-PI for the 2009-2014 NSF Noyce grant: $900,000 for the preparation of future secondary mathematics teachers.
PI Dr. Robert E. Bradley
Co-PI Drs. Dante Tawfeeq and Salvatore Petrilli.

Refereed Articles

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Storm, C., Petrilli, S., Petry, S. (2014), Promoting Active Studying in the Classroom: The Study Challenge. Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, 4.

Del Latto, A. J. & Petrilli, S. J. (2013), Robert Murphy: Mathematician and Physicist. Convergence, 10.

Petrilli, S. J. (2012), Servois' 1813 Perpetual Calendar, with an English Translation. Loci: Convergence, 9.

Del Latto, A. J. & Petrilli, S. J. (2012), Algebraic Formalism within the Works of Servois and its Influence on the Development of Linear Operator Theory. Loci: Convergence, 9.

Bradley, R. E. & Petrilli, S. J. (2010), Servois' 1814 Essay on a New Method of Exposition of the Principles of the Differential Calculus, with an English Translation. Loci: Convergence, 7.

Petrilli, S. J. (2010), Francois-Joseph Servois: Priest, Artillery Officer, and Professor of Mathematics. Loci: Convergence, 7.

Bradley, R. E. & Petrilli, S. J. (2010), Servois' 1814 Essay on the Principles of the Differential Calculus, with an English Translation. Loci: Convergence, 7.


Invited Presentation/Lecture

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Dr. Salvatore J. Petrilli, Jr (2013, August). Monsieur Francois-Joseph Servois: His Life and Mathematical Contributions. MathFest, Harford, CT.

Dr. Salvatore J. Petrilli, Jr. (2012, July). Euler's Infinitesimal Calculus: "Expressions that were a little hard to swallow". Euler Society Meeting 2012, Garden City, NY.

Dr. Salvatore J. Petrilli and Anthony Del Latto (2012, May). Servois' Contributions to Mathematics: His Algebra and Perpetual Calendar. Pohle Colloquium, Adelphi University, New York.

Dr. Salvatore J. Petrilli (2011, March). Monsieur Francois-Joseph Servois: His Life and Work on the Rigorization of Calculus. KME NY Rho: MathHead Colloquium -- Molloy College.

Dr. Salvatore J. Petrilli (2011, March). Problem Solving Through Discussion. Long Island Mathematics Conference (LIMACON), SUNY Old Westbury, Old Westbury, New York.

Dr. Salvatore J. Petrilli and Brianne Stillman (2010, November). Geometric Constructions using GeoGebra. Teachers Teaching with Technology Regional Conference, Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York.

Salvatore J. Petrilli (2009, February). Monsieur François – Joseph Servois: His Life and Work on Differential Calculus. The Frederick V. Pohle Colloquium on the History of Mathematics, Adelphi University Garden City, New York.

Salvatore J. Petrilli (2008, March). The History of Mathematics as a Supplement to the Curriculum. Long Island Mathematics Conference (LIMACON), SUNY Old Westbury, Old Westbury, New York.

Salvatore J. Petrilli (2007, November). Introduction to Computing with SPSS. Teachers Teaching with Technology Regional Conference, Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York.


Honors and Accomplishments

1) Academic Enrichment Program's Award of Excellence, presented by Dr. Drew Bogner, President of Molloy College (May 2003)

2) Research Release Time (2011-2012)

Professional Activities

Referee, Loci: Convergence
Referee, Far East Journal of Mathematical Education
Referee, PRIMUS