David T. Kung

SMCM - Professor of Mathematics (2000)

Ph.D., Wisconsin 2000

Office: Schaefer Hall, Room 175
Phone: x4433 (240-895-4433)
Email: dtkung@smcm.edu
Personal Website: www.davekung.com

Current Courses:

First Year Seminar - Mind-Bending Math: Paradoxes & Puzzles

Calc I

You can also dig into my Past Courses or my CV

My math interests include harmonic analysis, math education, and the Putnam Exam - 2013 marked the 14th straight year SMCM has fielded a team (we even throw a rally, and have a rivalry with Gettysburg College, the winner of which retains the Putnam Lamp. I run the MAA's professional development program for new math faculty, called Project NExT. I used to run SMCM's first NSF-funded REU, the ESP-REU, as well as an NSF-funded scholarship program for STEM students with financial need, the STEM Navigators program. When I was a "young mathematician", I was "Grand Poobah" of the Young Mathematicians' Network, a group which serves the community of up-and-coming mathematicians.

I love both math and music (I play the violin) - two topics you can hear all about in How Mathematics and Music Relate a 12-lecture DVD course from the Teaching Company. "Labor of Love" perfectly describes the process of doing putting this course together - both of those words are key.
(Have a question about Math & Music? Post it to the Teaching Co. forum for the course.)
My second lecture series for The Great Courses came out recently. The topic is Mind-Bending Math: Paradoxes & Puzzles, which is also the topic of my First Year Seminar. Since you've read so thoroughly, I'll give you the same challenge I give my students: Change your mind about something important. (You, however, probably don't have a deadline, a paper, and an oral presentation to go along with this challenge.)
Lately I have done a lot of work surrounding Math & Social Justice, including running a break-out session at several Project NExT meetings, which included both Powerpoint Slides and Sample Activities.

On a closely related topic, I gave a keynote talk about diversity at the 2015 IBL conference in Austin, Texas, which included a call to help diversify STEM fields in higher education.

Outside of math, I enjoy lots of different sports, including ultimate frisbee, running (I finally ran a 5k in under 20 minutes!), biking, and swimming (Alex taught me how to swim butterfly so well that I can beat him now!) Sometimes I combine sports and do triathlons. I love traveling around the world with my family - most recently for a semester in Hong Kong, volunteer for Obama, and used to have long hair. (Don't believe me? Watch a barber in Ouarzazate, Morocco cut off my pony tail.)