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:

Foundations of Math

Measure Theory and Functional Analysis

You can also dig into my Past Courses or my Sample Calculus Exams

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.)