Victoria S Akin, Assistant Professor of the Practice
I am an Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Mathematics Department. I work primarily on teaching and math education. I am currently interested in the retention of women in STEM fields and the effect of intervention programs on girls' attitudes and beliefs about math. I am codirecting the Girls Exploring Math (GEM) program as part of this research effort. Additional interests include grading systems and their impact on student anxiety and satisfaction, as well as professional development programs and their effect on graduate student teaching.
My thesis work is in mapping class groups of orientable surfaces. In particular, can a subgroup of the mapping class group with a natural topological or geometric definition be characterized purely algebraically? Does the algebraic characterization reveal properties of the mapping class group? I am interested in characterizing the diskpushing subgroup, handlepushing subgroup, and braid group inside of their respective mapping class groups.  Contact Info:
Teaching (Spring 2021):
 MATH 111L.001, LABORATORY CALCULUS I
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 TBA, 
 MATH 111L.03L, LABORATORY CALCULUS I
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 Online ON, TuTh 12:00 PM01:15 PM
 MATH 111L.04L, LABORATORY CALCULUS I
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 Online ON, TuTh 01:45 PM03:00 PM
 EHD 396T.01, BASS CONNX EDUC & HUMAN DEV
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 Gross Hall 270, Th 03:30 PM04:45 PM
 EHD 796T.01, BASS CONNX EDUC & HUMAN DEV
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 Gross Hall 270, Th 03:30 PM04:45 PM
 Office Hours:
 111L: Spring 2021
TBA
EHD 396: Spring 2021 TBA
 Education:
Ph.D.  The University of Chicago  2017 
 Keywords:
Education and instruction in mathematics • Geometric group theory
 Recent Publications
 Akin, V, An algebraic characterization of the pointpushing subgroup,
Journal of Algebra, vol. 541
(January, 2020),
pp. 98125 [doi] [abs]
 Akin, V; Viel, S, Interpreting Student Evaluations of Teaching, edited by Maki, D; Bookman, J; Jacobson, M; Speer, N; Murphy, TJ
(2019)
 Akin, V; Johnson, C; Nasserasr, S, TP_k completions of partial matrices with one unspecified entry,
Electronic Journal of Linear Algebra, vol. 27 no. 1
(June, 2014), University of Wyoming Libraries [doi]
 Handel, A; Akin, V; Pilyugin, SS; Zarnitsyna, V; Antia, R, How sticky should a virus be? The impact of virus binding and release on transmission fitness using influenza as an example.,
Journal of the Royal Society, Interface, vol. 11 no. 92
(March, 2014),
pp. 20131083 [doi] [abs]
