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Victoria S Akin, Assistant Professor of the Practice

Victoria S Akin

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 co-directing 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.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  
Office Phone:  (919) 660-2869
Email Address: send me a message
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Teaching (Fall 2022):

  • MATH 230.01, PROBABILITY Synopsis
    Gray 228, TuTh 01:45 PM-03:00 PM
    (also cross-listed as STA 230.01)
  • MATH 230.02, PROBABILITY Synopsis
    Physics 130, TuTh 05:15 PM-06:30 PM
    (also cross-listed as STA 230.02)
  • EHD 395T.01, BASS CONNX EDUC & HUMAN DEV Synopsis
    Gross Hall 270, Tu 03:30 PM-04:45 PM
  • MATH 730.01, PROBABILITY Synopsis
    Gray 228, TuTh 01:45 PM-03:00 PM
  • MATH 730.02, PROBABILITY Synopsis
    Physics 130, TuTh 05:15 PM-06:30 PM
Office Hours:

Office: Physics 125

Math/Stat 230: Spring 2022

EHD 396: Spring 2022
By appointment

Ph.D.The University of Chicago2017

Education and instruction in mathematics • Geometric group theory • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Recent Publications

  1. Akin, V; Viel, S, Interpreting Student Evaluations of Teaching, edited by Maki, D; Bookman, J; Jacobson, M; Speer, N; Murphy, TJ (2019)
  2. Akin, VS, An algebraic characterization of the point-pushing subgroup, vol. 541 (June, 2017), pp. 98-125 [doi]  [abs]
  3. 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]
  4. 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 (January, 2014), University of Wyoming Libraries [doi]
Recent Grant Support

  • Achieving Critical Transformations in Undergraduate Programs in Mathematics (ACT UP MATH), University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 2022/07-2025/05.      
  • Duke Girls Exploring Math (DukeGEM), Mathematical Association of America, 2021/01-2022/07. 
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Mathematics Department
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