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 (Fall 2021):
 MATH 230.01, PROBABILITY
Synopsis
 LSRC A247, TuTh 01:45 PM03:00 PM
 (also crosslisted as STA 230.01)
 MATH 230.03, PROBABILITY
Synopsis
 Gray 228, TuTh 05:15 PM06:30 PM
 (also crosslisted as STA 230.03)
 EHD 395T.01, BASS CONNX EDUC & HUMAN DEV
Synopsis
 Gross Hall 230C, Th 03:30 PM04:45 PM
 MATH 730.01, PROBABILITY
Synopsis
 LSRC A247, TuTh 01:45 PM03:00 PM
 MATH 730.03, PROBABILITY
Synopsis
 Gray 228, TuTh 05:15 PM06:30 PM
 EHD 795T.01, BASS CONNX EDUC & HUMAN DEV
Synopsis
 Gross Hall 230C, 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]
 Recent Grant Support
 Duke Girls Exploring Math (DukeGEM), Mathematical Association of America, 2021/012022/05.
