Betty Mayfield

What brought you to Hood College?

I was looking for a job that valued good teaching, small classes and scholarship.

What do you value most about your relationship with graduate students?

Since the students in the Math Education program are also teachers, I know that we care about the same things.

What is the most rewarding aspect of teaching in the graduate school at Hood?

Knowing that the things I teach ultimately help not only the students in my classroom but also the students in their classrooms.

Describe your approach to teaching.

I try not to lecture very much; I like for students to experiment, investigate and discover things on their own. I also emphasize careful reading and writing.

What is/are your most memorable moment/s at Hood?

Going to concerts, plays, lectures, basketball games and all the events that are always taking place on campus.

Describe your academic interests, research, professional interests or expertise.

My early research was in numerical methods for solving partial differential equations— specifically those that model underwater acoustics. In my years at Hood I have also become interested in ways of teaching math that may be especially helpful for young women, and in the history of mathematics.

When you aren’t teaching, what are you doing in your spare time?

I love to spend time outdoors—working in the yard, walking in the park, going to the beach, sitting in the back yard reading a book.

What are three books that you would recommend everyone read?

“Pride and Prejudice,” “Journey through Genius” and “Saturday.”