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Jessica Sorrells

Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mathematics

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About Me

I am an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Converse University in Spartanburg, SC. I live in Spartanburg and love to explore the Carolinas.

     I was a first-generation college student who just kept going. I was born and raised in beautiful southeastern Kentucky, in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains. I grew up surrounded by the Daniel Boone National Forest and Laurel Lake. 
     I received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. While at Transylvania I had the pleasure of also studying Philosophy and Computer Science, being a writing center consultant, and working in several summer camps for K-12 students from eastern Kentucky.  
    I enrolled in graduate school at the University of Iowa in order to further pursue my interest in mathematics, and in May 2015 I received my Ph.D.
     Math has opened many doors for me, but there are a number of other pursuits which have served my mind and body. Other academic interests of mine include philosophy, computer science, and math education.  My personal interests include reading, yoga, hiking, and cooking.

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My Skillset

Mathematics PhD and professor focused on student development and curricular innovation. Passionate about mentoring motivated students pursuing degrees and careers in mathematics, computer science, and related fields.



I'm an award-winning educator, having received two major excellence in teaching awards in the past 3 years. I have experience teaching over 20 different courses.


Since 2015 I've contributed to three different research projects and mentored four students as they completed independent research.


As chair of the mathematics and computer science department I have worked to execute a number of strategic initiatives for the college, including launch of a data science program.

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February 2021 - Present

Associate Professor of Mathematics, Converse University

August 2015 - February 2021

Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Converse University

January 2011 - May 2015

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Iowa

June-July 2013

Teaching Assistant, Summer Program for Women in Mathematics, George Washington University

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Ph.D., Mathematics

University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
Dissertation: "A Ring Theoretic Approach to Radicals of Extensions"

M.S., Mathematics

University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.

Graduate Certificate in College Teaching

University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.

B.A., Mathematics

Transylvania University, Lexington, KY.

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Together with a colleague I started a Girls Who Code club for 6th-12th grade students in Upstate South Carolina. We have weekly meetings during which the participants write code to create webpages, games, and more.

More information here.

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"The vast majority of us imagine ourselves as literature people or math people. But the truth is that the massive processor known as the human brain is neither a literature organ or a math organ. It is both and more."

John Green

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jessica dot sorrells at converse dot edu

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