Tom Stiadle

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Chair, Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Director of the Math Clinic

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Tom Stiadle

"While not every problem has a solution, when students can solve a math problem, there's usually a certainty about it that isn't always there in other disciplines. That makes math attractive – there are right answers. A real sense of accomplishment comes with an understanding, investigating, and then solving a difficult problem. Regardless of their majors, I advise students to keep math courses as far as they can go. Math is useful in most jobs. Those who can do it have an advantage over those who can't."

Professor Stiadle likes all branches of mathematics, and at a small college, he gets to teach most of them at one time or another. He feels he has a tendency to phrase math in geometric or algebraic terms, although even the algebra comes with a more geometric flavor. His research interests in group actions (sets of symmetries) and algebraic K-theory (which has application to the topology of manifolds) reflect this. At Wells, he appreciates the small class size since it allows for more individualized instruction. Moreover, it gives him an opportunity to get to know students better outside of class. Likewise, he has much more frequent interaction and collaboration with colleagues across the College than he would at larger institutions.


1988 B.A. Case Western Reserve
1988 B.S. Case Western Reserve
1996 Ph.D. Cornell University

Courses Taught

  • Calculus I, II, & III
  • Tutorial in Trigonometry
  • Ordinary Differential Equations and Applications
  • Operations Research
  • Real Analysis
  • Abstract Algebra
  • First-Year Experience: Approaches to the Liberal Arts
  • First-Year Experience: The First-Year Seminar