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Johnston, Bill

Professor - Mathematics & Actuarial Sciences
Mathematics & Actuarial Science


Jordan Hall - 270A

Academic/Professional/Personal Focus

Butler Assignment (classes or work duties)
Professor - Mathematics & Actuarial Sciences, & Department Chair


Ph.D. University of Virginia, 1988. B.S. Wake Forest University, 1982

Professional Credentials
Author of two books on mathematics: A Transition to Advanced Mathematics (Oxford University Press); and An Introduction to Statistical Inference (Mohican Press).

Outstanding Teacher of the Year 1991. Outstanding Faculty Member 1990. Phi Beta Kappa 1982.

Association Memberships (professional/educational)
American Mathematical Society. Mathematics Association of America.

Professional Experience
Has taught mathematics to undergraduates for more than 30 years. Has developed and implemented numbers of new courses into the undergraduate curriculum, including: Integration Theory (which teaches the Lebesgue Integral to undergraduates); Foundations of Mathematics (which teaches how to prove mathematical theorems, much like an art course might teach how to paint); and Decision Making (which shows how many different disciplines -- such as mathematics, economics, ethics, and English literature -- can influence the way people make decisions).