University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

2003–2009

M.S. in Mathematics, June 2005.

Ph.D. in Mathematics, June 2009.

Ph.D. in Mathematics, June 2009.

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

1999–2003

A.B. in Mathematics, *summa cum laude*, June 2003.

Junior Phi Beta Kappa.

Junior Phi Beta Kappa.

The Ohio State University, Assistant Professor

2014–

Mathematics 2162.02: Accelerated Calculus II for Honors Engineers

Mathematics 5801: General Topology and Knot Theory

The Ohio State University, Program Manager

2013–2014

Mathematics 2568: Linear Algebra.

Calculus Two MOOC on Coursera (23k student enrollments).

Multivariable calculus MOOC on Coursera (11k student enrollments).

Calculus Two MOOC on Coursera (23k student enrollments).

Multivariable calculus MOOC on Coursera (11k student enrollments).

The Ohio State University, Lecturer

2012–2013

Calculus One MOOC on Coursera (87k student enrollments).

iTunesU Calculus One (ranked #1 in Summer 2013; 37k subscribers).

Mathematics 1151: Calculus I.

Mathematics 1161: Accelerated Calculus I.

Mathematics 1181: Honors Calculus I.

iTunesU Calculus One (ranked #1 in Summer 2013; 37k subscribers).

Mathematics 1151: Calculus I.

Mathematics 1161: Accelerated Calculus I.

Mathematics 1181: Honors Calculus I.

The Ohio State University, Ross Mathematics Program

Summer 2010–

Taught the number theory course; ran a number theory recitation for high school students; taught a piecewise-linear topology course for undergraduate and high school students.

The Ohio State University, Zassenhaus Assistant Professor

2009–2012

Mathematics 151: Calculus and Analytic Geometry I.

Mathematics 153: Calculus and Analytic Geometry III.

Mathematics 254 and 254.02: Calculus and Analytic Geometry IV.

Mathematics 660: Introductory Complex Analysis.

Mathematics 953: Topics in Topology

Mathematics 345: Foundations of Higher Mathematics

Mathematics 758: Algebraic Topology: Cohomology

Mathematics 765: Smooth Manifolds

Mathematics 153: Calculus and Analytic Geometry III.

Mathematics 254 and 254.02: Calculus and Analytic Geometry IV.

Mathematics 660: Introductory Complex Analysis.

Mathematics 953: Topics in Topology

Mathematics 345: Foundations of Higher Mathematics

Mathematics 758: Algebraic Topology: Cohomology

Mathematics 765: Smooth Manifolds

University of Chicago, Directed Reading Program, Mentor

2004–2009

Mentored undergraduate projects on automatic groups, geometric group theory, combinatorial game theory, piecewise-linear topology, knot theory, stochastic processes.

University of Chicago, Polk Brothers Program

2005–2009

Taught middle school students in small groups and whole-classroom settings; assisted Chicago public school teachers with pedagogy and their study of mathematics.

University of Chicago, Graduate Student Lecturer

2005–2006

2008–2009

2008–2009

Mathematics 131–133: Elementary Functions and Calculus.

Mathematics 153: Calculus.

Mathematics 204–205: Inquiry-based learning (Moore method); analysis in**R**^{n}.

Mathematics 153: Calculus.

Mathematics 204–205: Inquiry-based learning (Moore method); analysis in

University of Chicago, College Fellow

2004–2005

Mathematics 203–205: Analysis in **R**^{n}.

University of Chicago, Research Experience for Undergraduates, Mentor

Summer 2004

Summer 2006

Summer 2007

Summer 2006

Summer 2007

University of Chicago, Undergraduate Lie Theory Seminar

Fall 2006

Canada/USA Mathcamp, Mentor

Summer 2004

Summer 2005

Summer 2005

Taught and mentored high school students in topics including piecewise-linear topology, quaternions, knots and links, game theory, projective geometry, *p*-adic numbers.

University of Chicago, Warm Up Program, Lecturer

September 2005

Lectured in a mini-course reviewing point-set topology for incoming graduate students.

Harvard University, Course Assistant

2000–2003

Graded homework and ran weekly recitation sessions for multivariable calculus and linear algebra, representation theory, algebraic topology.

2015–2018

$248k for creating and curating linear algebra materials.

2013–2016

$180k for building online textbooks.

September 5, 2013

March 27, 2013

2003–2008

McCormick Fellowship, University of Chicago

2003–2005

Palfrey Exhibition, Harvard University

May 2003

Awarded to the most distinguished scholar in the senior class holding a stipendiary scholarship.

Wister Prize, Harvard University

May 2003

Awarded to the student with the highest record in mathematics.

Robert Fletcher Rogers Prize, Harvard University

May 2003

Awarded to the two students who gave the best talks at the undergraduate mathematics table.

Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

Fall 2000

Jim Fowler and Zhixu Su. Smooth manifolds with prescribed rational cohomology ring. *Geometriae Dedicata*, pages 1--18, 2016.

Michael W. Davis, Jim Fowler, and Jean-François Lafont. Aspherical manifolds that cannot be triangulated. *Algebr. Geom. Topol.*, 14(2):795--803, 2014.

J. Fowler. Finiteness properties for some rational Poincaré duality groups. *Illinois J. Math.*, 56(2), 2012.

J. Fowler and C. Ogle. Bounded homotopy theory and the *K*-theory of weighted complexes. *Proc. Steklov Inst. Math.*, 275(Classical and Contemporary Mathematics in honor of Boris Delone):210--226, 2011.

C. Adams, A. Colestock, J. Fowler, W. Gillam, and E. Katerman. Cusp size bounds from singular surfaces in hyperbolic 3-manifolds. *Trans. Amer. Math. Soc.*, 358(2):727--741 (electronic), 2006.

C. Adams, A. Colestock, J. Fowler, W. Gillam, and E. Katerman. Cleanliness of geodesics in hyperbolic 3-manifolds. *Pacific J. Math.*, 213(2):201--211, 2004.

Jeremy Brandman, James Fowler, Brian Lins, Ilya Spitkovsky, and Nahum Zobin. Convex hulls of Coxeter groups. In *Function spaces, interpolation theory and related topics (Lund, 2000)*, pages 213--240. de Gruyter, Berlin, 2002.

J. Fowler, A. Groot, D. Pandya, and B. Snapp. The no-three-in-line problem on a torus. *ArXiv 1203.6604*, March 2012.

James A. Fowler. *Poincare duality groups and homology manifolds*. ProQuest LLC, Ann Arbor, MI, 2009. Thesis (Ph.D.)--The University of Chicago.

Open and active calculus interventions at Ohio State

Gateway to Mathematical Sciences: Lectures on Instruction

Michigan State University

Michigan State University

February 23, 2016

Discussion of Active Learning in Calculus Courses

Ohio Mathematics Chairs/Leads Network Meeting

Ohio State University

Ohio State University

January 22, 2016

An Introduction to Ximera

Precalculus and Calculus Innovation Workshop

Northwestern University

Northwestern University

November 13–14, 2015

Ximera: Collaboratively Develop Interactive Online Content

Ohio MAA Section CONSACT Workshop

Capital University

Capital University

October 23–24, 2015

Use Ximera to collaborate on open and interactive texts

Unizin Innovation Summit

Grapevine, Texas

Grapevine, Texas

October 8–9 2015

Projective Planes

Minnesota State University, Mankato

October 2, 2015

What's in it for the Professor? A discussion on instructor impact.

Coursera Partners Conference

Newport Beach, California

Newport Beach, California

March 2015

High-dimensional unknotting, Part 1

Invitations to Mathematics

December 3, 2014

High-dimensional unknotting, Part 2

Invitations to Mathematics

December 8, 2014

Shor's algorithm

OSU Quantum Topology Group

November 18, 2014

Rational projective planes

IUPUI Modern Analysis and Geometry Seminar

Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana

November 11, 2014

Aspherical manifolds that cannot be triangulated

Midwest Topology Seminar

Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana

April 19, 2014

Reaching Online Learners: Being Smart Isn't Enough

SXSWedu

Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

March 3–6, 2014

Computing in topology and student learning

Job Talk

January 28, 2014

Turbocharging Our MOOCs with Mooculus

EDUCAUSE

Anaheim, California

Anaheim, California

October 15–18, 2013

Plenary lecture on Desargues' theorem

Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium

University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Illinois at Chicago

October 5, 2013

E-Learning and the MOOCS at OSU

OSURA

Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio

September 26, 2013

Hyperbolic knots and their volumes

OSU Quantum Topology Group

September 10, 2013

Numeric methods in topology

OSU Topology Seminar

November 13, 2012

Manifolds realizing rational homotopy types

AMS Special Session on Interactions Between Geometry and Topology

AMS Fall Central Sectional Meeting

AMS Fall Central Sectional Meeting

October 20–21, 2012

Rational projective planes

Spring Topology and Dynamics Conference

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México

March 22–24, 2012

Poincaré duality groups

Stratified Spaces: Joining Analysis, Topology and Geometry

Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach

Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach

December 11–17, 2011

Remarks on rational homology manifolds

Conference in Geometric Group Theory and related topics

The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University

May 30–June 3, 2011

Weighted algebraic topology

Geometrical methods in high-dimensional topology

The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University

May 16–21, 2011

Projective Planes

OSU Radical Pi

April 20, 2011

CAT(0) square complexes

OSU Math Circle

April 17, 2011

Spring Topology and Dynamics Conference

The University of Texas at Tyler

The University of Texas at Tyler

March 17–19, 2011

University of Michigan

March 31, 2011

OSU Topology Seminar

February 15, 2011

A first talk on surgery

OSU Topology Seminar

October 5, 2010

Rational Poincaré duality groups and controlled symmetric signature

Workshop in Geometric Topology

Colorado College

Colorado College

June 10–12, 2010

Rational Poincaré duality groups and controlled symmetric signature

Spring Topology and Dynamics Conference

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University

March 18–20, 2010

Rational Poincaré duality and controlled symmetric signature

University of Notre Dame

March 4, 2010

Rational Poincaré duality and controlled symmetric signature

OSU Topology Seminar

March 2, 2010

Dividing a square into triangles of equal-area

OSU Radical Pi

January 13, 2010

Rational Poincaré duality groups

OSU Topology Seminar

November 24, 2009

Rational Poincaré duality groups

Ferryfest

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

March 22–24, 2009

Lattices with torsion and rational homology manifolds

Topology of Stratified Spaces

Mathematical Sciences Research Institute

Mathematical Sciences Research Institute

September 8–12, 2008

Double suspensions of homology spheres

Farb and Friends Student Seminar

May 20, 2008

The α-approximation theorem

Farb and Friends Student Seminar

November 4, 2008

Quaternionic toric varieties

Farb and Friends Student Seminar

April 4, 2008

Hyperbolization of polyhedra

Farb and Friends Student Seminar

March 7, 2008

Classifying high-dimensional manifolds

Farb and Friends Student Seminar

October 12, 2007

Wall's finiteness obstruction

Algebraic Topology Proseminar

September 27, 2007

Introduction to Surgery

Algebraic Topology Proseminar

May 29, 2007

PL-unknotting of codimension ≥ 3 knots

Farb and Friends Student Seminar

May 11, 2007

Building Aspherical Manifolds via Davis' Construction

Farb and Friends Student Seminar

January 25, 2007

Approximating L^{2} invariants by finite-dimensional analogues

L^{2} Seminar

November 22, 2006

Algebraic topology and distributed computing

Applied algebraic topology seminar

November 2, 2006

The *h*-cobordism theorem

Shmuel's Student Seminar

March 7, 2005

Wall's finiteness obstruction

Algebraic Topology Proseminar

November 23, 2004

Pizza Seminar

November 16, 2004

Introduction to characteristic classes

Algebraic Topology Proseminar

October 19, 2004

Dissecting squares into equal-area triangles

Harvard Mathematics Table

October 15, 2002

Bounding the volume of hyperbolic 3-manifolds

Harvard Mathematics Table

October 23, 2001

Clean geodesic journeys through hyperbolic manifolds

MAA MathFest

Madison, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin

August 3, 2001

Functions growing faster than any computable function

Harvard Mathematics Table

December 12, 2000

Bowling Green State University

May 14–16, 2015

University of Chicago

September 19–20, 2015

University of Washington

June 19–21, 2013

University of Notre Dame

December 8–9, 2012

Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences

March 17–20, 2008

Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences

March 15–16, 2008

Banff International Research Station

July 29–August 3, 2007

American Institute of Mathematics

April 23–27, 2007

Vanderbilt University

April 14–15, 2007

Mathematical Sciences Research Institute

September 5–8, 2006

Centre de recherches math'ematiques

July 3–14, 2006

University of Hawaii, Manoa

March 20–22, 2006

Clay Mathematics Institute

June 20–July 15, 2005

Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences

March 13–16, 2005

Columbia University

March 15–20, 2005

University of Virginia

December 15–19, 2004

Spring Topology and Dynamics Conference, Geometric Topology special session organizer, Bowling Green

May 14–16, 2015

Ohio Mathematics Initiative, Subgroup 3: Communications Co-chair

2015–Present

Ohio Mathematics Initiative, Subgroup 3: Communications

2014–2015

The Ohio State University, Committee on Distance Education, Libraries, Information Technology

2014–Present

The Ohio State University, Distance Education Steering Committee

2014–Present

The Ohio State University, Innovate Conference Advisory Committee

Autumn 2014–Present

The Ohio State University, ODEE Impact Grant review committee

Autumn 2014

The Ohio State University, New Media in the Classroom

Autumn 2014

The Ohio State University, Intellectual Property, Patents, Copyright Senate Committee

2013–Present

The Ohio State University, Data Analysis Hiring Committee

2013

The Ohio State University, Special Year in Geometry and Topology, Proceedings Co-editor

2013–Present

The Ohio State University, STEAM Factory, Founding Director, Core Committee

2012–Present

The Ohio State University, eLearning Committee

2012–Present

Organized technology enhanced lectures and built mooculus.osu.edu.

Ohio Board of Regents, Ohio Textbook Affordability Summit, Faculty Panelist

September 27, 2013

National Science Foundation, INGenIOuS, Faculty Panelist

May 30, 2013

The Ohio State University, Innovate Conference, MOOC Panelist

March 26, 2013

The Ohio State University, University Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Faculty Panelist

February 20, 2013

The Ohio State University, Special Year in Geometry and Topology, Graduate Student Seminar Organizer

2010–2011

University of Chicago, Directed Reading Program, Committee Member

2006–2009

Paired undergraduates with graduate student mentors; organized undergraduate talks; designed database-driven website to monitor students' progress.

University of Chicago, Center for Teaching and Learning, Panelist

September 2007

September 2008

September 2008

Moderated a large-group discussion of teaching issues, including initial course design, midquarter course changes, assessment techniques, lecturing styles.