Thomas A. Richmond

University Distinguished Professor

Department of Mathematics
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd #11078
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1078
FAX: 270-745-3699


Ph.D. 1986 Washington State University
M.A. 1983 Duke University
B.S. 1981 Delta State University


2016-present, University Distinguished Professor, Western Kentucky University
1996-present Professor, Western Kentucky University
1999-2000 Visiting Scholar, Technische Universitaet Darmstadt (Darmstadt,Germany)
1991-1996 Associate Professor, Western Kentucky University
1986-1991 Assistant Professor, Western Kentucky University


2014 Kentucky Section, Mathematical Association of America Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching
2009-2010 Award for Advising, WKU Ogden College of Science and Engineering
2007-2009 Chair, Kentucky Section, Mathematical Association of America preceded by a 2-year term as Chair-Elect.

WKU Committees:

University Honors Development Board
College Internationalization Committee
Mathematics Undergraduate Studies Committee

Courses Taught:
Math 100 Intermediate Algebra
Math 109 General Mathematics
Math 116 Fundamentals of College Algebra
Math 117 Trigonometry
Math 118 College Algebra and Trigonometry
Math 118 College Algebra and Trigonometry (lab section)
Math 119 Fundamentals of Calculus
Math 120 Elements of Calculus I
Math 122 Calculus of a Single Variable I
Math 136 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

Math 136 Honors Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
Math 137 Caclulus and Analytic Geometry II
Math 137 Honors Caclulus and Analytic Geometry II
Math 183 Introductory Statistics
Math 211 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I
Math 212 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II

Math 237 Multivariable Calculus

Math 275 Introductory Topics (Number Theory)
Math 275 Introductory Topics (Mathematics of Puzzles and Games)
Math 275 Introductory Topics (Cryptography)
Math 307 Introduction to Linear Algebra
Math 310 Introduction to Discrete Mathematics

 Math 315 Theory of Numbers
 Math 317 Introduction to Algebraic Systems

Math 331 Differential Equations
           Math/CS 371  Honors Advanced Computational Problem Solving
Math 350 Advanced Engineering Mathematics
Math 398 Independent Study
IND 403 Honors Thesis
Math 409/409(G) History of Mathematics
Math 411/411(G) Problem Solving for Elementary and Middle School Teachers
Math 417 Algebraic Systems
Math 431/431(G) Intermediate Analysis I
Math 432/432(G) Intermediate Analysis II
Math 439 /439(G) Topology
Math 450 /450(G) Complex Variables
Math 475 Selected Topics in Mathematics
 Math 498 Senior Seminar
 Math 500 Readings in Mathematics
Math 509 History of Modern Mathematics
Math 517 Topics from Algebra
Math 532 Real Analysis
Math 542 Advanced Discrete Mathematics
 Math 539 Topology II
Math 590 Special Topics in Mathematics
Math 599 Thesis Research and Writing

Selected Presentations:

Summer Topology Conference, Dayton, June 2017. (semiplenary lecture)
Summer Topology Conference, Leicester (England), July 2016.
Colloque International Sur les Mathèmatiques á Gafsa,
 (Tunisia), July 2015
Summer Topology Conference, National Univ. of Ireland, Galway, June 2015.
University of Gafsa Categorical Topology Seminar (Tunisia), January 2015.
Brno Technical University (Czech Republic), December 2013.
Workshop on Coverings, Selections, and Games in Topology, Caserta, Italy, June 2012.
Summer Topology Conference, City College of New York, July 2011.
University of Siegen (Germany), June 2011.
AMS Southeast Section Meeting, Georgia Southern University, March 2011.
Summer Topology Conference, Brno Technical University (Czech Republic), July 2009.
Brno Technical University (Czech Republic), April 2008.
National University of Ireland, Galway, September 2007.
Summer Topology Conference, Georgia Southern University, July 2006.
1004th AMS Meeting, Special Session, Western Kentucky University, March 2005.
International Conference and Research Center for Computer Science at Schloss Dagstuhl, Saarland, Germany, August 2004.
Summer Topology Conference, University of Cape Town, July 2004.
International Conference and Research Center for Computer Science at Schloss Dagstuhl, Saarland, Germany, May 2002.
University of South Africa Topology Workshop, Pretoria, June-July, 2001.
University of Cape Town, July 9-10, 2001.

Some Selected Publications. . . 

A Discrete Transition to Advanced Mathematics (joint with B. Richmond), 424 pages, American Mathematical Society Pure and Applied Undergraduate Texts, Volume 3, 2004.

        On Topology and Order:
Complements of Convex Topologies on Products of Finite Totally Ordered Spaces (joint with A. Mhemdi), Positivity,  doi:10.1007/s11117-017-0472-2

The Number of Convex Topologies on a Finite Totally Ordered Set (joint with T. Clark), Involve, Vol. 8, no. 1 (2015) 25-32.

Complementation in the Lattice of Locally Convex Topologies, Order, Vol. 30, no. 2 (2013) 487-496.

Topologies Arising from Metrics Valued in Abelian l-Groups, (joint with R. Kopperman and H. Pajoohesh), Algebra Universalis, 65 (2011) 315-330.

Collections of Mutually Disjoint Convex Subsets of a Totally Ordered Set (joint with T. Clark), Fibonacci Quarterly, Vol. 48, no. 1 (2010) 77-79. 

Every Finite Topology is Generated by a Partial Pseudometric, (joint with A. Güldürdek), Order, Vol. 22 no. 4 (2005) 415 - 421.

T_i-Ordered Reflections, (joint with H.-P. Künzi), Applied General Topology, Vol. 6 no. 2 (2005) 207-216.

        On General Topology:
Maps Generating the Same Primal Space (joint with S. Lazaar and T. Turki), Quaestiones Mathematicae 40(1) (2017) 17-28.

Transitions between 4-Intersection Values of Planar Regions (joint with K. Bell), Applied General Topology 18(1) (2017) 183-202.

Neighborhood Spaces and Convergence, (joint with J. Slapal), Topology Proceedings, 35 (2010) 165-175.

    On Analysis:

Minimizing Times between Boundary Points on a Rectangular Pool (joint with T. Miick), Missouri J. Math. Sci. 28(1) (2016) 2-14.

Cantor Sets Arising from Continued Radicals, (joint with T. Clark), The Ramanujan Journal,  Vol. 33, no 3 (2014) 315-327.

Continued Radicals, (joint with J. Johnson), The Ramanujan Journal, Vol. 15, no. 2 (2008) 259-273.

        On Ordered Compactifications:
Ordered Compactifications:  Connectedness and Remainders (joint with Sinem Karatas), Questions and Answers in General Topology, 32 (2014) 117-125.

Ordered Separation Axioms and the Wallman Ordered Compactification (joint with A. McCluskey and H.-P. Künzi), Publicationes Mathematicae Debrecen, Vol. 73 no. 3-4 (2008), 361-377.

        On Mathematics at the Undergraduate Level:
The Fastest Path between Two Points, With a Symmetric Obstacle, (joint with Kathleen Bell and Shania Polson), College Math. Journal, Vol. 46, no. 2 (2015) 92-97.

Instant Insanity II (joint with Aaron Young), College Math. Journal, Vol. 44, no. 4 (Sept. 2013) 265-272.

How to Recognize a Parabola (joint with B. Richmond), Am. Math. Monthly, Vol. 116, no. 10 (Dec. 2009) 910-922.

Characterizing Power Functions by Volumes of Revolution (joint with B. Richmond), College Math. Journal, Vol. 29 no. 1 (Jan. 1998) 40-41.

Metric Spaces in which all Triangles are Degenerate (joint with B. Richmond), Am. Math. Monthly, Vol. 104, no. 8 (Oct. 1997) 713-719.

The Equal Area Zones Property (joint with B. Richmond), Am. Math. Monthly, Vol. 100 no. 5 (May 1993) 475-477.

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