I am a person who loves Jesus, loves math, and doesn’t think that those loves are mutually exclusive.
My name is Josh Wilkerson (the one on the right). I am married to a beautiful daughter of the King, Laura, and we currently reside in Austin, Texas. We have an amazing son named Caleb and we recently welcomed our daughter Levi into the family.
In a 1977 paper entitled, “The Historical Shaping of the Foundations of Mathematics,” Dr. Robert Brabenec (professor of mathematics at Wheaton College) introduced the beginnings of the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences and the motivation behind their conferences. He outlined the major areas of mathematical study in which Christian thought simply must have an influence and he then concluded with the following statement:
The ideal person we are looking for to work in this area would have to simultaneously be a Christian, a mathematician, a philosopher, a theologian and a logician (p. 9).
Since it is difficult for any one person to dedicate themselves fully to multiple fields of in depth study, Dr. Brabenec proceeded to list five practical steps Christian mathematicians could take to make themselves more well-rounded, all of which I agree with wholeheartedly. You can read the article in its entirety here.
I would add one more label to Dr. Brabenec’s list. Perhaps since he was giving his address to those working in higher education, the label of “Educator” was assumed. But I believe it deserves explicit mention, just as the label “Christian” does in a room full of believers. If Christian faith is to truly influence work in mathematics, then it must be evident in the way students are mathematically educated.
All of my background training, current endeavors, and future goals are designed toward personal growth in each of the areas mentioned above.
B.S. cum laude, Mathematics, Texas A&M University, May 2005
Th.M. high honors, Historical Theology, Dallas Theological Seminary, May 2010
Ph.D. Mathematics Education, Texas State University, May 2017
AREAS OF INTEREST AND RESEARCH:
Math Education, Mathematical Assessment, History and Philosophy of Mathematics, Integration of Christian Faith with Mathematical Practice, Church History with Emphasis on the Historical Interplay between Theology and Mathematics
Austin Community College, Austin, TX (8/17 – Present)
Regents School of Austin, Austin, TX (8/12 – Present)
Navasota High School, Navasota, TX (8/10 – 8/12)
David Kemp Tutoring Services Inc., Dallas, TX (8/07 – 8/10)
L.V. Berkner High School, Richardson, TX (8/06 – 8/07)
Colleyville Heritage High School, Colleyville, TX (8/05 – 8/06)
Texas Teaching Fellows, Carrollton/Richardson, TX (6/05 – 5/06)
Texas A&M University, Department of Mathematics, College Station, TX (1/03 – 5/03)
Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences
Board Member – Secretary, 2017 – Present
Mathematical Association of America
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics