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Theresa Jorgensen received degrees in mathematics from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota (B.A.) and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (M.S. and Ph.D.) Prior to joining the faculty of the Mathematics Department at the University of Texas at Arlington, she was a cryptologic mathematician at the National Security Agency.
Dr. Jorgensen’s research and professional interests in mathematics focus on the mathematical education of teachers, vertical connections within mathematics curricula, and program development. She is a recipient of the UT Arlington’s Provost’s Research Excellence Award. Dr. Jorgensen’s research and teaching have been sponsored by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), the Texas Workforce Commission, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Dr. Jorgensen’s teaching reflects her belief that mathematics should make sense, and that it is through active engagement in mathematics that one makes sense of it. The courses which she most often teaches include calculus, differential equations, and advanced courses in mathematics for elementary, middle school, and secondary mathematics teachers. Dr. Jorgensen’s many teaching honors include the 2005 UT Arlington Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 2006 UT Arlington Honors College Distinguished Faculty Award, a 2010 UT System Regents Outstanding Teaching Award, and selection as a UT Arlington Faculty Fellow for Service Learning in 2013-14.
Dr. Jorgensen is involved in outreach activities to increase the diversity of students in the mathematical sciences. She has received multiple grants from the Association for Women in Mathematics and the MAA to support programs developed to engage underrepresented minority students and females in mathematics. .