Dr. Joe Murfin
- MAT*F137 Intermediate Algebra http://mxcc.edu/catalog/course-descriptions/mat
- MAT*F173 College Algebra w/Technology http://mxcc.edu/catalog/course-descriptions/mat
- MAT*F186 Precalculus http://mxcc.edu/catalog/course-descriptions/mat
- MAT*F256 Calculus II http://mxcc.edu/catalog/course-descriptions/mat
Joseph Murfin began teaching as a full-time faculty member at MxCC in 2015, when he moved to Connecticut from Madison, Wisc. A native of Alabama, he grew up in the southern part of the state just outside of Mobile. Prior teaching at MxCC, Joseph served as a part-time instructor at Lakeland College and Madison College in Wisconsin from 2009 to 2014. He also taught as a graduate teaching assistant in the mathematics departments at Auburn University from 2007 to 2009 and the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2009 to 2015.
Joseph believes that the key to successfully learning mathematics is to understand the underlying principles that define mathematical concepts. He encourages his students to develop a deep comprehension of mathematical ideas rather than relying on rote memorization. He also believes that, given the opportunity, everyone has the ability to both enjoy and do well in math. He has a formal background in education and spends a significant amount of time thinking about the learning process, and how to best deliver information to students so that they will be successful in their studies. In order to facilitate the learning process, he often incorporates technology into his courses, such as the use of networked iPads and interactive visual mathematics programs like Geogebra.
Joseph earned a BS in mathematics from Troy University in Alabama and a master of applied mathematics from Auburn University.
In addition to mathematics, Joseph has an extensive background in music and music education. He has a bachelor’s degree in music education from Troy University, as well as a master’s and doctoral degree in percussion performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is an active percussionist in Connecticut and has a broad performance background in a large number of musical settings, including orchestra, contemporary chamber ensembles, musical theatre, drum set performance, Brazilian music, and other world music ensembles. He has given concerts and masterclasses at colleges all around the United States, and has performed twice at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. He has also served on staff with the Auburn University Marching Band and the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra and was a graduate instructor for the University of Wisconsin percussion ensemble. He was also a founding member of Clocks in Motion, a professional percussion chamber ensemble based in Madison. Joseph is the instructor for the Drumming and Percussion Ensemble course at MxCC, which will run for the first time in the spring of 2017.
Joseph’s additional interests include personal finance, economics and world markets, which he has studied informally for several years. He also has a love for the Spanish language and is always looking for opportunities to converse with native speakers. He also studies Brazilian Portuguese, which he uses when practicing and performing one of his favorite genres of music—samba. In addition, he enjoys traveling as much as possible and hiking with his wife on the weekends. He especially enjoys taking advantage of the wonderful local, state and national parks that New England has to offer.