Woke up this morning
Didn’t have a clue!
Couldn’t solve that problem
Didn’t know just what to do.
I’ve got the Algebra blues.
Yeah, the Algebra blues.
— Professor Krevisky
In Professor Stephen Krevisky’s math classes, students do not need to sing the “Algebra Blues” — he sings it for them (and to them, for that matter). It’s all part of Professor Krevisky’s non-traditional approach to learning and loving math.
Using tactics like the blues and baseball stats (he loves baseball stats!), Professor Krevisky brings mathematical concepts alive for students.
Since 1985, Professor Krevisky has been a full-time mathematics professor at Middlesex Community College. He covers many types of math including linear algebra, differential equations, calculus 1, 2, and 3, pre-calculus, statistics (with projects and computer component), algebra, geometry, and developmental math.
Prior to joining Middlesex, Professor Krevisky was a visiting math lecturer at Trinity College and Wesleyan University. He was an adjunct lecturer at Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY), teaching statistics to business students. He also was a full-time math instructor at the University of Wisconsin.
Among the many articles authored by Professor Krevisky are:
- “On Trig Identities: An Identity Crisis,” Journal of Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 1984
- “On Inequalities,” Journal of New York State Math Teachers Association, 1984
- “Another Look at Batting Averages,” Connecticut Math Journal, 1988
- “Unusual Extra-Base Feats,” Baseball Research Journal, 1989
- “XX and Hoosier Chuck,” The National Pastime, June 1993
- “The AL’s 1935 Batting Races,” The National Pastime, June 1995
- “A Tale of Two Players, A Foxx-Mantle Comparison,” Baseball Research Journal, October 1996 (also posted on the Major League Baseball website), June 1998
- “Life Begins at 40: The Oldest Players to Get 200 Hits in a Season,” BRJ, Fall 1998
He served as editor of the Left Field Baseball Book (1991–1992) and has contributed many articles from 1988–1992.
He is active in many national and international math associations, serving in elected positions and as a popular speaker at conferences and events. These include:
- International Conference on Teaching Statistics (ICOTS)
- International Congress on Math Education (ICME)
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
- The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) – served as president of CT Smoky Joe Wood chapter
- American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) – served as president and vice president of the Connecticut Chapter
- New England Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (NEMATYC)
- Northeast section of Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
- Quebec Association of Math Teachers
- Northwest Conference of British Columbia Association of Math Teachers
- New Mexico Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (NM-MATYC)
- New York State Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (NYSMATYC)
In addition, Professor Krevisky has been involved in Middlesex’s Saturday Math Academy for 6th graders and MILE seminars for senior citizens. He is a student advisor, has worked with the Student Senate, and was a mentor in the Minority Fellowship Program.
Professor Krevisky earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from City College of New York (cum laude, 1971) and a Master of Science in Mathematics from Syracuse University. He completed some coursework and research towards a Ph.D. in math education from the University of Delaware.