Ayşe Şahin, Ph.D appointed as Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Ayşe Şahin received her BA in mathematics from Mount Holyoke College in ’88 and her MA (’92) and PhD (’94) in mathematics from the University of Maryland, College Park.   She was an Assistant Professor at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND from 1994-2000 and an Associate Professor from 2000-2001.  She moved to DePaul University in Chicago, IL in 2000 where she was promoted to full professor in 2010.  She joined the faculty at Wright state in July, 2015 as the Chair of Mathematics and Statistics. 

Şahin’s research area is in ergodic theory and dynamical systems.  Her focus is on actions of amenable groups.  She has published in the areas of orbit equivalence of group actions, tilings of groups, and special representations of group actions.  She has organized numerous conferences and has presented her research in conferences across the United States, internationally in Chile, Greece, and Korea and has been invited to give a mini course in Argentina in the fall of 2015. 

Şahin also has interests in curriculum development and teacher training.  She has designed special mathematics courses for science majors and also future and practicing teachers.   At DePaul University she was co-director of a Master in Middle School Mathematics Education program, run jointly with the DePaul College of Education.  She has also designed and organized professional development programs for teachers in the Common Core State Standards in mathematics.  She is interested in inquiry based learning methods in the college classroom and has co-authored an inquiry based advanced undergraduate level text on dynamical systems.