Department Chair

  • Edwin Rogers, Ph.D.
    Professor of Mathematics
    Roger Bacon Hall 444
    (518) 783-2392

Mr. James Matthews

Office: Roger Bacon 315
Phone: (518) 783-2466

Personal Website

Jim Matthews has been a faculty member at Siena College for over 30 years. At Siena, he teaches mathematics, computer science, and courses for the education department including supervision of student teachers. In recent years he has been teaching Discrete Mathematics, Analysis of Algorithms, Theory of Computation, and Methods and Materials for Teaching Mathematics.

Prior to joining the faculty at Siena he was a secondary mathematics teacher in Chatham, NY and he has taught mathematics for over ten years in Kindergarten through 4th grade classrooms. He has also worked as a consultant for many school districts and educational associations, the majority of this work for urban and rural schools.

Jim has given hundreds of conference presentations and written articles based on ideas for improving the teaching of mathematics and computer science. He has conducted numerous workshops for mathematics educators, directed and consulted on many grant projects, and helped establish undergraduate and graduate programs for mathematics and science teachers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Currently, he is the principal investigator for a $1.2 million NSF grant project.

Jim has served on and chaired committees for the New York State Education Department. He is an active member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State, and the Seaway Section of the Mathematical Association of America, He has served on committees and boards for all of these organizations including a term as President of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State.

Jim has been recognized with a NYNEX award for Excellence in Education and with the Siena College Teaching Award and was an inaugural inductee into the New York State Mathematics Educators Hall of Fame. He was also the back-up keynote speaker for President Obama.

When not working, Jim likes to run, bike, hike, and ski. He also enjoys puzzles and games, magic, reading, and hanging out with his friends and family.