Mathematics Faculty Bios

JEFF DINITZ: co-Director of the Governor’s Institute on Mathematics.

Dinitz received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from The Ohio State University in 1980. Since that time he has been on the faculty of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Vermont serving as the Department Chair from 1998 through 2004. Dr. Dinitz also holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Computer Science and has been the Department Chair for that department from 2010 through 2012. Dr. Dinitz is the author of over 85 research articles that have appeared in refereed volumes in his research area of combinatorial designs. He has been the managing Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Combinatorial Designs (the flagship journal in the area) from 1997 to the present and is also the co Editor-in-Chief of the Handbook of Combinatorial Designs, the standard reference in combinatorial designs. Prof. Dinitz has given invited lectures at conferences throughout the world including Germany, New Zealand, Iran, Czech Republic, Ghana, Turkey, Greece, England, Canada, and the U.S. In 2001 he designed the schedule of play for the now defunct professional football league, the XFL. He has been the Director of the Governor’s Institute in Mathematics since 2003.


SHEILA WEAVER: co-Director of the Governor’s Institute on Mathematics.

Sheila Weaver has taught Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Vermont for 27 years. She is committed to quality undergraduate education, and in 2002, she was honored to receive the Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award. She is especially interested in innovation in statistics and mathematics education, and has taught courses linking mathematics with social justice issues, and with the Arts. She has also incorporated community-based learning in many of her college classes. In recent years, Sheila taught professional development courses to middle and high school math teachers as part of Vermont Mathematics Partnerships and the Vermont Mathematics Institute. Since 2008, she has enjoyed serving as a co-director of the Governor’s Institute in Mathematical Sciences.