Faculty for 2016-2017

James Kirkwood

Chair of the Mathematical Sciences Department

P | 434-381-6285
E | jrkirkwood@sbc.edu

Mathematical Sciences Department
Sweet Briar College
Sweet Briar, VA 24595


James Kirkwood

Jim KirkwoodProfessor of Mathematical Sciences

P | 434-381-6285
E | jrkirkwood@sbc.edu
O | Guion Science Center | Second Floor, A208

B.S., Mathematics | Southeast Missouri State College
M.A., Mathematics | University of Oklahoma
Ph.D., Mathematics | University of Virginia

Jim Kirkwood has published more than 10 mathematics textbooks on various topics, including calculus, real analysis, probability, mathematical biology and mathematical physics. His newest text, “Advanced Linear Algebra,” to be published by Taylor and Francis, will be out in 2017. His original research was in mathematical physics, and he co-authored the seminal paper in a topic now called Kirkwood-Thomas Theory in mathematical physics. During the summer, he teaches real analysis to entering graduate students at the University of Virginia. He has been awarded several National Science Foundation grants. In 2016, he was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia — the Commonwealth’s highest honor for faculty at Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities. Later that year, he also received the H. Hiter Harris, Jr. Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, given out annually by the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges.


Raina Robeva

Raina RobevaProfessor of Mathematical Sciences

P | 434-381-6213
E | robeva@sbc.edu
O | Guion Science Center | Second Floor, A204

B.S., Mathematics | University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski”
M.S., Probability and Statistics | University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski”
Ph.D., Mathematics | University of Virginia

Raina Robeva is the lead author/editor of the books “An Invitation to Biomathematics” with the accompanying “Laboratory Manual of Biomathematics” (2008), “Mathematical Concepts and Methods in Modern Biology: Using Modern Discrete Models” (2013), and “Algebraic and Discrete Mathematical Methods for Modern Biology” (2015), all published by Academic Press. She is the founding chief editor of the journal Frontiers in Systems Biology, chair of the advisory board of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, and is the chair-elect of the Chapter in Mathematical and Computational Biological Science of the Mathematical Association of America (BIO SIGMAA). Her research interests span a wide range of topics including systems biology, random processes and fields, and mathematical modeling for biology and the biomedical sciences. Robeva has received funding for her research and educational projects from multiple public and private sources, including the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Her translational research has resulted in three U.S. patents for assessment and diagnosis of attentional impairments. Robeva is a 2014 recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia — the commonwealth’s highest honor for faculty at Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities.


Steve Wassell

Steve WassellProfessor of Mathematical Sciences
Director of the Computer Science Program

P | 434-381-6214
E | wassell@sbc.edu
O | Guion Science Center | Second Floor, 201

B.S., Architecture | University of Virginia
M.S., Mathematics | University of Virginia
M.S., Computer Science | University of Virginia
Ph.D., Mathematics | University of Virginia

Steve Wassell received national recognition in 2012 for his teaching via his selection by The Princeton Review for inclusion in their book The Best 300 Professors. His research interests span all three of the disciplines in which he holds degrees. His principal topic of investigation is the relationship between architecture and mathematics. His 2010 book, “The Mathematical Works of Leon Battista Alberti” (with Kim Williams and Lionel March), comprises translations and commentaries of four treatises by the prolific 15th-century architect and polymath, Alberti. This follows up his 2006 book, “Andrea Palladio: Villa Cornaro in Piombino Dese” (with Branko Mitrović), which presents a full measured survey of one of Palladio’s most influential works, accompanied by essays which discuss the design of the villa, the size of the piede (foot) used in creating the villa, and the elements of the villa such as doors and staircases. Wassell’s overall aim is to explore and extol the mathematics of beauty and the beauty of mathematics.