Maia Kelley

Department Chair, Math

Maia Kelley become chair of the mathematics department in the fall of 2013.  Prior to her arrival at CWI, she was a member of the mathematics faculty at Emmanuel College in Boston for ten years.  While there she took advantage of every opportunity to incorporate academic technology into her classroom.  Her favorite (and most popular) method was using an iPad instead of a whiteboard.

Maia started her collegiate career at a community college in her home state of Illinois, Illinois Central College.  From there she transferred to Saint Olaf College in Minnesota where she earned a B.A. in Mathematics and spent a semester studying in Japan, Hong Kong, China, and Thailand.  After Saint Olaf, she headed south to attend graduate school at Clemson University in South Carolina.  At Clemson she earned an M.S. in Mathematical Sciences. 

In addition to her experience in academia, Maia has worked as a Department of Defense contractor for the Navy's F/A-18 program, a computer programmer for a medical software company, a truck loader for UPS, and a cashier at Target.

As the product of a community college herself, Maia firmly believes in the advantages to be gained by attending a community college.  She looks forward to being able to be part of the same system that gave her such an excellent start to her academic journey.

When not on campus, Maia enjoys reading, camping, and biking.  As a second degree black belt in tae kwon do, she also enjoys breaking stacks of wood but those opportunities are harder to come by.

Blogs by Maia Kelley

Monday, January 12, 2015 - 1:15pm
As a member of the CWI mathematics department it likely comes as no surprise that I majored in math in college and graduate school.  When I meet new people the assumption that they make upon learning what I do for a living is probably not unlike the reaction that dentists get.  In other words, “Wow, you must be really smart and kind of a sadist.”  They also assume that studying math is the fulfillment of a lifelong obsession with math, that I really want to hear their horror stories about math...
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 4:00pm
The main objective of cryptography, a field of study for both mathematicians and computer scientists, is to provide a way for two people (often characterized as Alice and Bob) to be able to send a message over an insecure channel in such a way that an opponent (often called Oscar) cannot understand the message if it is intercepted.  In some cases this is achieved by using previously agreed upon code words or symbols.  In others, it means that Alice and Bob have agreed upon a particular...
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