The University of Illinois's Department of Mathematics has long been a national leader in distance education through its NetMath program. Following the retirement of NetMath’s founding director, Debra Woods, in March 2012, this 24-year-old program is under new leadership. Professor Randy McCarthy is NetMath Program Director. Ms. Anu Murphy (M.S. 1999, Univ. of Illinois) is Associate Director, and Dr. Bruce Carpenter (Ph.D. 1995, Univ. of Illinois) holds the position of NetMath Lecturer.
Murphy assumed overall responsibility for managing day-to-day operations of NetMath. Her experience with NetMath since 2008 has been invaluable in maintaining its momentum. Carpenter, who joined the department in 1997, supervises the instruction of NetMath’s core courses. He is particularly well-suited to the job as he contributed to the development of this innovative curriculum. The NetMath professional staff also includes: Patryk Szuta, eLearning Specialist, Peter Glaze, NetMath High School Program Coordinator, and Michael Raschke, Dean of Mentors and Instructional Specialist. The NetMath program has grown to include: Zachary Schoenrock, Instructional and Advising Specialist, and Steve Granda, Assistant eLearning Specialist.
Teaching Assistants and Mentors
With NetMath's flexible enrollment, there is never lack of work to tackle. Currently NetMath provides TA employment for 5 of our graduate students, and over 30 undergraduates who mentor individual students.
When Debra Woods and Jerry Uhl started NetMath 23 years ago, it had only a few dozen students. Today, thousands of students around the world are able to take University of Illinois math courses through the NetMath program.