Jill Jordan

Assistant Professor of Mathematics and STEM Director


  • Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College (2005)
  • M.A., Bryn Mawr College (2002)
  • B.A., Houghton College (1999)


Courses Taught

  • Senior Capstone
  • Abstract Algebra I
  • Modern Geometries
  • Number Theory
  • Knot Theory
  • Introduction to Proof
  • Multivariate Calculus
  • Calculus I / Calculus Support Lab
  • Science Honors Calculus
  • Introduction to Calculus
  • Math Explorations
  • Math for Liberal Arts


Professional Memberships/Associations

  • Association for Christians in Mathematical Sciences
  • Mathematical Association of America

Professional Experience/Achievements

  • Assistant Professor of Mathematics
    Houghton College, Houghton NY (2009-present)
  • 2015 TIMES [Teaching Inquiry-Oriented Materials: Establishing Supports] Teaching Fellow (Abstract Algebra)
  • Westfield Academy and Central School commencement speaker, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Math Class,” June 2013
  • MAA PREP Workshop: Improving College Mathematics Teaching Through Faculty Development, West Point, NY, June 2012
  • MAA Minicourse: Getting Students Involved in Undergraduate Research, Joint Mathematics Meetings, New Orleans, LA, January 2011
  • Visiting or Adjunct Professor of Mathematics
    Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr PA (2006-2007)
    Gwynedd Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley PA (2002-2004)


Why I Teach at Houghton   

My husband Michael and I sometimes talk about how we are “living the dream” to be back at Houghton, participating in the community that nurtured us as college students, and having the chance to pour into the next generation of students. We feel blessed to be able to build mentoring relationships with college students, while at the same time benefitting from the relationships that students build with us and our five children. I currently teach part time in order to balance my academic life with the demands of my young children. Living close to campus allows me to maintain close ties with the college community despite only teaching one or two classes at a time. Teaching a subject I love, being part of a supportive community, watching students grow and then go out into the world and do amazing things for the Kingdom of God – yes, I am definitely living the dream!


Research Interests

  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Inquiry-Based Learning



  • “But We’ve Never Done It This Way Before! Tips for Successful Implementation of Inquiry-Based Learning Methods in Mathematics Classes,” (preliminary approval) to appear in A Celebration of the EDGE Program’s Impact on the Mathematics Community and Beyond, AWM-Springer (2019)
  •  “From Apprehension to Enthusiasm: Getting Students On Board With Inquiry-Based Learning.” Join Mathematics Meetings. San Diego, CA. Jan. 2018.
  • “Inquiry-Oriented Instruction in an Abstract Algebra Course.” Association for Christians in the Mathematical Sciences. Charleston, SC. May-June 2017.
  •  “Variations on the Theme of Calculus Support.”Mathfest. Hartford, CT. July-Aug. 2013.
  • “Blogging Together: Using a Class Blog to Enhance Learning in a Proof-Writing Class”Joint Mathematics Meetings. New Orleans, LA. Jan. 2011.
  • “Generating Family Invariants for Legendrian Links of Unknots.” Jordan, J. and Traynor, L. Algebraic and Geometric Topology, Volume 6, 763-807. 2006
  • Bryn Mawr/Haverford Mathematics Colloquium presentation, February 2006
  • Philadelphia Area Contact/Topology Seminar (PACT) presentations, Bryn Mawr College (September 2005, September 2004) and Haverford College (September 2003)
  • Graduate Research Symposium poster presentations, Bryn Mawr College, October 2004 and October 2003


Other Interests/Hobbies/Enjoyments

  • Reading fiction, knitting, car seat safety education (certified Child Passenger Safety Technician since 2010), drinking hot chocolate
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