0 Jill Jordan

Jill Jordan

Houghton professor Jill Jordan in classroom.

Jill Jordan

Dean of Natural Sciences & Mathematics; Associate Professor of Mathematics

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!


  • Ph.D. | Bryn Mawr College
  • M.A. | Bryn Mawr College
  • B.A. | Houghton College

Professional Experiences/Achievements

  • Assistant Professor of Mathematics
    Houghton University, 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)

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

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