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Dr. Haught, Associate Professor

Dr. Haught, Associate Professor
Dr. Haught received a B.S. in Mathematics from Bowling Green State University, and earned both an M.S. in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Cornell University. Shortly after joining Loyola's faculty, Dr. Haught was appointed Dickson Instructor and National Science Foundation Research Fellow at the University of Chicago. Her research interests are primarily in mathematical logic, recursion theory, and complexity theory. Dr. Haught's research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and she has given invited talks at many prominent universities across the country, as well as being published in journals such as the Journal of Mathematical Logic, the Annals of Pure and Applied Logic, and the Transactions of the A.M.S.
 
Through her time at Loyola, Dr. Haught has been honored by Loyola's Sujack Committee for Excellence in Teaching, and has been deemed a Master Teacher in the College of Arts and Sciences. She has served as faculty advisor to Loyola's chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, and directed the NSF-funded Alliance for Minority Participation that provided internships in tutoring and research to minority undergraduate science majors. For several years, Dr. Haught served as program director of the Young Scholars Project, a National Science Foundation sponsored summer enrichment program for Chicago-area high school students, as well as directing Tech37 programs at Sullivan and Schurz high schools. Currently Dr. Haught serves as the faculty advisor to the Math Club.

Q: What is your favorite course to teach?
A: Right now I’m teaching Differential Equations (Math 264) and Applied Calculus I (Math 131). I enjoy both of them for different reasons: Differential equations has a lot of different applications and I like the great diversity among the students that take Applied Calculus.

Q: What originally got you into math?
A: I’ve always been good at math, so it seemed like the natural choice for me. I studied in South Korea for a year and even contemplated switching fields, but it was a very active time and after experiencing it, I wanted to return to math. The truth of math was appealing after that.

Q: What has your favorite moment been as a professor?
A: There’s a moment each semester when there is a moment of understanding reached in the class. It’s usually towards the end of the semester, and you can tell that the students fully understand the material and we all totally understand each other.

Q: If you could never do math again, what would you do with your time?
A: I like to knit and I practice yoga, I would also like to travel and spend time with my family. Some of my favorite places to travel to are France, Iceland and the Grand Canyon!

Q: Do you have any advice or words of wisdom for students?
A: Study Abroad if you can, learn programming as a job skill, take as many courses as you can and explore everything!
 
— Reported by Rachel Houle (Class of '16)