Professor and Chair, Mathematics, Mathematics
Welcome! I'm glad you have found my official MC web page. However, you can also find me at http://math.mc.edu/travis
with my slightly less official page.
I am Professor of Mathematics at Mississippi College where I have been on the faculty since 1988. I also have served as Chair of Mathematics since 2004. My professional interests revolve around numerical analysis and scientific computing so you can often find me plinking around on a computer or making students look a neat mathematical pictures--sometimes with 3D glasses on.
I was born in New Orleans but do not consider myself a Cajun since my family moved to Blue Mountain in north Mississippi before I could even turn over. While there I enjoyed playing around Blue Mountain College where my parents worked. I mowed lots of yards (including all of BMC one summer) and delivered the Memphis Commerical Appeal and the Tupelo Daily Journal early every morning using my red 1970 Ford Maverick. I was the last paper delivery guy to throw papers on the porch.
At Mississippi College, I have had the privilege of serving the faculty and staff in a number of ways including a term as Faculty Council President, a term as Faculty Club President, and several years now as President of the Mississippi College Employees Credit Union. You can find me in my office enjoying working with students as they solve their problems on my board. You might just as easily find me hanging around one of the campus eating places doing mathematics or just enjoying a different environment.
For fun, I sometimes play racquetball at the Healthplex. I also play guitar...either my old Martin D-18, my modestly old American Fender Stratocaster, or my relatively recent Gibson Les Paul Studio. I am a Line 6 effects guy and am amazed at how much sound I can get from my 75W Spider Amp. You can find me most Sundays playing in the band for Parkway Baptist Church.
You are welcome to drop by my office to chat about class or whatever just about anytime I don't look too busy--but looks can be deceiving so just ask.
I do have web pages for each of my courses
where you can find not only the syllabus for the course but possibly links to a number of other resources and files. I also am writing up my notes in an online book format for some of these courses. Feel free to utilize these resources if you find them useful.
Ph. D., Mississippi State University, December 1994
Dissertation title: On Twists For C1 Tensor Surfaces and Solids With Application To Grid Generation
Advisor Dr. C. Wayne Mastin
M.S., University of Tennessee, August 1985
Thesis title: A Numerical Study Of Diagonally Implicit Runge Kutta Methods For A Parabolic Differential Equation
Advisor Dr. Larry Bales
B.A., Mississippi College, May 1982
Double Major: Mathematics and Business
Resume (current as of April 2016)
My Former Head Page
My Former Flashed Page
MAT 102B - Trigonometry
11:00am-11:50am, MCC 103
MAT 301 - Foundations of Mathematics
9:00-9:50am, MCC 103
MAT353 - Intro to Math Prob and Stats
9:25-10:40am, MCC 117A