Me

My name is John Quintanilla, and I am a Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of North Texas, located in Denton, Texas. Indeed, the title of this blog acknowledges one of the symbols of UNT, the Mean Green. I am also one of the undergraduate advisers for the Department of Mathematics, and also co-director of Teach North Texas, UNT’s program for preparing secondary teachers of mathematics and science.

My students usually call me Dr. Q, which is a term of either endearment or laziness (I’ve never quite figure out which). In any event, I like the moniker, as I think it’s both respectful and informal, which lends itself well to the atmosphere that I wish to promote in my classes.

My strongest motivation for becoming a professor was my desire to teach students. (I also became a professor to pursue my research interests in applied probability.) While I never began my career to seek awards, I’ve been fortunate to receive the following recognitions:

  • Excellent in Teaching Award, Princeton University Engineering Council, 1996
  • Honorary Member, UNT Golden Key National Honor Society, 1999
  • Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Joseph B. Whitehead Educator of Distinction Award, 2001 and 2003
  • UNT President’s Council Teaching Award, 2004
  • Texas Section of the Mathematical Association of America Distinguished College of University Teaching of Mathematics Award, 2005
  • Teacher of Merit, Intel Science Talent Search, 2008
  • University Distinguished Teaching Professor, 2010-present

Prior to starting at UNT, I graduated from Grace Brethren Christian School (’88), Stanford (BS ’92 and MS ’92), and Princeton (MA ’94 and PhD ’97). My full vita can be found at my UNT website.

At its root, my primary motivation for writing this blog can be succinctly stated in the sentence that I chose as my life verse when I was a teenager:

Colossians 3:17 – And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. 

My genuine desire is that this blog can be helpful to you, whether you share my confession of faith or not.

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