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Derek Thompson

Department Chair and Professor of Mathematics

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functional analysis operator theory technology for education


  • PhD, Mathematics, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • MA, Mathematics, Ball State University
  • BS, Mathematics, Indiana Wesleyan University

Career Highlights

    • 2023 Indiana MAA Distinguished Teaching Award
    • 2019 Dr. Joe Burnworth Teaching Award
    • 2017 School of Natural and Applied Sciences (SNAS) Distinguished Lecturer

Student Awards

    • Outstanding Poster Award, Joint Mathematics Meetings 2019, Maddison Guillaume & Amish Mishra
    • Outstanding Presentation Award, MathFest 2017, Caleb Holleman
    • Outstanding Presentation Award, MathFest 2016, Ruth Jansen and Becca Rousseau
    • 1st Place, 2019 MATH Challenge, Jordan Crawford, Drew Anderson, Alexander McFarland
    • 1st Place, 2014 Indiana College Mathematics Competition, Josh Kiers, Claire Spychalla, Daniel Crane

Featured Scholarship

I have written around 20 research articles, mostly in the area of composition operators, along with a few teaching articles with my colleagues in the Taylor Mathematics Department. But I am most proud of the work I've done with students, which has been published in a variety of journals and even been cited by other researchers. If joint mathematics research with a professor sounds awesome, then join us at Taylor!


I have been reviewing board games as a hobby since 2011, and have written about 400 board game reviews. I write for the nonprofit ministry Geeks Under Grace. I am featured in the card game Star Realms. I have a passion for adoption and a deep desire to learn more about neurodivergence so that I can improve as a teacher and as a father.