Welcome! My name is Dan Wolczuk. I am a continuing lecturer in the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. I am known for my enthusiastic lectures and for my complete dedication to providing students with the best education possible. For me, this means not only helping students master the content, but helping them become effective lifelong learners. I am also known for my many research projects on topics such as assessments for learning, teaching students how to learn, and gamification, as well as for my learning how to learn seminars for students (see Learning Resources), and my mathematical teaching seminars for new instructors (see Teaching Resources).
I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) in 2001. I am very fortunate to have done my undergraduate degree there as I had many opportunities that I probably would have not received elsewhere. I complete my master's degree here at the University of Waterloo in 2004 in analytic number theory under the supervison of Cameron Stewart. I have been a lecturer at the University of Waterloo since 2004.
I mainly teach our first and second year linear algebra and calculus courses, although I occasionally teach number theory, complex analysis, or the linear algebra course for our Master of Mathematics for Teachers program. I have co-authored a linear algebra textbook Introduction to Linear Algebra for Science and Engineering for Pearson publishing.
I am very fortunate to have my efforts constantly recognized. In 2013, I was awarded both the University of Waterloo's Faculty of Mathematics Award for Distinction in Teaching and the University of Waterloo's Mathematics Student Society's Instructor of the Year award, and in 2021 I won the University of Waterloo's Distinction in Teaching Award. Additionally, I feel that one of the greatest recognitions of my teaching philosophy is that I was asked to speak at the Mathematics Faculty Graduation Ball eight years in a row despite teaching mostly first and second year courses. But, the greatest honour has been winning the 2022 Canadian Mathematical Society's Excellence in Teaching Award.
In addition to my work (which I consider more of a hobby that pays), I enjoy cycling, travelling, and playing board games. I should have more hobbies, but I do enjoy my work too much.
I can be seen on YouTube:
Talking about mental health
Teaching students about learning
I'm even in a meme!
My Teaching StatementYou can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org