David Clark

Assistant Professor of mathematics at Grand Valley State University

Email: clarkdav@gvsu.edu | Office: Mackinac A-2-104


My teaching focuses on extremely active learning.

I am a big fan of Standards-Based Grading:

Scholarship and Undergraduate Research

I study combinatorics: The art and science of counting in interesting ways.

I enjoy working with students to study games that reveal deep results about modern communications. Recent projects include:

  • Lindsay Czap, "Guessing games with cost functions" (2015-2016 GVSU Student Summer Scholars project, preprint)
  • Andy Dean, "An Information Theoretic Study of Rhythmic Variations of Poetic Accents in Rap" (2014 UMN senior project)
  • George Fisk and Nurry Goren, "A variation on the game SET" (2013, in Involve, preprint)
  • William Thomas, "Entanglement-Assisted Quantum Error-Correcting Codes from Generalized Quadrangles" (2012, in RHUMJ)
  • Sammy Shaker, "Noninteractive Guessing Games in Coding Theory" (2012)

Enrichment and Outreach

I love to create hands-on activities that help students learn about mathematics.

  • MathPath, a summer program for very talented middle school students. I have taught here since Summer 2013.
  • I enjoy organizing and taking part in Family Math Nights at local schools.
  • Previously, I was a MathCEP Teaching Postdoc at the University of Minnesota. I taught Calculus to talented middle- and high-school students as a part of UMTYMP as well as running school-year and summer programs for students.

Fun & Games

Besides math and teaching, I enjoy a variety of other things: