Christopher M. Kribs

483 Pickard Hall,
P. O. Box 19408
Arlington, TX 76012-0408

Where I am

I'm a professor in the departments of mathematics (College of Science) and Curriculum and Instruction (College of Education) at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). I obtained my Ph.D. in mathematics in 1997 at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where I worked with Fred Brauer on differential equations. My mathematical research uses dynamical systems to model the spread of disease within a population. I focus especially on vector-borne infections and environments where multiple pathogens circulate, most notably Chagas disease, which I began studying during a sabbatical to the Universidad de Colima in Mexico in 2003. I regularly teach courses on differential equations and linear algebra.

My educational research investigates the teaching and learning of K-8 (elementary and middle grades) mathematics, the analysis of students' mathematical thinking, and teachers' abilities and dispositions to do so. I direct UTA's graduate program in K-8 mathematics education (which I developed in partnership with local school districts), with courses offered under the auspices of the math department which then plug into the M.Ed. degree in Curriculum and Instruction. In the College of Education I teach math methods courses for prospective middle grades (EDML 4372) and elementary bilingual (BEEP 4311) teachers, and in the math department I developed a sequence of small-group problem-solving courses, Math 1330, Math 1331, and Math 1332, for pre-service teachers.

In my occasional leisure time, I also write novels (anybody know a good publisher? :) and poetry, draw a little, do genealogy research, and a little Scottish Country Dancing.

Where I've been

I grew up in Dallas, Texas, where my family's been for five generations. I graduated in 1985 from Cistercian Prep School, a small Catholic school in nearby Irving run by Hungarian monks (Cistercians), in a class of nineteen. I am a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church.

As an undergraduate, I double-majored in electrical engineering and math at Duke. During summers, I worked in the speech research lab at Texas Instruments, through 1994. In January 1990 I entered EE graduate school at Georgia Tech in Atlanta; in August of that year I moved (with my advisor) to Tech's then-brand-new campus in Metz, France, an hour south of Luxembourg in Alsace-Lorraine. While finishing up my M.S.E.E. at Georgia Tech Lorraine I met some distant cousins who lived nearby, and fell in love with the area. With the possible exception of Strasbourg, Alsace-Lorraine gets little attention from tourists, but it has one of the richest regional cultures in the country, and the people are remarkably friendly, especially given what they've endured every time a war has ravaged Europe (they're the only pass through the mountains to western Europe). I spent a year in Santa Fe, New Mexico, teaching math and physics at a boarding school for Native Americans, before working on my doctorate in Wisconsin.

Christopher Kribs
Last modified 16 August 2019