Hank Harmon

Dr. Hank G. Harmon

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

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Biography

Hank G. Harmon found his way back into mathematics in 2007, after an extended absence from academia. He received his Ph.D. from Auburn University in 2014. His training is in abstract algebra, and his specialization is in representation and character theory. In addition, he still loves Galois theory and topology.

His research interest in character theory concerns the conditions on a finite group that guarantee an orthogonal basis for the corresponding space of standard symmetrized tensors. He continues, when time permits, to pursue the line of research in his paper "Geometry of Standard Symmetrized Tensors," published in the journal Linear Algebra and its Applications.

Harmon is a vigorous proponent of learner-centered teaching and, in particular, inquiry-based learning: He believes that students learn best when engaged as junior colleagues in the genuine problem-solving activities of the discipline. 

He is enthusiastic about working with students on research in any of the above-mentioned areas.

In his spare time, Harmon loves playing the drums, studying music theory, listening to microtonal music and reading horror fiction.

Education

  • Doctorate – mathematics – Auburn University
  • Bachelor's – psychology – University of Alabama
  • Bachelor's – philosophy – University of Alabama

Academic Interests

  • Abstract algebra
  • Representation and character theory
  • Galois theory
  • General topology
  • Learner-centered teaching
  • Inquiry-based learning

Professional Affiliations

  • American Mathematical Society
  • Mathematical Association of America
  • National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals