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About me

I am a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Here is my CV.

I got my start in mathematics in the UMTYMP program at the University of Minnesota. I stayed at Minnesota, earning my B.S. in mathematics in 2008, and my Ph.D. in 2015. My adviser was Gennady Lyubeznik. I spent a year (2015-2016) as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where my mentor was Tom Marley, and then received an NSF postdoctoral fellowship here at UIC (2016-2019), where my sponsoring scientist was Wenliang Zhang. Since the fall semester of 2019 I have been a full-time lecturer at UIC.

Contact information

Address: UIC MSCS Department, 322 SEO (M/C 249), 851 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607
Email: nswitala [at] uic [dot] edu
Office: SEO 1217

Teaching

In Spring 2023 I am the course coordinator for Math 310 (Applied Linear Algebra). I am teaching the 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. MWF sections (in person).

My office hours for Spring 2023 are 11:00-12:00 Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning the second week of the term.

Previous teaching at UIC:
Fall 2022: I was on parental leave for most of this semester, though I did assist with Math 310 for the first month.
Spring 2022: Math 310 (Applied Linear Algebra), coordinator and two sections, in person; Math 215 (Introduction to Advanced Mathematics), two sections, in person.
Fall 2021: Math 310 (Applied Linear Algebra), coordinator and three sections, online synchronous.
Spring 2021: Math 310 (Applied Linear Algebra), coordinator and three sections, online asynchronous.
Fall 2020: Math 310 (Applied Linear Algebra), one section, online asynchronous; Math 215 (Introduction to Advanced Mathematics), two sections, online asynchronous.
Spring 2020: Math 215 (Introduction to Advanced Mathematics), two sections; Math 313 (Analysis I), one section. All classes began in person and switched to online asynchronous.
Fall 2019: Math 181 (Calculus II), one section, in person; Math 210 (Calculus III), two sections, in person.
Fall 2018: Math 520 (Commutative and Homological Algebra), graduate course, one section, in person.
Spring 2018: Math 310 (Applied Linear Algebra), one section, in person.

All necessary information and course content is accessible only through UIC's Blackboard page.

Research

My mathematical research has been in algebraic geometry and commutative algebra, with a specialty in local cohomology. The arXiv versions of my research papers are available here.