• Ross Flek

    Office Location:

    Lang Annex


    Dr. Ross Flek received his B.S. in Mathematics from Hunter College of CUNY and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the CUNY Graduate Center. While completing his doctoral work he served as an adjunct lecturer at Hunter College and a math learning center supervisor. He received his Ph.D. in 2009, and had served as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Hostos Community College (CUNY) prior to joining the Interdisciplinary Science Department at the Lang College of the New School University. Over a span of almost two decades he has had the opportunity to experiment with different pedagogical approaches and styles. He briefly summarizes his teaching philosophy below:

    I strongly believe in active student participation during course lectures. It keeps the students engaged and provides me with immediate feedback about their understanding of the topic at hand. Whenever possible I try to incorporate my research interests into the courses I am teaching, which is possible for courses ranging from Basic Mathematics to Calculus and Differential Equations. I do assign homework problems which students are expected to hand in. From experience, I have observed that even short hand-in assignments are quite beneficial for students‘ overall understanding of the material. In addition, these assignments serve as a good measure of students‘ grasp of the necessary concepts…

    … Having taught a wide range of math and statistics courses, I believe that students and their work should be treated with the same amount of attention and respect independent of the level of the course.

    Degrees Held:

    Ph.D., Mathematics, Graduate Center, City University of New York

    B.S, Mathematics, Hunter College, City University of New York

    Professional Affiliations:

    National Numeracy Network

    American Mathematical Society

    Mathematical Association of America

    Recent Publications:

    • Flek, R., Alice Cunningham, William Baker, Loreto Porte, Olen Dias: Supplemental Instruction For Developmental Mathematics: Early Results. MathAMATYC Educator. 02/2015; Volume 6 (Number 2). 
    • Flek, R., G. Markowsky and D. Bowman, Rotation Numbers and Symbolic Dynamics, Annales-Academiae Scientiarum Fennicae Mathematica, Volume 40, January 2015.
    • Flek, R. and T. Prince, Developing and Teaching an Honors Calculus Course In a Community College, Hispanic Education Technology Services (HETS) Online Journal, Volume IV, Spring Issue, April 2014.  Developing_and_Teaching_an_Honors_Calculus_Course_in_a_Community_College
    • Flek, R. and L. Keen, Boundaries of Bounded Fatou Components of Quadratic Maps, Journal of Difference Equations and Applications, Volume 16, Issue 5, May 2010.
    • Flek, R., On the Dynamics of Quasi-Self-Matings of Generalized StarlikeQuadratics and the Structure of the Mated Julia Sets, CUNY Thesis, 2009.
    • Flek, R., When the Angles of a Triangle Add Up to Less Than 180 Degrees; a Glimpse into Hyperbolic Geometry, Hostos Mathematics Journal, May 2011.
    • Flek, R., Rodriguez, Y. and F. Fernandez, Bridging Theory and Applications: Improving Students’ Mathematical Proficiency for the Physical Sciences with Emphasis on Physics: The Birth of a Teaching Experiment. To appear in B. Czarnocha et al. (Eds.), The Creative Enterprise of Mathematics Teaching-Research: Elements of Methodology and Practice.  Sense Publishers. 2015.

    Performances And Appearances:

    • Flek, R., “The Structure of Julia Sets of Quadratic Rational Maps That Arise as Matings of Quadratic Polynomials: What is a Buried Point?” Hostos Mathematics and Mathematics Education Seminar Presentation, February 2010. Presentation 


    • Flek, R., et al. "National Science Foundation Grant Opportunities for Community College Teacher Education Programs.” NACCTEP Think Big Conference. Dallas, TX. 8 March 2013. Panel Speaker 


    Research Interests:

    Quantitative Reasoning and Literacy, Mathematics Education, Quantitative Research Methods, Dynamical Systems, Statistical and Mathematical Modeling, Structural Causal Modeling, Holomorphic Dynamics, Complex Analysis, Hyperbolic Geometry, Differential Geometry

    Awards And Honors:

    • Mina Rees Scholarship Recipient
    • CUNY Chancellor’s Certificate of Recognition for Securing Major Institutional Grant Funds
    • Hostos Community College President’s Certificate of Appreciation for Work on the Foundations of Excellence Task Force 


    Current Courses:

    Quant. Reasoning II: QRM+DV


    Introductory Vector Calculus

    Independent Study (Open Campus)