Professor of Mathematics,
Dean of the Graduate School,
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
PhD in Mathematics, University of South Carolina (1993).
BS in Mathematics and Physics, New Mexico Tech (1987).
Dr. Sisson teaches the full range of math courses at LSUS, with emphasis on the upper-level courses for math majors. In the 1990's he became very active in incorporating the use of multimedia computers into math instruction, and designed a seven credit course which integrates the teaching of college algebra and first-semester calculus and makes intensive use of math software. In 1996-97 he received the funding for, and built, two multimedia computer labs for student use at LSUS. These two labs, with a total of 30 computers, are now used daily by LSUS students taking mathematics at all levels. (For a more complete list of Dr. Sisson's grant activities, click here.)
Dr. Sisson's research interests are in several areas of analysis, with specialization in functional analysis. However, working and teaching with undergraduates (along with a desire to have fun) inspires adventures into other areas. All of this is reflected in some of his publications, which are listed HERE.
For a few of Paul Sisson's in-person presentations, look HERE.
Wavelets and Mathematical Art is an upper-level course developed by Dr. Sisson. It introduces the recent wavelet processing techniques used in image analysis and compression/decompression algorithms. In order to remind students of basic complex number facts and to introduce the Mathematica programming procedures used in the class, a mathematical art-generating algorithm is presented and explored. The resulting images are then used as the test subjects for analysis and processing techniques. (See "Math Meets Art" on the list of presentations linked above.)
In 2008, Paul was honored with the Chancellorís Distinguished Service Award at LSUS.