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Michael J. Caulfield

  • Professor
    Mathematics Department

I am a native New Yorker (Woodside, Queens) but lived in Maryland and West Virginia before coming to Gannon in 2002.  Three of my grandparents immigrated to the United States from Ireland.  My wife Stephanie and I have ten children and six grandchildren.  We home-educated all of our children through high school.  

We like to camp together in two 6-person tents.  So far we have camped throughout New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, the Carolinas, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Arizona and New Mexico.  I was a fan of Washington's NFL team for most of my life, but no longer follow professional football.  Since moving to Erie I have become a fan of MLB's Cleveland Guardians.

I was unsure of my career until, as a college senior, I was a member of a three-person team that was rated "Outstanding" in the annual Mathematical Contest in Modeling.  That led to a Teaching Assistanship in graduate school and my life as a professor and mathematician was underway.

  • Faculty Award for Excellence in Service-Learning, Gannon University, 2019
  • The President's Medal, Mount Saint Mary's University, 2013
  • The Bishop Donald W. Trautman "Feed My Sheep" award, Gannon University, 2006
  • The Kappa Delta Pi "Honor an Educator" award, Gannon University, 2003
  • The Outstanding Faculty Award, Glenville State College, 1997
  • College Algebra (Math 111)
  • Trigonometry (Math 112)
  • Calculus 1 (Math 140)
  • Calculus 2 (Math 141)
  • Applied Statistics (Math 213)
  • Discrete Math 1 (Math 222)
  • Calculus 3 (Math 242)
  • Calculus 4 (Math 243)
  • Linear Algebra (Math 252)
  • History of Math (Math 260)
  • Differential Equations (Math 304)
  • Abstract Algebra 1 (Math 309)
  • Probability and Statistics 1 (Math 312)
  • Math Modeling (Math 320)
  • Mount Saint Mary's College (now University), B.A. in Mathematics, 1985
  • University of Maryland, M.A. in Mathematics, 1988
  • West Virginia University, Ph.D. in Mathematics, "Some Properties of Full, Half, and Quarter Plane Infinite Latin Squares, Including Connections with Sequenceable Groups and Directed Graphs", 1994
  • Visiting Lecturer in Mathematics, Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD (1988-1991)
  • Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Glenville State College, Glenville, WV (1991-1996)
  • Associate Professor of Mathematics, Glenville State College, Glenville, WV (1996-2002)
  • Associate Professor of Mathematics, Gannon University, Erie, PA (2002-2012)
  • Professor of Mathematics, Gannon University, Erie, PA (2012-Present)
  • Mathematical Association of America



  • M. Caulfield, D. McCaffrey, J. Kent, "Harvesting a Grizzly Bear Population”, College Mathematics Journal 17:1 (1986), pages 34-46.

  • Co-author (with 10 others) of Mathematical Problem Solving, a textbook written  for the General Education Program and only published at Frostburg State University (1990)

  • M. Caulfield, "Full and quarter plane complete infinite latin squares", Discrete Mathematics, vol. 159 (1996), pages 251-253

  • M. Caulfield, "Évariste Galois" in Biographical Encyclopedia of Mathematicians, Donald R. Franeschetti, editor, Marshall Cavendish
  • M. Caulfield, “Hospitalization”, Fallacies, Flaws, and Flimflam #253, College Mathematics Journal, Volume 37, Number 4, (2006), page 291.

  • M. Caulfield and W. Anderson, “Napier’s Bones”, Digital Classroom Resources, Mathematical Association of America online journal, posted April 2007.

  • M. Caulfield, “Apportioning Representatives in the United States Congress,” Loci:  Convergence, Mathematical Association of America online journal, posted November 2008

  • M. Caulfield, “John Napier” in Great Lives from History:  Inventors and Inventions, Alvin K. Benson, editor, Salem Press, Pasadena, California, 2010. Pages 835-837.

  • M. Caulfield, “Emmy Noether” in Great Lives from History:  Jewish Americans, Rafael Medoff, editor, Salem Press, Pasadena, CA, 2011.  Pages 854-856.

  • M. Caulfield, “Calculus” in Salem Science: Applied Science, Donald R. Franceschetti, editor,  Salem Press, Pasadena CA, 2012.  Pages 257-261.

  • M. Caulfield, “Trigonometry” in Salem Science: Applied Science, Donald R. Franceschetti, editor,  Salem Press, Pasadena CA, 2012.  Pages 1870-1875.                                                                                                                                           

  • M. Caulfield, "What If?  How Apportionment Methods Choose Our Presidents," Mathematics Teacher Volume 106 Number 3 (2012) pages 178-183.

  • M. Caulfield, "Maine v. Mathematics:  A Tale of Reapportionment, Calculation and Indignation," The Mathematical Intelligencer Volume 38 Number 2 (2016) pages 59-64.  
  • M. Caulfield, “Improving the Student Experience Through Service-Learning,” FOCUS, Vol. 39, No. 3 (2019), pages 14-16.
  • M. Caulfield, "Decisions, Decisions: How Should The Votes Be Counted?," Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Volume 12 Issue 1 (2022), pages 387-398. DOI: 10.5642/jhummath.202201.29. Available at:
  • Co-Chair, Middle States Steering Committee
  • Interim Associate Provost, 2011-13
  • Co-Chair, Technology Advisory Committee (2011-13)
  • Past Member, Affirmative Action Committee (2011-13)
  • Past Member, Celebrate Gannon Committee (2011-16; Chair 2011-13)
  • Past Member, Distance Education Advisory Board (2011-13)
  • Past Member, Honors Advisory Committee (2010-2022)
  • Past Member, Institutional Review Team (co-Chair, 2016-18)
  • Past Member, Investment Committee for Retirement and Welfare Plans (2013-20)
  • Past Member, Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee (2011-13)
  • Past Member, Liberal Studies Committee (2019-2022)
  • Past Member, Mission and Identity Council (2003-2014)
  • Past Member, Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences Rank and Tenure Committee (Chair, 2015-16)
  • Past Member, University Academic Affairs Committee(2011-13)
  • Past member, Presidential Search Committee (2011)
  • Past member, Faculty Research Committee (2009-11)
  • Past member, Faculty Senate (2003-09)
  • Past member, Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences Academic Affairs Committee (2006-11)
  • Past Member, Ruskin Site Planning Team (2012-15)
  • Past member, Student Development Committee (2006-09)
  • Past member, Periodic Review Report Steering Committee (2007-08)
  • Past member, Student Conduct Committee (2003-06)
Michael         J. Caulfield

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