A Little about Mark Mac Lean...

An assortment of things about me:

I am interested in various areas of Geometry and Analysis.

I am also interested in understanding how we undertand mathematics and I am working on projects that make use of comparative judgment to study how students learn mathematics. With some wonderful colleagues (faculty and staff), I co-developed ComPAIR, a tool for implementing comparative judgment exercises. This is an open education resource. I am currently working with colleagues in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Melbourne to study the impacts of using comparative judgment excercises on students' learning.

I was recently appointed a Principal Fellow in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the Unversity of Melbourne. (This is an honorary appointment.)

I am one of the newly elected faculty representatives on UBC's Board of Governors for the period March 1, 2020 to February 28, 2023.

I was one of the founding faculty members and taught for 17 years with UBC's Science One Program , a first year course that provides a solid introduction to Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. This team-taught program in the Faculty of Science at UBC is in its twenty-seventh year and is a great experience for both the faculty and the students.

I was the Undergraduate Chair of Mathematics from July 1, 2013 to December 31, 2019, and managed our undergraduate teaching mission with the help of the Undergraduate Committee and some key staff members in the department. We have close to 20 000 registrants in our MATH courses each year.

From 2011 to 2017, I was the Academic Director for UBC's First Year Student Initiatives, including the Jump Start Program, which is an academic transition program for new international and Aboriginal students, and Imagine UBC, which welcomes students to UBC on the first day of classes in September.

I am involved in writing children's books to encourage interest in mathematics amongst Aboriginal children. This is a project with Veselin Jungic at SFU called Math Catcher: Mathematics Through Aboriginal Storytelling. There are some wonderful animations done from the illustrations for these books. There are versions in a number of First Nations languages, including Blackfoot, Cree, Squamish, and Halq'eméylem, Sliammon, Nisgaa, Heiltsuk, and Huu-ay-aht.

I received in 2015 the Adrien Pouliot Award for my work in mathematics education and outreach by the Canadian Mathematical Society.


I enjoy cooking. This picture is taken in Eneida's kitchen in LaBarra, Colombia. Of course, Eneida is a wonderful cook herself.


Here is a picture taken at Parque Tayrona, which is on the Caribbean coast of Colombia.


Last updated: 17 January 2020.
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