Dr. Jessica Sorrells joined the department in 2015 as an assistant professor and teaches courses across the mathematics curriculum. Since her arrival at Converse, she has taught a wide range of courses, including Number Theory, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Real Analysis, Differential Equations, single and multivariable calculus, and Elementary Functions. In 2017 Dr. Sorrells became chair of the Mathematics & Computer Science department.
Dr. Sorrells is a 2015-2016 Mathematical Association of America Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) fellow. As part of this program, she attended and organized mathematics education workshops at three national mathematics conferences. In particular, she is passionate about teaching with inquiry-based learning methods and has given presentations on her experiences designing inquiry-based courses at several regional and national conferences. In 2019 Dr. Sorrells was awarded the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) excellence in teaching award.
The current primary research interest of Dr. Sorrells is using graph theory to study self-assembly of DNA nanostructures, for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics at Brown University. She enjoys mentoring undergraduate research projects and bringing students along to conferences.
Before arriving at Converse, Dr. Sorrells earned her PhD and MS in mathematics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa and a BA in mathematics from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. At the University of Iowa, she was recognized with an Outstanding Teaching Assistant award and served as chair of the math graduate board.
In her free time, Dr. Sorrells enjoys reading, yoga, cooking, and exploring the Carolinas. Her mathematical hero is Emmy Noether.