Steven Alexander Gubkin, Dr.
 Title: Asst College Lecturer AAUP
 Dept: Mathematics
 Office: RT 1555
 Phone: 216-523-7324
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. RT 1555, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Ph.D., Mathematics, Ohio State University, 2015
Brief Bio:
My high school Calculus teacher, Jim Voytas, was completely transformative in my life.  He worked so hard for every single one of his students.  He was devoted to providing a deep academic experience which was also deeply personal.  I decided to pursue mathematics teaching professionally as a result of this early experience in high school.  He showed me what it really meant to understand something well, and I wanted to share that experience with others.  He also cared about me deeply and supported my personal growth, which is one of the most important gifts someone can give you. Knowing that I could pay that forward as a teacher inspired me.

I earned a mathematics major at CWRU and later a Ph.D. in mathematics at Ohio State University in the field of Several Complex Variables under Jeff McNeal. Jeff was a great mentor who gave me room to play and grow mathematically in a really beautiful way.  He never thought any of my questions were too trivial, and was always willing to dive deep into the reasoning and intuition behind the mathematics we were studying.  His teaching was also a great inspiration to me:  it did not have the grueling intensity of my time with Voytas.  Instead it felt like an invitation into a beautiful new world.  Learning to balance the need for rigor against the need to inspire wonder has been a tension that I have enjoyed exploring ever since.

I was also inspired by my friendship with Jim Fowler, another professor at Ohio State.  We collaborated on several open online education projects, including Calculus and Multivariable calculus projects.  His passion for pedagogical experimentation is a large influence on my teaching.

I joined Cleveland State in Fall 2016, where I have had the privilege to share mathematics with a lot of students.  I teach courses in pure mathematics across the full spectrum of such courses we offer.  I have a particular fondness for teaching courses for future educators.  

I have also been happy to supervise many senior projects, and two Master's exit projects.  These more personal experiences, which are more like mathematical apprenticeship, have been  a joy to me.