Muhlenberg College

Dr. Linda McGuire Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

Professor of Mathematics
Director, Faculty Center for Teaching

Trumbower 125
484-664-3351 (Phone)
484-664-3546 (Fax)


B.S., Seton Hall University
Ph.D., Stevens Institute of Technology

I am originally from Mount Tabor, NJ, a small lake community replete with gingerbread houses, an adorable little library and a community tabernacle. It has a historic heritage that is being proudly preserved. Growing up there I developed an appreciation for what it means to be a member of a community. Seeking such a connection in my adult life, I consider myself lucky to have become a member of the Muhlenberg College community. I now live in eastern PA and am a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. 

I am a mathematician interested in how mathematics helps us understand our world and ourselves. While I advocate studying mathematics for its own sake (it really is super fun when you get to know it), I fully appreciate how mathematics enlightens and facilitates progress in areas such as business, medicine, science, engineering and industry. I am also a mathematics educator interested in understanding how mathematical concepts are best communicated and how the study of mathematics helps students develop their abilities to think and communicate clearly and creatively. I enjoy teaching a broad spectrum of courses across the mathematics curriculum. It has also been fun to develop first-year seminar and cluster courses that emphasize analytical thinking and writing.

My mathematical interests are in Combinatorics and Graph Theory, especially applied problems that require graphical models. I enjoy working on questions of optimal design for structures such a mass transit systems, communication systems and computer networks. I have growing interests in applied statistics, mathematical modeling and applied linear algebra. I enjoy putting energy into undergraduate problem-solving, undergraduate research and games and puzzles with mathematical connections. Teaching is what I love doing most, so I also focus research and writing efforts on mathematical pedagogy.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, writing, hiking, yoga, dancing, old movies, concerts and theater, experimental cooking and spontaneous travel adventures. My activities are always enhanced when they include spending time with friends and family.

Mathematics Courses taught:

Topics in Mathematics, Statistical Methods, Fundamentals of Mathematics, Statistical Analysis, Calculus I, II, and III, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Transition to Abstract Mathematics, Discrete Mathematics, Applied Math and Modeling, Mathematical Statistics I and II, Combinatorics and Graph Theory and The Matrix Revisited. 

First-Year Seminars taught:

New York Wit: A Case for the Algonquin, Whodunnit?