Math 598, Fall, 2021

Deptartment of Mathematics and Statistics, Washington University


Syllabus for Math 598 

Mathematical Professional Development

Instructor: Steven G. Krantz

Classroom: The course will meet on Mondays from 4:00pm to 4:50pm in Cupples II, L011.

e-mail address:

Office: 103, Cupples I

Office Hour: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 2:00pm to 3:00pm.

You can send me questions by email at any time.

Phone: (510) 875-8972

Dept. Office: 100, Cupples I

Dept. Phone: (314) 935-6760

Course Home Page:


Course Description: The purpose of this course is

to provide an introduction to the mathematics profession.

We will discuss life in a mathematics department,

the professorial ranks, tenure, and the duties of a faculty member.

We will talk about how to get tenure and how not to get tenure.

We will discuss the roles of teaching, research, and service in departmental life.

Mostly I hope that we will talk to each other a lot and have many

stimulating discussions.



Textbook: Steven G. Krantz, A Mathematician's Survival Guide,

American Mathematical Society, 2004.

Elements of the Course:

There will be no exams and no homework in this course. I may assign class members to give presentations on certain topics. I may also assign some short papers.

Be familiar with this Web page. This is where course announcements will be posted,