Lorraine F. Dame, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, CLI
Post-secondary Math Education, Combinatorics
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Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Victoria, 2012
M.Sc., Mathematics, University of Victoria, 2004
B.Sc., Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Victoria, 1988

As educators, one of the most important roles we play in the academic lives of our students is to provide effective leadership to them throughout the learning process.


After completing a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Victoria in 1988, I worked as a computer systems analyst
and software developer for companies including Intel. I enjoyed the training aspect of this so much that I decided to pursue
further education in mathematics to facilitate a career as a mathematics educator. I entered a graduate program at the
University of Victoria in 2001 and finished my doctorate in 2012 with experience teaching more than 30 undergraduate
courses including Introductory Statistics, Logic and Foundations, Introductory Calculus, Math for Education and the Liberal
Arts, Math for Elementary School Teachers, Mathematical Skills, Precalculus, Finite Math , Linear Algebra and Linear
Programming. Through teaching more than 1500 students to date, I have a deepened understanding of issues faced by
modern students entering undergraduate math courses.


Teaching and learning are two sides of the same coin (Ramsden, 1992). I work to ensure that my students will gain a deep
understanding and appreciation of mathematical concepts, an ability to critically analyze real life problems using
mathematical concepts, communicate these with others, and use these concepts as a foundation for future learning. I engage
students in activities that promote deep learning, work with carefully chosen course materials, encourage interaction among
students, nurture student efforts, and continue to develop my own mathematical and pedagogical skills.


My main research interest is in undergraduate math education, with a focus on students making the transition from
secondary to post secondary mathematics. This interest was developed out of a passion for excellent teaching and a desire
to improve learning success for students taking entry level undergraduate math courses. One focus of my thesis work was
to work on developing early warning indicators that a student is at-risk of an unsuccessful course outcome. I am also
interested in combinatorics research.

Selected Publications and Abstracts

Lorraine Dame, Dale Olesky and Pauline Van den Driessche, The Exponent and Circumdiameter of Primitive Digraphs,
Linear Algebra and its Applications, 396 (2005):243-258

Lorraine Dame, Michelle Edwards and Gary MacGillivray, The Relationship Between Missing Graded Course Work and
Student Outcomes in Undergraduate Math Courses, Conference Proceedings for 2009 Conference on Research in
Undergraduate Mathematics Education, Raleigh, NC.