Allegra Reiber

  • Biographical Description

    • Currently, I am serving the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics as a Lecturer in the Department of MathematicsIf you are looking for information about my role as Credit Transfer Specialist and need help with your transfer courses, click the "Math Transfer Credit" tab at the top.

      My work at DU has centered around making mathematics knowledge and applications accessible and understandable to students of all sorts. I enjoy teaching courses that access both the useful possibilities that mathematics provides, such as in calculus, and the creative possibilities it inspires, through courses such as my First-year Seminar, "Mathematics Through Fiction" and my Mathematics Foundations Seminar, "Graph Theory in the Real World." I do my best to find ways to connect the content in which these courses begin (even business calculus) to the thinking process and legacies of which my own research in topology is a part.

      I find it is my duty as an educator and mathematician to understand how mathematics is learned, understood, and used by students and professionals alike. I have had the privilege to contribute to research and innovation in curriculum development for undergraduates as well as design of professional development for K-8 teachers (through partnership with Morgridge College of Education). 

      The best aspect of working at an institution of higher learning such as DU is the ability to work in collaboration with others who similarly identify how mathematics and learning contribute to the public good, and how those whose learning we facilitate can find ownership in their knowledge and roles as citizens.

      Outside of my work at DU, I enjoy singing, watching movies, taking walks, and long, deep breaths of appreciation for life.

  • Research

    • My mathematical research is in geometric topology, specifically, the study of manifolds through homotopy-theoretic techniques. 

      Additionally, I am interested in mathematics education and how to best equip teachers to support student learning in mathematics. I hope to continue to learn and participate in this area.

  • What I'm About

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  • Office: Aspen Hall Middle Room 720B

    • As of December 2013, the Department of Mathematics is now located in Aspen Hall Middle (2280 S Vine). This linked pdf gives a map of how to get to the building. My office is on the second floor; just follow the signs.

      Allegra's Office Hours (Spring 2015)


      Monday   3:30-4:30 in Aspen Middle 720B

        10:30-11:30 in AAC room 390   ("Ray Bradbury room"--upper level, by the DVD stacks and across from the Loft classroom)

      Wednesday   10:30-11:30 in Aspen Middle 720B
      Thursday   varies by week, but at minimum, I will be available 10-11 on Thursday mornings. (and online)
        Other times    
      Online (Monday and Thursday nights)

      9-10pm at

       By appointment

      Call or email. I have some flexibility on Thursdays and Fridays,

      and I can usually find room to meet with you within 48 hours of the request.

This portfolio last updated: Mar 30, 2015 11:00:31 AM