Joseph P. McCollum

Associate Professor of Quantitative Business Analysis

Phone: (518) 782‑6511
Email: jmccollum@siena.edu


Degrees:

Ph.D. Mathematics University at Albany, SUNY
M.A. Mathematics University at Albany, SUNY
B.S. Mathematics University at Albany, SUNY

Bio:

I have a PhD in the area of Random Walk Theory and what that means is that I am very knowledgeable in that areas of Group Theory, Probability, and Statistics. I love to teach and I try to make each student see the beauty of the mathematics inside of real world examples. This love of mathematics can be seen in my research. I have used mathematics to form conclusions in Business Law, Economics, Marketing, and Baseball. What I want students to understand is the power of statistics and how it touches all areas of Business and Science.

What I love about Siena:

The class size at Siena is just right. It gives a professor the chance to know each of his/her students. It really helps to connect to each student so that I can create a good learning environment.

My Favorite courses to teach are:

QBUS200 is a great course to teach for it touches every degree in the School of Business. Plus, business statistics has now a Franciscan component and we get to talk about environmental issues that not only effect us financially but also effect us on a health level.

Professional Experience:

Associate Professor of Quantitative Business Analysis Siena College 2014 - Now
Assistant Professor of Quantitative Business Analysis Siena College 2008 - 2014
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Elms College 2006 - 2008
Staff Assistant University in the High School (UHS) Program at University at Albany, SUNY 2006 - 2008
Adjunct Professor in Mathematics Hudson Valley Community College 2000 - 2008
Lecturer in Mathematics University at Albany, SUNY 1998 - 2008

Office Hours:

MON:
TUE: 01:00 PM-02:30 PM
WED: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
THU: 01:00 PM-02:30 PM
FRI:

My current research:

Random Walk Theory.
Math Education.
Probability.
Group Theory.

My teaching philosophy:

My teaching style is to bring the material to the audience in a clear and straightforward manner. I use examples from the real world to clarify the abstract mathematical ideas in the Quantitative Business courses. I like to use a question and answer style of teaching so that I can judge the understanding of the whole classroom and not just a few of the students. My main goal that I strive for is that my class might be difficult but that in the end I was fair to all students.


Advanced Directives Containing Pregnancy Exclusions: Are they Constitutional?
North East Journal Of Legal Studies, vol. 34
Fall, 2015
Physician-Assisted Suicide: Moral, Ethical, and Legal Considerations
International Journal of Arts and Sciences, vol. 08
December, 2015
An Upper Bound on Random Walks on Dihedral Groups
Statistics And Probability Letters, vol. 83
August, 2013
Consumer Confidence and the Unemployment Rate in New York State: A Panel Study
New York Economic Review
2013
Consumer Confidence and the Labor Market in New York State
New York State Economics Association, vol. 5
Fall, 2012
Linking Information Literacy, Experiential Learning, and Student Characteristics: Pedagogical Possibilities in Business Education
Academy of Educational Leadership Journal, vol. 16
Fall, 2012
Hazing on College Campuses: Who is Liable?
North East Journal Of Legal Studies, vol. 26
Fall, 2011
Random Walks on Dihedral Groups
Journal of Theoretical Probability, vol. 24
June, 2011
Extension of a Random Walk on Finite Abelian Groups
International Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics, vol. 54
Fall, 2009
Generating Random Vectors in (Z_p)^d via an Affine Random Process
Journal of Theoretical Probability, vol. 21
December, 2008
category: Teaching
SCSCB, 2014

category: Teaching
SCSCB, 2010
Star Teacher Award for working with students with disabilities
category: Teaching
Elms College, 2008
Excellence in Teaching
category: Teaching
University at Albany, SUNY, 2002
Excellence in Teaching
category: Teaching
University at Albany, SUNY, 1999
Utilizing World Bank Data to Enrich the Learning of Students in all Levels of Statistics
January, 2017
Joint Mathematical Meetings, Atlant, Georgia
Utilizing World Bank Data to Enrich the Learning of Students in all Levels of Statistics
January, 2017
Joint Mathematical Meetings, Atlanta, Georgia
The Potential for OECD Members to be Global Leaders in Environmental Sustainability.
October, 2015
New York State Economics Association Annual Conference, Loundonville, New York
The Value of Human Life
June, 2015
International Conference for Academic Disciplines, Florence, Italy
Estate Planning and Advance Directives: The Duty to Inform Clients of the Pregnancy Exclusion
2014
North East Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Lenox, Massachusetts
Seasonality and Autocorrelation: The typical problem children in business statistics
January, 2013
Joint Mathematical Meetings, San Diego, California
Thoughts and Experiences of a Faculty Member in the Tutoring Center
January, 2013
Joint Mathematical Meetings, San Diego, California
Basic Statistics: From Pedagogy to Research
2013
NES/MAA meeting, Danbury, Connecticut
Consumer Confidence and the Labor Market in New York State
October, 2012
New York State Economics Association Annual Conference, Farmingdale, New York
Yes it is true! A deck of 52 cards can be randomized with 7 shuffles
April, 2012
Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, Springfield, Massachusetts
Home Run Derby Curse, Fact or Fiction
2011
Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, Saratoga, New York