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Stephen Watson

Stephen Watson

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Stephen Watson
Full Professor
Chair - Mathematics and Statistics


Mathematics and Statistics


Office Location Ross Building, N513

Interests as Chair

Student recruitment, international students, data science program, curriculum development, service courses, student success (retention), teaching quality and innovation, teaching assistants, graduate students, part-time faculty, post-doctoral fellows, departmental research accomplishments, departmental staff, helping students, experiential learning, recognition of department members, industrial collaboration, workload issues, well-being of department members, departmental and faculty budget, office facilities and moving to a new building.

Teaching Interests

My goal is to help students raise their mathematical skills, understanding, and confidence from whatever level these are at when they start my class. My greatest pleasure is when students feel comfortable asking questions and when everyone gains something from the subsequent discussion.

Research Interests

Fields represented include topology, analysis, probability, logic, combinatorics, category theory, algebra, machine-proving, information theory, utility theory, and choice functions. My research area since 2015 is mathematical economics - specifically on preferences and choice functions.


Mathematical Economics

Research Areas

Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics

UN Goals

Decent Work and Economic Growth, Good Health and Well-being, Industry Innovation and Infrastructure, Quality Education, Reduced Inequalities