The Mathematics Department congratulates John Lattanzio, Mary Lou Metz, Mavis Pararai, and Edel Reilly on their recent promotions. Metz, Pararai, and Reilly were also awarded tenure.
John Lattanzio was promoted to the rank of professor. He is a native of Kittanning, Pennsylvania, and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh in 2001. He joined the Department of Mathematics at IUP in 2002. Lattanzio's area of specialization is in graph theory, in particular the theory of graph coloring. His current activities include coauthoring a book on linear algebra and serving as chairman of the board of trustees of the Pennsylvania Faculty Health and Welfare Fund.
Mary Lou Metz was promoted to the rank of associate professor. She joined the department in 2007 after spending over 25 years teaching secondary mathematics in the public schools. Metz received her B.S.Ed. and M.Ed. in Secondary Mathematics Education from IUP and her Ed.D. in Mathematics Education from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the advisor of the IUP–Preservice Teachers of Mathematics organization and is active in several state and national mathematics education associations.
Mavis Pararai was promoted to the rank of associate professor. She joined the Mathematics Department in 2007 and holds a Ph.D. degree from Central Michigan University. Her research focuses on topics in statistics.
Edel Reilly was promoted to the rank of associate professor. She joined the Mathematics Department in 2007 after receiving her D.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She earned her M.S. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and her B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from the National University of Ireland–Galway. Prior to coming to IUP, Reilly taught middle school mathematics for 10 years and high school mathematics for three years. She teaches courses for elementary and middle level education majors. Reilly’s research focuses on mathematics and writing, middle level mathematics education, and curriculum integration.