Our Faculty

Heather Pierce

Lecturer, Department of Mathematics

Contact Information


Office Hours

Office: Cardinal Cushing Library, Room G-19

Office hours: Monday and Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.; Friday, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.; by appointment also

About Me

For as long as I can remember, I enjoyed math. When in high school in Texas, I competed in several mathematical competitions every year. When going to college, I wanted to be a doctor. Since I always enjoyed math, I decided to be Math/Pre-Med. Upon studying, I decided I would rather attend graduate school in mathematics than go to medical school. During graduate school, I found my passion for teaching as well.

What I Love About Emmanuel

I am fairly new to the University, but I love how close the Mathematics Department is. Both the faculty and students work well together. In addition, I love being a part of the larger Colleges of the Fenway, which offers additional opportunities to many of our students.

Courses + Curriculum

  • Math 1101 - College Algebra
  • Math 1112 - Calculus II
  • Math 1117 - Introduction to Statistics
  • Math 2101 - Linear Algebra

Publications + Presentations

  • Using Technology to Bring Ancient Teaching Techniques into the Modern World: Joint Mathematics Meetings 2016, Seattle, WA, January 6-9, 2016.
  • The Jones Polynomial and its Properties: Texas Section Mathematical Association of America 90th Annual Meeting, Abilene, TX, April 8-10, 2010.
  • An Introduction to the Jones Polynomial: Texas Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, Huntsville, TX, November 7, 2009.

Research Focus

My research is primarily Knot Theory, with an emphasis on Algebraic Topology, Geometric Topology, and Geometric Group Theory. I am an Algebraist by training, but have expanded to Topology as my research has continued. I am interested primarily in the space formed through knots and what these different spaces look like.