Kathryn Weld, PHD

Kathryn Weld, PHD


Department : Mathematics

Email : kathryn.weld@manhattan.edu

Phone : 718-862-7152

Office : RLC 201C


PHD, CUNY: The Graduate Center
BA, SUNY Potsdam


Kathryn Weld is a mathematician and a poet living just north of New York City. She received h her PH.D. (in Algebraic Topology) from the CUNY Graduate Center, and her M.F.A. from Sewanee School of Letters. She has published research articles in Algebraic Topology and Algebraic Graph Theory. A member of the Editorial Board of PRIMUS: Problems, Resources, Issue in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies, she was a guest editor for the PRIMUS: Special Issue on Capstone Courses. In addition to the capstone course, her pedagogical interests include mathematical biology and inquiry based learning. A finalist for the Gerhart Poetry Prize, her poems are forthcoming in the Midwest Quarterly, the Southeast Review, the Bellevue Literary Review and Storyscape Journal. She enjoys backpacking, peak bagging and canyoneering, and spends summers in a rustic family home in the Adirondacks.

Professional Experience

  • 2013-2014: Chair, Department of Mathematics, Manhattan College
  • 1992-present: Assistant-Associate-Full Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science, Manhattan College, Riverdale NY
  • 1994-1999: Department Chair, Mathematics and Computer Science, Manhattan College.
  • 1984-1988: Assistant Professor, Mathematics, Baruch College, CUNY, New York, NY

Publications & Professional Activities


  • Rash, A. and Weld, K. Editors. PRIMUS: Special Issue on Capstone Courses, May 10, 2013.
  • Rash, A. and Weld, K. The Capstone Course: Origins, Goals, Methods and Issues. PRIMUS, Special Issue on the Capstone Course. May 10, 2013, pp. 291-296.
  • Gerhardt, I, and Weld, K. One Size Can Fit All: A Problem Solving Capstone Course. PRIMUS, Special Issue on the Capstone Course. May 10, 2013, pp. 326-346

  • McCabe, J. and Weld, K. Automorphisms of Cayley Graphs, and Irregular Groups. Australasian Journal of Combinatorics Vol. 51 (2011) pp. 157–173.

  • Goldstone, R.; McCabe, J. Weld, K.. Ambiguous Groups and Cayley Graphs: A Problem in Differentiating Between Opposites. Mathematics Magazine, VOL. 83, NO. 5, DECEMBER 2010 pp 347—358.

  • Goldstone, R. and Weld, K. Graphically Abelian Groups, Discrete Mathematics 310 (2010), pp. 2806-2810
  • McCabe, J. and Weld, K. On an Inverse Cayley Problem, Australasian Journal of Combinatorics. Volume 45, October 2009. pp. 263-276
  • Weld, K: Book review: Count Down, Six Kids Vie for Glory at the Worlds Toughest Math Competition, by Steve Olsen. Reviewed for “READ THIS”, MAA Reviews on-line, November 9 2004. http://www.maa.org/reviews/countdown.html 
  • Weld, Kathryn. Using Perfect Problems to Enhance Cooperative Learning in Abstract Algebra, PRIMUS, Sept. 1999.
  • Weld, Kathryn. Splines and Roller Coasters: A Calculus Project with Maple. PRIMUS. June 1996
  • Weld, K.  Computability, Homotopy, and Twisted Cartesian Products; Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society, vol. 108, no 4, p. 1073-1076. April, 1990.
  • Weld, K. Computability of Homotopy Groups of Nilpotent Complexes, Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra, vol. 48, p. 39-53. Jan. 1987. 
  • Weld, K. Book Review: “Mathematics, the Loss of Certainty”, by Morris Kline. Material for Thought, Far West Publishers. Fall, 1986.
  • Weld, K.  "Why Do Mathematics?" In-house publication, SUNY Potsdam, 1985. 

Conference Papers

  • Calculus with Maple: Evaluation and Evolution. R. Farley, P. Tiffany and K. Weld. Proceedings of the 11th Annual Eastern Colleges Conference on Computing. Oct. 1995.
  • Calculus with Maple, an Evolving Process. R. Farley, C. Hurwitz, C. Stolze, T. Smith, P. Tiffany and K. Weld. Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on the Use of Technology in Education. Nov. 1994. Orlando, Fla.
  • The Manhattan College Maple Project, K. Weld. Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education Conference, June 1995.
  • Using Maple in the Calculus Sequence. R. Farley, C. Stolze, T. Smith, P. Tiffany, and K. Weld. Proceedings of the ASCUE Conference. Myrtle Beach, S.C. June 1994.
  • A Computer Based Course in Differential Equations. C. Stolze, T. Smith and K. Weld.  Proceedings of the ASCUE Conference. Myrtle Beach, S.C., June 1993.

Talks Given

  • Rationality as a Threshold for the Evolution of Cooperation, Mathfest, August 2010, Pittsburgh PA.
  • On Groups Admitting a Cayley Prism Map, Special Session on Graph Theory at Mathfest, Portland Oregon, August 8, 2009.
  • Ambiguous Groups and Cayley Graphs, Marist Mathematics Seminar, Marist College, Poughkeepsie NY, April 25, 2008
  • Mathematical Truth, Reality and the Poetic Imagination, Invited talk delivered to Firehouse Craftsmen, Sparkill NY, February 23, 2008
  • A Note on Graphically Abelian Groups, Special Session on Graph Theory at Mathfest, San Diego Ca. August 2, 2007.
  • Ambiguous Groups, Cayley Graphs and Mirrors, Invited Talk, Beloit College Mathematics Colloquium, Feb 22, 2007
  • Making Beauty Out of Almost Nothing: Symmetry Groups and Tilings, Honors Enrichment Colloquium, Manhattan College, September 2005.
  • Project NEXT Panel Discussion on Undergraduate Research,  National Meeting of the AMS-MAA, January 2004, Phoenix AZ
  • Outreach Programs for Women and Girls: Early Lessons from Math Zone, NYSMATC regional meeting, Oct. 22, 2000 Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY 
  • Mathzone, Poster Session “Outreach Programs for Women and Girls, National Meeting of the AMS-MAA, Washington D.C, January 19, 2000. 
  • Assessing Technology as a Teaching Tool: Panel Discussion, 10th International Conference on Technology in College Mathematics, Nov 3, 1996, Chicago, Ill.
  • Accreditation of Computer Science and the Small College, Panel Discussion. Eastern Small Colleges Conference on Computing North East,  Northeastern University, Boston, MA , April 1996
  • The Manhattan College Maple Project, Annual Meeting of the American Society of Engineering Education, Anaheim, California; June, 1995.
  • Computability of Homotopy Groups, An Overview of Computability Problems in Algebraic Topology, Seminar in General Topology and Topological Algebra, The City College of CUNY, December 13, 1990


  • The Permanence of Shoes, Midwest Quarterly, Special Issue: The Living and The Dead, March 2014
  • Making Sense, The Storyscape Journal, Dec. 2013
  • Summer 1960, The Storyscape Journal, Dec. 2013
  • Pastel on Old Rag, The Storyscape Journal, Dec. 2013
  • Seedbed,  Southeast Poetry Review,  Feb, 2014
  • Staying and Going, Bellevue Literary Review, Spring, 2014.
  • Roots, Midwest Quarterly, Special Issue: Trash and Treasure, September 2014.
  • Waking Light, Midwest Quarterly, Special Issue, Work and Play, to appear.

Honors & Awards

Finalist, The Gearhart Poetry Prize, 2013

Finalist, The Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry, 2014.

Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry
Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry

Professional Memberships

  • American Mathematical Society
  • Mathematical Association of America


  • Spuyten Duyvil Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, Grant from the NSF- MAA , 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010
  • A Mathematics Club for Middle School Girls, C. Fitzpatrick and K. Weld, Awarded by the Tensor Foundation with the MAA. June 1999-June 2000. Renewed 2000-2001.
  • The Creation of a Computer Based Differential Equations Course. Pew Sciences Foundation. 1992-93. Written by J De Franza, C. Stolze and K. Weld.  Principal Investigators: J. DeFranza, D. Giarruso, C. Stolze and T. Smith and K. Weld. Joint project with St. Lawrence University.
  • A Computer Based Statistics Course for Biology Majors, Summer Research Grant. 1992. Manhattan College Howard Hughes Grant.
  • Reforming the Major, Manhattan College School of Arts and Sciences grant proposal, Association of American Colleges, summer 1992, written by L. Basch, L. Panaro and K. Weld. 


MFA in Creative Writing, School of Letters, University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn. May, 2013


Courses Taught/Teaching

  • Math 155-156 Calculus for Life Science I-II
  • Math 185-186 Calculus I-II
  • MATH 285 Intermediate Calculus
  • MATH 377 Algebra I
  • Math 464 Topology
  • Math 489 Problem Seminar