Karl J. Smith received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in mathematics from UCLA. In 1968, he moved to northern California to teach mathematics at Santa Rosa Junior College, where he taught until his retirement in 1993. Along the way, he served as department chair, and he received a Ph.D. in 1979 in mathematics education at Southeastern University. A past president of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, Professor Smith is active nationally in mathematics education. He was the founding editor of the Western AMATYC News, a chairperson of the Committee on Mathematics Excellence, and an NSF grant reviewer. In 1979 he received an Outstanding Young Men of America Award, in 1980 an Outstanding Educator Award, and in 1989 an Outstanding Teacher Award. Professor Smith is the author of over 60 successful textbooks. Over two million students have learned mathematics from his textbooks.
Monty Strauss has been on the mathematics faculty at Texas Tech University for almost forty years. He has a Ph.D. from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University and has taught all levels of mathematics at Texas Tech, from precollege mathematics to doctoral level. He particularly has enjoyed working with honors students and with mathematics and engineering majors. Among his administrative assignments have been departmental undergraduate programs chair and departmental associate chair.
Magdalena Toda holds a PhD in Mathematics from University of Kansas and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from University Politehnica Bucharest. She is employed as a Professor of Mathematics at Texas Tech University, in Lubbock, TX, where she has served as interim chairperson between 2015-2016, and as department chairperson since 2016.
She has authored and co-authored 35 refereed articles, in the areas of differential geometry and geometric PDEs, and has served as an editor for a research monograph that appeared in 2017. She has extensive experience in teaching Calculus, in both the traditional, face-to-face format (since 1995), and online (since 2011). She is a recipient of 6 teaching awards (2 at University of Kansas and 4 at Texas Tech University - including the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2008).