Mark L. Lewis



I am a professor in mathematics here at Kent State University. My area expertise is the character theory of finite groups.  The much of my research regards solvable groups, and all of my early work was in solvable groups, but lately I have also published some results regarding nonsolvable groups mostly in collaboration with Don White.  I also have dabbled a little bit with permutation groups.  A list of my papers can be at my publications.   The list of presentations I have given is at talks.  I am active in the Kent State algebra seminar.

I have been at Kent State since August 1996.  I graduated in 1990 with a BS in mathematics from Iowa State University.  (I am a third generation Iowa State graduate.) I graduated in 1995 with my Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My advisor was I. Martin Isaacs. After graduation, I returned to Iowa State as a Temporary Instructor for the 1995-1996 academic year.  I came to Kent State as a Visiting Assistant Professor for the 1996-1997 academic year.  In 1997, I was hired as an Assistant Professor.  In 2001, I was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor, and in 2007, I was promoted to Professor.

In the Fall of 1996, I taught graph theory and combinatorics, and in the spring, I had calculus I. During the 1997-1998 academic year, I taught the graduate algebra course. For the 1998-1999 academic year, I taught the honors calculus and the ring theory course. In 1999-2000, I taught a section of calculus I and a section of calculus II in the Fall, in the Spring, I again had the honors section of calculus II, and during the Summer, I had graph theory and combinatorics. For the 2000-2001 academic year, I taught modern algebra. In the fall, I also taught a section of the course we were calling math for architecture. This course has since become calculus with precalculus. In the spring, my second course was a section of linear algebra. For the 2001-2002 academic year, my responsibility was honors calculus for the whole year and two graduate courses: group theory in the Fall and character theory in the Spring. During the summer of 2002, I had a research and creative activities grant from RAGS, so I had no teaching responsibilities. In the 2002-2003 academic year, I had ring theory for the whole year. I had honors calculus I in the Fall, and linear algebra and fundamental concepts in algebra in the Spring. In the Summer 2003, I taught number theory in Summer I and calculus I in Summer II. For the 2003-2004 academic year, I had modern algebra. In the Fall, I taught calculus I. In the Spring, I taught both sections of calculus III. For Summer 2004, I again taught number theory, and also calculus II. For Fall 2004, I was on sabbatical, and in the spring of 2005, I took a research semester. I also began serving as graduate coordinator in the Spring 2005. During Summer 2005, I taught calculus II. For Fall 2005, I taught honors calculus I and ring theory. In Spring 2006, I had number theory. In Summer 2006, I taught calculus I and number theory (again). For Fall 2006, I had group theory, and for Spring 2007, I had character theory. For Summer 2007, I cotaught the MIME Number theory class with Anne Reynolds from Math Education during Summer I. In addition, I had calculus I in Summer II. My term as graduate coordinator ended with the end of the Summer 2007 term. During Fall 2007, I was on medical leave. For Spring 2008, I taught linear algebra and numbers and games. For Summer 2008, I taught calculus I in Summer II. I taught Honors calculus and the graduate algebra course during the 2008-2009 academic year. I am taking a break from teaching during the summer 2009. For the 2009-2010 academic year, I taught Calculus I and II  and the abstract algebra sequence (the undergraduate course).  Again, I took a break from teaching during the summer 2010.  For the 2010-2011 academic year, I taught Calculus I and Calculus III in the fall and the graduate ring theory sequence both semesters.  For a third time, I took a break from teaching during the summer 2011 (notice a theme here?).    For the Fall 2011, I am teaching Calc I.  In the Spring 2011, I am expecting to teach Number Theory and Modern Algebra I.




Contact Information


210 MSB





e-mail address


233 MSB

Office Hours

And by appointment

Class Schedule













Class stuff:

The university's academic dishonesty policy.

For syllabi, daily assignments, and hand in problems check the class page on Flashline.

For those studying for the Kent algebra qualifying exam, Dr. White maintains several pages that have useful information such as the sylabus, old exams, and list of problems.



I have moved my publication list to a separate page.

Conferences co-organized:

Here is a picture from the 2009 conference in Valencia:
Attendees 2009 Valencia


There also was a conference proceedings from this conference that I edited.  Here it is.

Here is the coverplate picture of Marty:

  Marty Isaacs


Other pictures:


Here is a picture of Marty with his students Steve Gagola, Jr., Tom Wolf, Jeff Riedl, and myself from when he visited Kent in 2008:


Dinner w/ Marty 2008


Here is a picture of Don White, Sean Sather-Wagstaff in the spring of 2007 during Sean's year in Kent:


Lunch in Kent 2007


Here is Don with his alpaca:


Don White



Here is my talk for Southwestern Group Theory Day 2011.Talk

Here is a page for the talks I have given.




International Journal of Group Theory:


I have become an editor at the International Journal of Group Theory.

To submit a paper one must first register in the Online Editorial System of IJGT

Here is a poster for the journal.




My pictures from the Farewell party for Sean and Joy.

If you want to see pictures of me with my family, you can become friends with me on facebook.


Kent Chorus:

(I am on the Board of the Kent Choral Society.)

The website for the Kent Chorus is here.

Here is the flyer for the Kent Chorus 2011 December concert.

Here is the flyer for the Kent Chorus 2010 December concert.

Here is the flyer for the Kent Chorus 2009 December concert.




Mark L. Lewis