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Jeffrey Lawson

Jeffrey Lawson

Professor, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success

College of Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Computer Science

Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.2670
Office: 222 Killian Annex Building
Personal Website:
Pronouns: he/him/his


Dr. Lawson is the Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success in the Office of the Provost. He previously served as Head of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and Program Director for the Graduate Certificate in Data Science. He held previous positions at Trinity University and Wake Forest University, as well as visiting research positions at University of Surrey, Caltech, Fields Institute, and St. Mary's College of Maryland. He serves on the UNC System Math Pathways Task Force and on the Editorial Board of the American Mathematical Monthly.


  • Ph D, North Carolina State University at Raleigh, Mathematics
  • MS, University of Colorado at Boulder, Applied Mathematics
  • BS, Georgia Institute Technology-Main Campus, Physics

Teaching Interests

I am committed to the success of all WCU students, both undergraduate and graduate. I am particularly interested in retention initiatives, both responsive and proactive. I enjoy teaching pure and applied mathematics at all levels, from first-year students to graduate students. I embrace the opportunity to share with all my students the beauty of geometry and the utility of mathematical modeling.

Research Interests

Differential geometry, symplectic geometry, and geometric mechanics, with applications in classical mechanics and field theories. Mathematical modeling in physics, engineering, and biology. The teaching and learning of mathematics. Success in first-year mathematics courses.

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