Faculty Profile: Julie Theoret
Associate Professor of Mathematics Julie Theoret came to Johnson State College in the fall of 2008. A native of Vermont (Essex Junction), Julie did her undergraduate work at the University of Vermont, where she “briefly flirted with the idea of being an engineer,” before deciding math and mathematics education were a better fit. After getting her PhD in non-associative algebra at the University of Virginia, she taught for a year at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania. She then moved on to Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, VT, where she taught for eight years.
Her Vermont roots made staying in the state attractive, and when she was offered a position at Johnson State (which was closer to her family in Chittenden County) she accepted. “I really enjoy teaching in the Vermont State Colleges system,” explains Julie. “I like the small size of the faculty and student communities, as well as the variety of students in my classes.”
Julie’s current academic research focuses on mathematics education. She and a colleague recently completed an article on incorporating online discussion in a statistics class as part of a larger writing-across-the-curriculum strategy. She expects that her future research projects will also look at different topics within mathematics education.
When not pursuing her academic interests, Julie is an avid fan of the theater — as a viewer, but also as a participant. “I was in the last two musical theater productions at Lyndon State College,” she explains. “It was really fun, as well as a great way to connect with students.” She’s excited to get involved in theater at JSC, too. “That’s another great thing about teaching at a small college — getting involved in things like theater are possible.”