Hi there. I'm Robert Talbert and welcome to my website.

I am a Professor in the Mathematics Department at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan USA. I teach 4-6 classes per year, keep active with research, and participate in a large department of 30+ faculty members and hundreds of math majors in a rapidly-changing world for higher education. This blog is where I put my often half-baked but always whole-hearted ideas out on display about how I am making sense of the wickedly complex issues about teaching, learning, technology, and faculty work (and sometimes broadsides on higher education as a whole).

I have an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Tennessee Technological University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics from Vanderbilt University, where I studied algebraic topology, homological algebra, and category theory under the direction of Efstratios Prassidis. Prior to GVSU, I was on the faculty at Bethel College (Indiana) and Franklin College.

I'm active as a speaker and consultant in the areas of flipped learning, teaching with technology, self-regulated learning, and other areas. To learn more about my speaking and consulting, please head over to my Speaking page.

My blog has been around in one form or another since 2005 and has had four major redesigns in that period. The redesigns affect the availability of the articles I've posted, so here's where everything is:

  • All posts from 2015--2018 are located here at this website.
  • From 2011 through 2015, my blog was hosted by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Unfortunately, the blog network at the Chronicle was closed down in 2015, and recently all the archived posts were purged. Fortunately I had a backup, and I've set up this Wordpress site for you to access all the old stuff: https://co9beta.wordpress.com/ Those posts will probably never be moved over here to the new website, sorry. Too much work.
  • Also all the posts from 2005-2015 are at that Wordpress site too, although the pre-2010 posts are embarassing, like junior high yearbook photos.

To contact me:

I used to be on Twitter, but I left the platform recently and while I still post content there via a third-party service, I no longer check replies or DM's.

To learn a little more about me and my teaching approach, here's a short video that was made by GVSU when I won the Pew Teaching With Technology award in 2015.