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Dr. Amy Ksir

USNA Mathematics

Professional Activities

I am a co-PI on the project that created the COMMIT network!  Our mission is to support regional communities of practice, primarily of undergraduate math instructors, focused on teaching mathematics with a focus on equity and inquiry.  We have resources to help you find an existing community in your region, as well as a toolkit to help you start one! 

I'm also on the leadership team of the Maryland-DC-Virginia COMMIT!  Visit our website if you want to get involved.

I am a workshop facilitator for the Academy of Inquiry Based Learning!  If you are interested in having a workshop at your campus, meeting, or other event, let me know!

I have also served on the board of the Mathematical Association of America's special interest group on inquiry-based learning (IBL SIGMAA)!

Projects in Calculus at the United States Naval Academy

In 2020, my colleagues and I published an article describing 10 years of using projects to deepen student learning in calculus courses at the Naval Academy.

  • The article is here.  Many thanks to my coauthors: Justin Allman, Noble Hetherington III, Megan Selbach-Allen, and Daphne Skipper
  • We used a lot of projects from Mairead Greene and Paula Shorter that can be found at
  • I wrote a 10-day unit introducing vectors, 3D coordinates, and dot and cross products, with the goal of writing equations for lines and planes in 3D space.  That unit has been published as a module by the Journal for Inquiry-Based Learning in Mathematics
  • Some of the shorter projects we used early on can be found at the CAPABLE website.

Standards-Based Grading

Paper with Megan Selbach-Allen, Sarah J. Greenwald, and Jill Thomley! 

Older Information

In 2013 and 2014, I had the opportunity to participate in the Annapolis Math Teachers' Circle! 

During the academic year 2010-2011, I was on sabbatical at Colorado State University!

In 2007 I gave a series of lectures at the Program for Women in Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study, based on this paper: Bashelor, Andrew, Amy Ksir, and Will Traves,  “Enumerative Algebraic Geometry: Counting Conics.”  American Mathematical Monthly, vol.115, no. 8, October 2008, pp. 701–728.  In 2009, our paper was awarded two writing awards by the Mathematical Association of America: the Merten M. Hasse Prize and the Lester R. Ford Award!

Older Papers

  1. Eid, Abdulla, Hilaf Hasson, Amy Ksir, and Justin Peachey.  “Suzuki-invariant codes from the Suzuki curve.” Designs, Codes, and Cryptography, December 2015.
  2. Joyner, David, Amy Ksir, and Caroline Grant Melles.
    Automorphism Groups on Tropical Curves: Some Cohomology Calculations.” Beiträge zur Algebra und Geometrie, 

    53(2012), No. 1, p.41-56. (2012)

  3. Glass, Darren, David Joyner, and Amy Ksir.
    Codes from Riemann-Roch spaces for y^2 = x^p – x over GF(p).” International Journal of Information and Coding Theory, Volume 1, Number 3, 2010.
  4. Joyner, David, Amy Ksir, and Will Traves.
    Automorphism groups of generalized Reed-Solomon codes.” Advances in coding theory and cryptology, (T. Shaska, W. C. Huffman, D. Joyner, V. Ustimenko, editors), World Scientific, 2007.
  5. Joyner, David, Amy Ksir, and Roger Vogeler.
    Group representations on Riemann-Roch spaces of some Hurwitz curves,” Albanian Journal of Mathematics, volume 1 number 2, June 2007. pp 67-85.
  6. Joyner, W. David and Amy Ksir,
    Modular representations on some Riemann-Roch spaces of modular curves X(N),” in Computational Aspects of Algebraic Curves, volume 13 of the Lecture Notes in Computing series. World Scientific, Singapore, 2005, pp. 163-205.
  7. Joyner, W. David and Amy Ksir,
    Automorphism groups of some AG codes,” IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, volume 52 number 7 (July 2006), pp. 3325-3329.
  8. Ksir, Amy and Russell Goodman.
    “FoxTrot Brings Mathematics to the Comics Page,” Math Horizons, November 2005, pp. 18-20.
  9. Greenwald, Sarah G., Amy Ksir, and Lawrence H. Shirley.
    “Thomas Fuller and his Calculation Ability.” The Centroid (Official publication of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics), volume 30 number 1, Spring 2004, pp. 15-19.
  10. Joyner, W. David and Amy Ksir,
    “Decomposing Representations of Finite Groups on Riemann-Roch Spaces,” to appear in Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society.
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