Carol Gee is Associate Professor of Mathematic and Department Chair.  Her research interests include low-dimensional topology, knot theory, and the scholarship of teaching and learning -- in particular, inquiry-based learning, specifications-based and standards-based grading, flipped classrooms, and teaching with technology. 

In addition to her role at St. Edward's, Carol is mom to four wonderful kids.  Most of her hobbies these days center around family life, kids' activities, and scouting, but other past and present hobbies include:  pysanky (Ukrainian egg decoration), lampworking (small glass sculptures and marbles), crochet, bicycling (including two MS-150s a very long time ago), rock-climbing (where she met her husband), reading, cooking, and traveling. 

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor (tenured 2015)                                                                                           2012 - present
  • Assistant Professor                                                                                                                            2006 - 2012
  • VIGRE Visiting Research Assistant Professor, University of California -- Davis         2004 - 2006

Year Started



  • Ph.D. in Mathematics at Rice University, Houston, Texas, 2004
  • B.S. in Mathematics (with concentration in Computer Science) at University of Dallas, Irving, Texas, 1999.

Achievement & Involvement

Honors and Awards

  • Innovation Fellowship, St. Edward's University, 2014
  • MAA Project NExT Fellowship, 2006 - 2007
  • Phi Beta Kappa, inducted 1999
  • Goldwater Fellowship, 1998



My research interests include low-dimensional topology and knot theory, inquiry-based learning, and teaching with technology. Research projects with undergraduates have included topics in knot theory, graph theory, game theory, abstract algebra, and hyperbolic geometry.  

External Grants

Active Grants

  • National Science Foundation S-STEM grant (NSF DUE-1356496), Rewarding Achievement in Mathematics and Science, 2014-2019, $607,830.  Role:  co-PI.
  • Educational Advancement Foundation grant to develop and pilot new course "Inquiry & Proof"  6/1/2014-5/30/2017, $15,960.  Role:  Primary Investigator.

Publications & Articles


  • C. Gee. Strong S-equivalence of ordered links, Journal of Knot Theory and its Ramifications [17 (2008), no. 8], 961--981.
  • J. Callahan and C. Gee, Assessing Online Homework in Mathematics for Liberal Arts, Proceedings of the 2014 Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning,