Dr. Ronald Buelow
Associate Professor of Mathematics

Wisconsin Lutheran College
 Science Hall, Room S143
414-443-8553

ron.buelow@wlc.edu

 
God's Blessings
The Lord has been very bountiful in his blessings to me and my family. I am thankful, excited and amazed to be serving Him as a professor in a college dedicated to proclaiming the "one thing needful." I must continually go to Him for guidance, support, and foundation.
Family
My family has been very supportive and active in my years of teaching and service to the Lord. My wife, Marilyn; my sons Zachary and Luke; and my daughters Sarah and Rachel are precious gifts from above. I dearly love them and thank God for them.
Holy Scripture
I believe that all scripture is given by inspiration from God himself and is God's truth. The most important Biblical truth is that Jesus Christ has earned salvation for us all with his living sacrifice on the cross. Special passages which have helped to shape my research and teaching are:
Psalm 33:4 (KJV): "For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth."
Romans 1:20 (NIV): "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse."
Phillipians 4:8 (NIV): "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things."
Philosophy
of Education
I don’t care what the subject is, God’s truth must be integrated with the subject matter, or the subject matter is incomplete. For me, and the subject of mathematics, this has meant 30 years of research, the beginning of a book and 7multimedia presentations.  As Christian educators we must bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. By far, the greatest gift we can give our students is the clear vision that all truth is God’s truth.

Education is hard work. It is hard work for the teacher, and it is hard work for the learner. Those people who are willing and able to work hard and long at teaching and learning will succeed. It is for this reason that I think the best teachers are those who had to (or wanted to) work hard as students. Tell me what line of work does not want people who are willing and able to work hard! Students are not naturally in this hard work mode.

Giving students guidelines and hints and habits that will lead them to see the value of hard work and active learning will be some of the greatest gifts that teachers can give to students. Another great gift that can be given to students is personal enthusiasm and excitement. Teachers need to let their feelings about what they are teaching show. Tell them about your personal excitement at certain moments of insight. Better yet, try to recreate the moment of insight, and help them to feel the same exhilaration.

I expect a lot from my students because I believe it is my responsibility to help students reach for their maximum potential. But for this system to work, I have to expect a lot from myself too, and I must deliver. A large part of this is being available for my students at any time. Students should be able to ask me about their work at any time.

Research
My research has centered around three main areas: (1) Exploring new ways to effectively teach mathematics (especially using computer technology); (2) Studying mathematical applications with the aim to bring more applications into my teaching, and (3) Studying mathematical beauty and precision in God's creation. A brief history on this third type of research follows:
In 1977 I stumbled on some information related to patterns in God's creation.. I investigated further, studied God’s Word related to His creation, and have not been able to stop researching the topic for 23 years. I am writing a book on the topic and have developed and refined seven multimedia presentations on the subject, all aimed at better showing the power and knowledge of our God. The book and multimedia presentations are called Divine Design.
Experience

Current:

WISCONSIN LUTHERAN COLLEGE, MILWAUKEE, WI
Associate Professor of Mathematics (July, 2006-present)

  • Teacher of: Elementary Statistics (MAT 117)
  • Teacher of: Mathematics for Life (MAT 116)
  • Teacher of: Precalculus (MAT 120)
  • Teacher of: Survey of Calculus (MAT 210)
  • Teach of: Online Calculus I (MAT 221)

MARTIN LUTHER COLLEGE, NEW ULM, MN
Adjunct Faculty Member for Master of Science in Education degree program (2005-present)

  • Developed graduate course: Improving Instruction in Mathematics and Science

NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY, FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
Adjunct Faculty Member for Fischler Graduate School of Education (2003-present)

Past:

BETHANY LUTHERAN COLLEGE, MANKATO, MN
Mathematics Professor (July, 1998-2006)

  • Teacher of: Intermediate Algebra (2 semesters)
  • Teacher of: College Algebra (3 semesters)
  • Teacher of: Trigonometry (3 semesters)
  • Teacher of: Foundations of Mathematics (2 semesters)
  • Teacher of: Calculus I (4 semesters)
  • Teacher of Calculus II (3 semesters)
  • Teacher of Linear Algebra (1 semester)
  • Developer and teacher of : Online Calculus I (5 semesters)
  • Development of New Course: Mathematical Problem Solving
  • Development of New Course: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers
  • Teacher of: Mathematical Problem Solving (15 semesters)
  • Developer of complete World Wide Web course sites for all of the above courses
  • Faculty Chairman (2003-2004)
  • Served as the interim webmaster for the Bethany Lutheran College website (summer, 2000)
  • Member of the Information Technology Policy Committee

MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY, MANKATO, MN
Adjunct Mathematics Professor (2001-2006)

  • Teacher of: Precalculus (2 semesters)
  • Teacher of: College Algebra (6 semesters)

SOUTH CENTRAL COLLEGE, NORTH MANKATO, MN
Adjunct Mathematics Professor (2001-2003)

  • Teacher of: College Algebra (4 semesters)

ST. JACOBI LUTHERAN SCHOOL, GREENFIELD, WI
Educational Technology Consultant (1998)

  • Led faculty in analysis of technology needs.
  • Made a “Technology Possibilities” presentation to the faculty.
  • Produced a 3 year technology plan for the school.

KENOSHA COUNTY (WISCONSIN) DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Educational Consultant (Summers of 1995, 1996, and 1997)

  • Supervised the digitization of county deeds records.
  • Helped design special user interface for custom applications software.
  • Designed and wrote user manual for custom applications software.
  • Designed and conducted on-the-job training for clerks using custom applications software.
  • Designed and conducted personal training in various windows applications for county executives and employees.

WISCONSIN LUTHERAN COLLEGE, MILWAUKEE, WI
Adjunct Professor of Mathematics (August, 1994-May, 1998)

  • Teacher of: College Algebra (5 semesters)
  • Teacher of: Trigonometry (4 semesters)
  • Teacher of: A Survey of Calculus (2 semesters)
  • Teacher of:  Teaching Strategies in the Major (Mathematics) (1 semester)
  • Teacher of:  Elementary Statistics (3 semesters)
  • Teacher of:  Mathematics for Life (1 semester)
  • Member of: Multimedia Committee – task to help college faculty incorporate multimedia and computer technology into their teaching and courses.

SHORELAND LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL, SOMERS, WI
Teacher of Mathematics & Computer Science, Director of Technology (July, 1988-June, 1998)

  • Coordinator of Administrative Computing. Conducted needs assessments, equipment analysis, coordinated purchases, determined network needs, installed equipment, trained staff. Wrote extensive package of school administrative software. 
  • Coordinator of Academic Computing. Conducted needs assessments, equipment analysis, coordinated purchases, determined network needs, installed equipment, maintained equipment on-site, assisted staff and faculty members.
  • Chaired Technology Committee: committee advised on future directions of technology to support the school’s mission.
  • Developer of complete World Wide Web Algebra II Course Site.
  • Classroom Mathematics Teacher: Teacher of Pre-Calculus I, Pre-Calculus II, Algebra II, Algebra I
  • Chaired Computer Science Department
  • Classroom Computer Science Teacher: Teacher of Basic Programming I & II, Computers & Technology, Computer Applications

MICHIGAN LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL, ST. JOSEPH, MI
Principal, Teacher, Director of Technology (July 1977-July, 1988)

  • Principal (4 years)
  • Vice Principal (2 years)
  • Chair of Mathematics Department (11 years)
  • Teacher of Mathematics: Taught Pre-Calculus, Algebra II, Geometry (11 years), Math for Life (3 years)
  • Teacher of Computer Science: Taught BASIC Programming, Advanced BASIC Computer Programming (8 years)

SILOAH LUTHERAN SCHOOL, MILWAUKEE, WI
Principal and Teacher (July, 1970-June, 1977)

  • Principal (3 years)
  • Teacher, grade 8 (7 years)
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