About Dr. Ron Umble
I began my teaching career during the fall of 1973 as graduate teaching assistant at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. I completed my masters degree the following spring and accepted a one-year appointment at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave, VA. The following year I was hired by Hesston College in Hesston, Kansas, where I taught mathematics and computer science through the spring of 1984. For two of these nine years (fall 1979 through spring 1981), I was on a leave from Hesston College to pursue doctoral studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where I completed the research work required for the Ph.D. degree in mathematics. Following my return to Hesston in the fall of 1981, I spent a year writing my dissertation and was awarded the Ph.D. in the spring of 1983. In the fall of 1984, I accepted the position I now hold in the Department of Mathematics here at MU.
I love mathematics. There's nothing I'd rather do than think about and share mathematical ideas. I like to think of mathematical research and teaching not as work, but as my hobby. I'd do mathematics even if you didn't pay me! My door is always open. Feel free to drop by and chat whenever I'm in the office.
I have a wonderful spouse Diane, who is a professor of Communication and Theater here at MU. I have and two wonderful children, Kate and Eric. Kate is a graduate student in trumpet performance at the University of Missouri in Kansas City; Eric is an undergraduate studying clarinet performance at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. I spend my free time reading, biking, doing home renovation projects, gardening and playing tennis. I even find time to squeeze in a round of golf from time to time.