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As of November 17th, 2020, all credit classes are moving back to an all-online academic platform. All intercollegiate athletics activities will also shut down as of that date. Residence halls will remain open as planned through Tuesday, November 24th unless a change in the COVID situation requires a change in the College’s housing strategy.

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Garrett College will open at 10:00 am today, December 2, 2020. All classes and activities with a start time at or after 10:00am will meet as scheduled. Virtual classes with a start time before 10:00am will not meet unless otherwise stated by the professor/instructor. Campus will be accessible 45 minutes before the opening time. Essential employees report as scheduled. 

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Jeffrey Reitz

Jeff Reitz

Professor of Mathematics

301-387-3019
jeff.reitz@garrettcollege.edu

Jeff Reitz

Professor of Mathematics

Academic area: Mathematics and Statistics

Bio:

A native of Pennsylvania, I had lived in upstate New York and in Alabama before coming to Garrett County, where I have put down roots. My house is a twenty-minute walk from the college, and I typically walk to and from work every day, even on the coldest days of winter. Prior to my career in education I had worked in the landscaping business. I am passionate about landscape design – it’s an artistic pursuit that counterbalances my cool mathematical side. My one-acre property is my canvas, and in the summer you will often find me working long days with a pick, shovel, and wheelbarrow creating the landscape of my dreams.

Academic Degrees

  • A.S. Horticulture, Temple University at Ambler
  • B.S. Mathematics, Penn State University
  • M.A., Ph.D. Mathematical Sciences, State University of New York

Teaching

  • College Algebra
  • Introductory Statistics
  • Precalculus
  • Calculus
  • Differential Equations

Research Interest

My interest is in reforming the general education mathematics curriculum so that it better serves the needs of students in a wide variety of disciplines. I advocate the teaching of quantitative reasoning, a thinking tool that is essential for fully understanding the social, economic, and environmental issues of the day. By stressing interdisciplinary connections and problem solving in real-world contexts, I hope students will come to appreciate the value of mathematics in their academic, professional, and civic lives.

Interests

  • Landscaping and landscape design
  • Outdoor activities such as hiking, bicycling, kayaking, and swimming
  • Bird watching and nature study
  • Music of all sorts
  • Singing
  • Spiritual practices
  • Professional sports, particularly the NFL