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Kent State Stark Appoints Interim Assistant DeanPosted Aug. 28, 2013
Kent State University at Stark has recently appointed Dr. A. Bathi Kasturiarachi, as the interim assistant dean for academic affairs.
In addition to assisting Dr. Walter F. Wagor, the dean of Kent State Stark, Kasturiarachi is charged with directing and recruiting campus faculty, assisting in curriculum and program development and coordinating the course schedule on the Stark Campus. As the largest of seven Kent State University regional campuses, the Stark Campus, located in Jackson Township, enrolls more than 6,400 students annually and offers associate degrees, as well as 18 baccalaureate and three master’s degrees.
Kasturiarachi began teaching mathematics at Kent State Stark in 1995. Currently ranked as an associate professor of mathematics, he has taught courses in calculus, linear algebra, matrix theory, statistics, complex variables and mathematical analysis.
Prior to teaching at Kent State, he spent a year as an assistant professor and director of the Academic Mastery Program at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Kasturiarachi held a research position in the post-doctoral program at Duke University in North Carolina from 1993-94. From 1987-93, he held a position as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Kasturiarachi earned a bachelor’s of science degree with honors in pure and applied mathematics from the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka. He earned his doctoral degree in mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has published papers on non-linear wave theory (both integrable and non-integrable systems) and leap-frogging Newton’s Method, as well as numerous publications in mathematics education.
He is a member of the American Mathematical Association and the Mathematical Association of America. For Kent State Stark, he served as the First Year Experience coordinator for six years and coordinated the Mathematics Department for five years.
Kasturiarachi resides in North Canton with his wife, Sharon, and daughters, Brittany, Naomi and Courtney.