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Colin Starr

Professor of Mathematics

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Contact Information

Salem Campus

Ford Hall 213
900 State Street
Salem  Oregon  97301
503-370-6977 (Fax)


PhD in Mathematics, University of Kentucky, 1998.

MS in Mathematics, University of Kentucky, 1995.

BS in Physics and Mathematics (double major), Linfield College, 1993.


I attended Linfield College, where I earned a BS double-majoring in math and physics (with a minor in music). In my senior year, I fell in love with abstract algebra and decided to pursue a career in mathematics. After 5 years in Kentucky for my MS and Ph.D. (mathematics), I taught in Texas for five years at Stephen F. Austin State University. When the opportunity arose to come home to Oregon, I jumped at it, and I have been at Willamette since 2003. My wife and I have been married for nearly 29 years and have two delightful kids. I love reading, music, college sports, and, of course, doing mathematics with fun people! My most memorable adventures include rafting down the upper Gauley River in West Virginia (in Class V+ conditions!), visiting Thailand with my wife in 2005 (pre-children!), and raising two children (ongoing...).


Most of my research is in the area of Graph Theory these days, although I also work with matroids and other interesting things that come my way. Mostly, I love working with students and colleagues on whatever I can!


Multivariable Calculus (MATH 249)

Linear Algebra (MATH 253)

Graph Theory (MATH 376)

College Colloquium, Topic: The Silmarillion (IDS 101)

Number Theory (MATH 356)


Presidential Discretionary Fund grant to create tutor-training materials for mathematics tutors, with Drs. Erin McNicholas and Kathryn Nyman (2016).

Willamette University

Mathematics Department

Ford Hall
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
503-370-6077 voice
503-370-6977 fax