this is me

Steven Clontz is a mathematician, professor, and puzzle designer based out of the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. His puzzles and games have been featured at such venues as the National Museum of Mathematics in New York City. His published research specializes in the intersection of topology and game theory, characterizing the structure of topological spaces by the amount of information required to win at certain games. Dr. Clontz uses active learning techniques such as Inquiry-Based and Team-Based Learning in his classrooms to allow his students discover mathematics for themselves rather than blindly memorizing algorithms without understanding why. He also serves as director of Mathematical Puzzle Programs, which designs and organizes puzzle events at college campuses and math camps across the world.

Contact and Calendar

The quickest way to reach out to me is by steven.clontz@gmail.com or on Twitter. (Students: please only use my South email address sclontz@southalabama.edu for class-related communications.) You can also mail or visit my office at the following address.

Department of Mathematics and Statistics
University of South Alabama
411 University Boulevard North, ILB #314
Mobile, AL 36688-0002

If you’re coming by the office, I usually maintain a roughly 9-5 schedule on days with scheduled classes or office hours. However, due to meetings and travel, your best bet is to come by my scheduled office hours listed on the below calendar. You can also schedule an appointment by emailing me.

Curriculum Vitae / Resume

You can find out more about my work in the various areas above by clicking on their links. I also maintain my curriculum vitae on GitHub: https://github.com/StevenClontz/cv/.


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I grew up in the suburbs outside Huntsville, Alabama, graduating from Buckhorn High School. Following that I spent eleven years at Auburn Univeristy, eventually earning my PhD in mathematics with specializations in topology and game theory.

I met my wife Jessica while she was studying education at Auburn, and we married in June 2011. Since then she has earned two masters degrees in educational leadership and library media, and currently works as a primary school educator.

Currently we live and work in Mobile, Alabama, where I serve as Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of South Alabama. I also occasionally work as a freelance consultant in the areas of mathematics, mathematics education, and game and puzzle design. These days I’m pretty picky with the projects I take on, but if you have a cool idea for a collaboration, please shoot me an email to get in touch!