Shawn J. Chiappetta, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science

Dr. Shawn Chiappetta is an Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Sioux Falls. In his current position, Chiappetta teaches courses in real analysis, programming, and data science, as well as many service courses for a variety of majors.

Chiappetta has been with USF since the fall of 2003. Starting out studying parallel algorithms for PDEs, he has migrated to general computational mathematics and data science problems and pedagogy. Chiappetta is a MAA Project NExT Fellow and has served on the MAA-North Central Section Executive Committee in a variety of roles including Information Officer and Secretary. He has given multiple presentations regarding teaching mathematics and the use of technology in the mathematics classroom. In 2007, he was awarded USF's Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award.  During his time at USF, Chiappetta has served on various committees in leadership roles and served as Faculty Chairperson.

Before joining USF, Chiappetta held Visiting Professor of Mathematics at Carthage College.

Chiappetta received his B.A. in mathematics and accounting from Carthage College, his M.S. in mathematics from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.


  • Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 2009
  • M.S., Mathematics, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, 1998
  • B.A., Mathematics and Accounting, Carthage College, 1996

Courses Taught

  • MAT111 - Elementary Algebra
  • MAT112 - College Algebra and Trigonometry
  • MAT113 - College Algebra
  • MAT114 - Functions
  • MAT151 - Nature of Mathematics
  • MAT155 - Quantitative Reasoning
  • MAT202 - Finite Math
  • MAT204 - Calculus I
  • MAT205 - Calculus II
  • MAT207 - Introduction to Data Science
  • MAT222 - Math for Elementary Teachers I
  • MAT233 - Statistics
  • MAT270 -
  • MAT283 - Art of Thinking
  • MAT300 - Numerical Methods
  • MAT304 - Linear Algebra
  • MAT306 - Logic and Discrete Mathematics
  • MAT310 - Calculus III
  • MAT311 - Differential Equations
  • MAT320 - Introduction to Real Analysis
  • MAT491 - Independent Study
  • MAT482 - Senior Seminar II
  • COM201 -
  • COM202 -
  • COM205 - Intro to Computer Science I
  • COM310 - Information Systems Analysis
  • COM315 - Organization of Programming Languages
  • COM320 - Computer Organization & DigitalLogic
  • COM322 - Operating Systems
  • COM340 - Algorithms
  • COM390 - Special Topics in ComputerApplication
  • ACC228 -
  • ART294 - Art & Cultural Travel
  • BUS382 - Management Control Systems
  • EDU650 - Educational Statistics

Professional Memberships

Mathematical Association of America

The Mathematical Association of America is the largest professional society that focuses on mathematics accessible at the undergraduate level. Our members include university, college and high school teachers; graduate and undergraduate students; pure and applied mathematicians; computer scientists; statisticians; and many others in academia, government, business and industry. We welcome all who are interested in the mathematical sciences.


  • Numerical Analysis / Parallel Algorithms / Differential Equations

Scholarships and Creative Work

  • Elementary Statistics: Looking at the Big Picture by Nancy Pfenning, University of Pittsburgh, 2010
  • Panelist, “Transition from Undergraduate to Graduate Study in Mathematics,” MAA/Wisconsin Section Meeting, April 2003
  • “Baby Steps: An Introduction to Mathematical Technology in the Classroom,” Presented at the MAA/NCS Project NExT Meeting, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN, October 2007
  • “Implementation of a Capstone Course in the Mathematical Sciences,” Presented at the MAA/NCS Project NExT Meeting, College of St. Benedict, Collegeville, MN, April 2008
  • “Within an Epsilon: The Evolution of a Real Analysis Course,” Presented at the MAA/NCS Spring Meeting, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, April 2013
  • “Creativity, Writing and Mathematics,” Presented at the Joint MAA/AMS Meeting, Baltimore, MD, January 2014
  • “Embedding Undergraduate Research in a Senior Capstone Course,” Presented at MathFest, Portland, OR, August 2014
  • “A Brief Introduction to Scientific Python,” Presented at Sanford Statistical Analysis in Research, Sioux Falls, SD, August 2015

Service/Volunteer Work

MAA North Central Section Secretary

2015 to Present

MAA North Central Section At-Large Member


MAA North Central Section Information Officer


MAA North Central Section NExT Co-Chair


MAA Membership Committee

2019 to Present

Sioux Falls School District, K-12 Math Steering Committee