New Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Matthew Housley



The College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences welcomes Matthew Housley, a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics.



Professor Housley received his bachelor’s degree in physics at BYU before pursuing a master’s degree in physics at UC Santa Barbara. He also received a master’s degree in mathematics at BYU and recently completed a PhD program in mathematics at the University of Utah.




Housley is excited to return to the roots of his undergraduate education. He looks forward to working with students in undergraduate mentored research. Participating in research as an undergraduate student at BYU was influential in his decision to attend graduate school and provided a good foundation for his future career.



“I had a really great experience as an undergraduate student doing mentored research,” Housley said. “Hopefully I can do the same kind of thing teaching here. I think in general, if you just take classes in your undergraduate education, then sure it’s preparation for jobs, but actual practicum is much better preparation.”


Housley’s area of expertise is in representation theory, an abstract study of symmetry and algebraic structures. He enjoys the creativity and aesthetic process involved in attacking math problems that haven’t been solved before. He is hoping to complete additional research, build his publication record, and strengthen his teaching skills during his time at BYU.


Housley served a mission in the Philippines and enjoys reading, playing the organ and traveling to new places in his free time.


He currently teaches fundamentals of mathematics and engineering mathematics. He enjoys the environment established by the faculty and students in the math department.


“Being back here, the faculty are extremely friendly and supportive and really work hard to help you achieve your career goals,” Housley said. “It’s just an extremely nice environment . . . and of course the students are very hardworking and conscientious, which makes teaching a lot more enjoyable.”


-Chris Scheitinger, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences