The Academy

Christy Graves

Christy Graves

Title: Associate Professor, White Teaching Fellow, UT Tyler Faculty Fellow for Undergraduate Research
Department: The Academy
Building: RBN 4013
Phone: 903.566.7277


  • Ph.D., Mathematics, Syracuse University, May 2009.
    • Advisor:  Jack Graver
    • Dissertation Title:  On the Structure of Reliability Polynomials
  • M.S., Mathematics, Syracuse University, May 2005.
  • B.S., Mathematics and Computer Science, Eastern Illinois University, December 2002.
    • Summa Cum Laude
    • University Honors and Departmental Honors


"Ten years from now, I don't expect my students to recite derivative rules of the steps for solving differential equations. I do, however, expect my students to be skilled critical thinkers. Thus, a major focus in my classroom is the thought process behind the problem solving."

Christy Graves Website

Research Interests

  • Chemical graph theory, reliability polynomials, algebraic graph theory, general combinatorics

Publications (see Publications)


Teaching Experience

  • Associate Professor, The University of Texas at Tyler, 2015-present
  • Assistant ProfessorThe University of Texas at Tyler, 2009-2015.
  • Teaching AssistantSyracuse University, 2004-2009.
  • Teaching AssistantEastern Illinois University, Spring 2003.

Courses Taught (see Courses Taught)


Awards and Honors

  • Faculty Fellow in Undergraduate ResearchThe University of Texas at Tyler, 2013-2016.
  • Excellence in Teaching & Innovation: Level Two Certificate, The University of Texas at Tyler, 2016.
  • Founding Fellow, UT Tyler Academy of Distinguished TeachersThe University of Texas at Tyler, 2015.
  • Excellence in Teaching & Innovation: Level One CertificateThe University of Texas at Tyler, 2015.
  • Regents' Outstanding Teaching AwardThe University of Texas System, 2014.
  • Research AwardThe University of Texas at Tyler, 2013-2014.
  • White Fellowship for Teaching ExcellenceThe University of Texas at Tyler, 2011-2012.
  • Certificate in University TeachingSyracuse UniversityMay 2009.
  • Donald E. Kibbey Prize in MathematicsSyracuse University, Spring 2009.
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