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Eve Torrence

Professor of Mathematics
Randolph-Macon College

Eve A. Torrence is Professor of Mathematics at Randolph-Macon College, where she has taught since 1994. From 1991 to 1994 she was Clare Boothe Luce Professor of Mathematics at Trinity University in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Torrence is the president of Pi Mu Epsilon (PME), the National Mathematics Honor Society. She has served on the national council of PME since 2002. She has also served as chair of the Maryland/District of Columbia/Virginia section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and as chair of the Committee on the Faculty at Randolph-Macon College.

Dr. Torrence is the author of two books: Cut and Assemble Icosahedra: Twelve Models in White and Color (Dover, 2011) and, with Bruce Torrence, The Student’s Introduction to Mathematica: A Handbook for Precalculus, Calculus, and Linear Algebra (Cambridge, 1st ed. 1999, 2nd ed. 2009). She is a co-recipient of the Trevor Evans Award for exceptional writing published in the MAA journal Math Horizons.

Dr. Torrence has published and presented work on topics ranging from the mathematics of Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll), to origami, to elementary mathematics education. As president of Pi Mu Epsilon, she frequently travels to PME chapters to give presentations to undergraduates. She is dedicated to enriching mathematics education from elementary school through college, employing the arts to make mathematics relevant and interesting to all students.

Dr. Torrence has exhibited her mathematical sculptures at international juried shows of mathematical art at the annual Joint Mathematics Meetings. Many of her pieces are on permanent exhibit at Randolph-Macon College. Her work is structured around three-dimensional shapes called polyhedra, and rewards the careful viewer by providing a concrete realization of geometrical principles. She enjoys sharing her passion for geometry through her art and teaching.

Dr. Torrence received a B.A. magna cum laude from Tufts University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Virginia. She is married to Bruce Torrence, who holds the Dorothy and Muscoe Garnett Professorship in Mathematics at Randolph-Macon College. They have two children, Robert and Alexandra.

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Eve Torrence


"It is our job to provide a rich environment for our students where they are exposed to mathematics not simply as textbooks and homework, but as a vibrant and living discipline. This means guiding them to make mathematical discoveries, and cultivating the curiosity and sense of fascination that are central to this endeavor."