Dr. Anneliese Spaeth

Name: Dr. Anneliese Spaeth 
Title: Chair, Department of Mathematics; Assistant Professor of Mathematics; Program Coordinator, Applied Mathematics; Instructional Technology Specialist
Phone Number: (334) 833-4548
Office and/or Address: Wilson Center, Room 214
  • Ph.D., Mathematics, Vanderbilt University
  • M.S., Mathematics, Vanderbilt University
  • B.S., Mathematics, Applied Physics, Xavier University, summa cum laude, Honors Program (Applied Physics)

Dr. Spaeth earned her Ph.D. and master’s degrees at Vanderbilt University, where she served as a graduate teaching assistant.  Dr. Spaeth also served as a Teaching as Research Fellow with the CIRTL program at Vanderbilt during the 2009–2010 school year. Her research interests include Inquiry-Based Learning in Mathematics, RUME (Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education), Basis Theory, Pure and Applied Harmonic Analysis, and Quantization Algorithms.  Dr. Spaeth’s other academic interests include programming and technology; she programmed Huntingdon College’s online Mathematics Placement System during the Summer of 2016.

Dr. Spaeth joined the Huntingdon faculty in the Fall of 2012, with the goal of providing the same quality, personalized educational experience which was provided to her during her undergraduate years at Xavier University.  To that end, she and the Mathematics Department have led several successful curricular reforms, including the addition of an Applied Mathematics major, beginning in the 2017- 2018 academic year. Dr. Spaeth took on the additional role of Instructional Technology Specialist at Huntingdon College in 2017.

Awards & Honors

  • Phi Beta Kappa member
  • Pi Mu Epsilon (mathematics honor society) member
  • Sigma Pi Sigma (physics honor society) member
  • Arts and Science Dean’s Select Award, Vanderbilt University
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Honorable Mention
  • Robert F. Cissel Award for Outstanding Mathematics Majors, Xavier University (Ohio)
  • Frederick A. Hauck Physics Research Award, Xavier University (Ohio)
  • Theodore A. Kent – Bozhidar Kantarjiev Award for outstanding Freshman physics student, Xavier University (Ohio)
  • Clare Boothe Luce Scholarship for Women in Science, Xavier University (Ohio)
  • Francis Xavier Scholarship, Xavier University (Ohio)
  • Mathematical Contest in Modeling: Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications, 2007 Meritorious Winner


  • M. Powell, A.H. Spaeth, Nonnegativity constraints for structured complete systems, Transactions of the AMS, Volume 368, Number 8, August 2016, Pages 5783-5806
  • Dunkel, A.M. Powell, A.H. Spaeth, Ö. Yilmaz, Quantization, finite frames, and error diffusion, Proceedings of Symposia in Applied Mathematics, Volume 73, 2016, Pages 143-173
  • H. Spaeth, A Determination of the Existence of Various Types of Positive Systems in L^p, Dissertation, Vanderbilt University, 2013


  • Finding Effective Placement Solutions, 67th meeting of the Alabama Association of College Teachers of Mathematics, Feb. 2017
  • Using a Problem Sequence to Teach Mathematics Majors Basic Programming Skills, Joint Mathematics Meetings, Jan. 2017
  • Using Reading Journals in Calculus, 66th meeting of the Alabama Association of College Teachers of Mathematics, Feb. 2016
  • Using Reading Journals in Calculus, Joint Mathematics meetings, Jan. 2016
  • Nonnegativity as an obstruction to spanning structure, International Conference on Computational Harmonic Analysis, May 2014
  • Effective Inquiry Based Learning Panel, 64th meeting of the Alabama Association of College Teachers of Mathematics, Feb. 2014
  • Calling Archimedes and Einstein Minds Panel, Alabama Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Yes! You Can Teach!, Feb. 2014
  • A Determination of the Existence of Various Types of Positive Systems in L^p, Los Alamos National Lab, May 2013
  • Positivity and Signal Representations (Poster), February Fourier Talks, Feb 2013
  • Carry Groups, Mathfest, 2006
  • Ninth Annual Legacy of R.L. Moore Conference, Panel Speaker, 2005
  • The Moore Method: A Student Perspective, University of Dayton Undergraduate Mathematics Day, 2005
  • Rotating bacteria using optical tweezers with an elliptically shaped focus, American Association of Physics Teachers Conference, 2005

Literature Reviews

  • Author of public reviews for the Mathematical Reviews/MathSciNet
  • Reviewer for PRIMUS (Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies) Journal

Professional Memberships

  • AACTM (Alabama Association of College Teachers of Mathematics)
  • AMS (American Mathematical Society)
  • AWM (Association for Women in Mathematics)
  • MAA (Mathematical Association of America)
Departments: Academic Affairs, Academics, Mathematics