William Haver

William Haver, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor


  • B.S., (mathematics) Bates College, 1964, with honors
  • M.S., (mathematics) Rutgers University, 1967
  • Ph.D., (mathematics) SUNY, Binghamton, 1970
  • Ph.D. Thesis Title: Cellular Mappings on Manifolds

Research Interests

During the beginning of his career, Haver worked in the area of infinite dimensional topology. In recent years, he has been interested in ways to improve mathematics instruction and student learning at all levels.

Select Publications

  • “Handbook for elementary mathematics specialists” with Campbell, Inge, and Ellington, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Reston, VA, October 2013.
  • “Modeling Based College Algebra at Virginia Commonwealth University” with Ellington, Partner Discipline Recommendations for Introductory College Mathematics and the Implications for College Algebra, MAA, 2011, 87-92.
  • “The Impact of Assessing Introductory Mathematics Courses”, with Ellington. Assessment of Student Learning in College Mathematics, Madison (Ed. Tallahassee, Florida: Association for Institutional Research, 2007, 76-96.
  • “The Role of Faculty from the Scientific Disciplines in the Preparation of Mathematics and Science Teachers” with Levitan. Beyond National Standards and Goals, National Science Foundation, 1993, 118-122.
  • “Contractible Neighborhoods in the Group of Homeomorphisms of a Manifold”, Topology Proceedings 6(1982), Springer Verlag series, 311‑316.
  • “The closure of the space of homeomorphisms on a manifold‑the piecewise linear case”, Fundamenta Mathematicae II (1979), 13‑19.
  • “The closure of the space of homeomorphisms on a manifold,” Trans. Amer. Math. Soc., 195(1974), 401‑419.
  • “A Characterization theorem for cellular mappings,” Bull. Amer. Math. Society, 76(1970), 1277‑1280.


  • Member and Past President, Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition, 1990-present.
  • Chair of Mathematical Association of America Curriculum Renewal Across the First Two Years, 2004-2010.
  • Mathematical Association of America, Faculty Professional Development Committee. Management Team for National Professional Development Program, 1999-2008.
  • Mathematical Association of America, Committee on Undergraduate Program in Mathematics, member five person Steering Committee to develop Curriculum Guide: 2004, 1997-2003


  • Virginia Commonwealth University Excellence in Teaching Award, 2010.
  • Leadership in Mathematics Education in Virginia Award, Virginia Council for Mathematics Supervision, 2008.
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Excellence in Service Award, 1996.
  • William Lowery Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching, Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 1994.
  • Outstanding Manager for 1992, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, National Science Foundation.
  • Greater Richmond Council of Teachers of Mathematics Outstanding Educator, 1990.
  • Phi Eta Sigma award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Tennessee, 1973.