James V. Rauff, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, has been teaching at Millikin since 1988. He received an M.A. in mathematics from the University of Wyoming, an M.A. in anthropology from Loyola University Chicago, and a Ph.D. in computational linguistics from Northwestern University.
Professor Rauff served as Director of the Writing in the Disciplines Program from 1991-93. He also served as the mathematics instructor in the Building New Bridges Program (1996-2001). In 1990, he was awarded the Alpha Lambda Delta Outstanding Teacher Award, and in 1999, he gave the Distinguished Faculty Lecture at Millikin's Honors Convocation. He was honored as the James Millikin Scholars' Educator of the Year in 2003, and in 2008, he received the Research and Artistic Achievement Award. In 2010, he received the Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award.
Professor Rauff is a member of the Société Canadienne d'Histoire et de Philosophie des Mathématiques , the British Society for the History of Mathematics, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the American Rock Art Research Association. He a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute.
Professor Rauff has published over 180 articles and reviews, and three books in linguistics, anthropology, computer science, mathematics, and education. His current research is in the prehistory of mathematical thought.