Chuck Collins’ primary responsibility is to work with the faculty in the college’s academic units on all aspects of undergraduate (and some graduate) instruction, including managing the undergraduate and graduate curricula of the college, coordinating instructional funding, and responding to questions about policy issues. He is closely involved with several Top 25 efforts in undergraduate education and collaborates with the vice provost for academic affairs and staff of the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center on a variety of issues related to undergraduate education.
Collins received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Texas A&M University in 1984 and a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Minnesota in 1990. He spent three years at the University of Michigan before joining the UT Mathematics Department in 1993. He served as Associate Head in the Department of Mathematics from 2005-2012.
Collins’ research interests are in the general area of applied mathematics, with a focus on computational methods and mathematical modeling. His most recent work has been on modeling the life dynamics and movement of feral hog populations to help understand how better to minimize their environmental impact and to limit their spread of diseases.