Dave Kung

Professor of Mathematics

Dave Kung


Dave fell in love with both mathematics and music at a very early age. After flirting with (and the rejecting) a music major, he completed three degrees from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, all in mathematics, before joining the faculty at St. Mary's College of Maryland. His 12-lecture DVD course "How Music and Mathematics Relate" was recently released by the Teaching Company. Teaming with other mathematicians, he has worked to improve mathematics literacy and responsible citizenship by developing curriculum materials for a Math For Social Justice course. He has authored many articles on topics in harmonic analysis and mathematics education, is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2004 Homer Dodge Award for teaching excellence by a junior faculty member at SMCM, and the 2006 John M. Smith teaching award from the local section of the MAA. His has lectured widely on Math & Music, including giving the 2010 Undergraduate Lecture in Mathematics at the Joint Math Meetings, and is the incoming Director of the MAA's Project NExT.

Areas of Research Specialization

  • Mathematics Education
  • Math & Music
  • Math & Social Justice

Areas of Teaching Specialization

  • Analysis
  • Introduction of Proofs


  • B.S. in Mathematics at University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1994
  • M.A. in Mathematics at University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1996
  • Ph.D. in Mathematics (Harmonic Analysis) at University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2000


  • Named Direct of MAA's Project NExT
    >Dr. Kung was recently named as incoming Director of the Mathematical Association of America's Project NExT. This professional development program serves 80 new mathematics faculty every year.
  • DVD Lectures on Math & Music released
    The Great Courses released Dr. Kung's lectures, "How Music and Mathematics Relate". The twelve lecture series, based on his first-year seminar at SMCM, exposes the mathematics underlying the musical experience, from a single vibration of a violin string to the algorithms encoding music in an mp3 file. Throughout, mathematical concepts are vividly illustrated by Dr. Kung on the violin. http://www.thegreatcourses.com/tgc/courses/course_detail.aspx?cid=1373