Rachel Louise Rossetti

Agnes Scott Colege · 141 E. College Ave · Decatur, GA 30030 · (404) 371-6231 · rrossetti@agnesscott.edu

I am an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Agnes Scott College. My research interests are in dynamical systems with a focus on entropy and information theory. I am passionate about teaching and developing well-rounded students who can apply their classroom learning to their daily lives.


Associate Professor of Mathematics

Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA

Employ effective and inclusive pedagogy to teach five undergraduate mathematics courses per year on topics including calculus, proof writing, differential equations, real analysis, math for the liberal arts, voting theory, game theory, and applied mathematical consulting. All courses emphasize development of leadership skills including oral and written communication in STEM.
[Tenured and promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor in 2019.]

2013 - Present

Faculty Instructor for Google’s Applied Machine Learning Intensive

Google engEDU, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA

Worked with a team of Googlers to lead the pilot of a ten-week, full-time immersive experience, where students learned the fundamentals of machine learning to prepare for employment at the intersection of data science and the individual student’s field of interest.

Summer 2019

Director of the Center for Digital and Visual Literacy

Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA

The CDVL is a resource for staff, students and faculty to cultivate digital literacy. The center employs staff and student tutors who help facilitate the exploration of problem solving options that advance digital and visual skills for academic projects and ideas.

2017 - Present

Faculty Instructor for Duke University’s Talent Identification Program

Shiv Nadar University, India

Taught a mathematical problem solving course to gifted middle school students in an intensive, overnight-camp environment for four weeks.

Summer 2015

Graduate Teaching Assistant

The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Instructor with full course responsibility for twelve college courses including college algebra, the calculus sequence, topics in mathematics, and linear algebra for applications.

2008 - 2013


Ph.D. Mathematics

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Thesis: Entropy of Transformations that Preserve an Infinite Measure.

August 2008 - May 2013

B.A. Mathematics

Wheaton College, Norton, MA
Honor’s Thesis: Knight’s Tours in the Hyperbolic Plane.
Minor: Statistics
Magna Cum Laude
August 2002 - May 2006


Peer-Reviewed Publications in Dynamical Systems

4. Rossetti, R.L. Isomorphisms of cubic rational maps that preserve an infinite measure, Proceedings of the Carolina Dynamics Symposium, (to appear).

3. Rossetti, R.L. and Hawkins, J. M. (2018). A special class of infinite measure-preserving quadratic rational maps, Dynamical Systems an International Journal. 1-16.

2. Rossetti*, R.L. (2018). Ergodic properties of rational functions that preserve Lebesgue measure on R, Real Analysis Exchange. Vol. 43, Issue 1, 137-154.

1. Rossetti*, R.L. and Yancey, K.B. (2015). Weakly mixing and rigid rank-one transformations preserving an infinite measure, New York Journal of Mathematics, Vol. 21, 615 - 636.

Peer-Reviewed Publications in Teaching and Learning

4. Rossetti, R.L. The case of the two-faced data, Case Collection of the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, (to appear).

3. Barnes, J., Koss, L. and Rossetti, R.L. (2019). The ergodic theory coffee shop, Math Horizons, Vol. 26, Issue 3, 5-9, cover story.

2. Rossetti*, R.L.andPennington,N.(2016).Feral cat control, Systematic Initiative for Modeling Investigations and Opportunities with Differential Equations (SIMIODE).

1. Rossetti*, R.L. and DeCoste, R.C. (2016). Propagation of the word jumbo, Systematic Initiative for Modeling Investigations and Opportunities with Differential Equations (SIMIODE).

* Published under R.L. Bayless


Selected Presentations

Digital Identity Development in a Capstone Course at a Diverse Women’s College, Conference on Meaningful Living in a Digital World, University of West Georgia, February 2019.

Starter Kit for Teaching Modeling-First Differential Equations Course, Joint Mathematics Meetings – MAA Mini Course, Baltimore, MA, January 2018.

Offering a Hybrid Course with Online and In Person Components, Faculty Development Seminar, Oglethorpe University, November 2018.

Modeling Feral Cat Control, Joint Mathematics Meetings, Atlanta, GA, January 2017.

Modeling Word Propagation: A Connection Between ODE and Linguistics, Joint Mathematics Meetings, Seattle, WA, January 2016.

A Mathematical Model of Climate, Mathematics Seminar, Wheaton College, October 2014.

Entropy and Isomorphism with Infinite Measures, Workshop on Dynamical Systems, University of Maryland, April 2014.

Rigidity and Weak Mixing in Infinite Ergodic Theory, Carolina Dynamics Symposium, Davidson College, April 2014.

Rigidity and Weak Mixing in Infinite Ergodic Theory, Mathematics Colloquium, Western Carolina University, February 2014.

Rigidity and Weak Mixing in Infinite Ergodic Theory, Saskatchewan Analysis Day, University of Saskatchewan, October 2013.

Entropy of Transformations Preserving an Infinite Measure, Mathematics Colloquium, University of Saskatchewan, October 2013.

How to Measure Uncertainty, Mathematics Seminar, University of North Carolina at Asheville, September 2013.

Entropy of Transformations that Preserve an Infinite Measure, Ergodic Theory Seminar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, April 2013.

Entropy of Transformations that Preserve an Infinite Measure, Carolina Dynamics Symposium, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, April 2013.

Fractals and Chaos, Mathematics Seminar, Austin College, February 2013.

Entropy of Infinite Measure-Preserving Dynamical Systems, Mathematics Colloquium, Sam Houston State University, January 2013.

Entropy of Infinite Measure-Preserving Transformations, Joint Mathematics Meetings, San Diego, CA, January 2013.

How to Measure Randomness: An Introduction to Entropy, Mathematics Seminar, Creighton University, December 2012.

Negative Generalized Boole and Krengel Entropy, Infinite Ergodic Theory Conference, Williams College, July 2012.

Dynamics of a Family of Infinite Measure-Preserving Transformations, London Dynamical Systems Group Annual Workshop, Queen Mary University of London, May 2012.

Dynamics of Quadratic Rational Maps Restricted to Their Julia Sets, Carolina Dynamics Symposium, Furman University, March 2011.

Identifying Bernoulli Endomorphisms, Ergodic Theory Seminar, Ajou University – Suwon, South Korea, August 2010.

Statistical Analyses of Long Range Weather Trends, Mathematical Association of America MathFest - San Jose, CA, August, 2007.

The Role of Hidden Markov Models in the Binding of Actin and Myosin, Biomedical Engineering Seminar, University of Virginia, July 2007.


    Grants & Fellowships
  • Co-PI - Carolina Dynamics Conference - 2015
    National Science Foundation, DMS-1600764
    Four years of funding to host an annual research conference.

  • Fellow - Scholarship of Teaching and Learning - 2014
    Science Case Network
    National fellowship program to encourage SoTL research among faculty members in STEM fields.

  • PI - Holder Faculty Innovation Grant - 2014
    Agnes Scott College
    Awarded one year of funds to start a “Math in the City” course at Agnes Scott.

  • Fellow - Project New Experiences in Teaching (NExT) - 2013
    Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
    National fellowship program for junior math faculty that aims to improve mathematics education.

  • Fellow - Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) - 2013
    Mathematics Department, University of North Carolina
    Fellowship to support graduate students with excellent records in areas of national need.

  • Fellow - Future Faculty Fellowship Program - 2012
    Center for Faculty Excellent, University of North Carolina
    A program designed to help graduate students understand the responsibilities of full-time faculty members.

  • PI - Sonia Kovalevsky Day Grant - 2012
    Associaction for Women in Mathematics (AWM) (1 year)

  • Awards
  • Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching - February 2013
    University Teaching Awards, University of North Carolina
    Awarded annually to five graduate teaching assistants from all fields of instruction.

  • J. Burton Linker Award in Recognition of Excellence in Teaching - March 2012
    Department of Mathematics Teaching Award, University of North Carolina
    Awarded annually to one math graduate student who shows the most effectiveness in undergraduate instruction.

  • Boka Hadzija Award for Distinguished University Service (Nominee) - February 2012
    Chancellor’s Awards, University of North Carolina
    Awarded annually to one graduate/professional student with outstanding leadership, scholarship, and service.

  • Phi Beta Kappa - May 2008