Jesús R. Oliver Faculty Profile

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Jesús  R.  Oliver

Associate Professor

Department of Mathematics

Dr. Oliver was born and raised in Venezuela, and lived in México D.F, México. He is a first generation college graduate, an English as a second language learner, a first generation Latinx immigrant, and a mathematician. He loves playing with his one-year-old son, visiting his family in southern California, and reading about mathematical physics.  In 2022, Prof. Oliver was the recipient of the MAA Golden Section Haimo Award for Distinguished Teacher of College or University Mathematics.

Prof. Oliver's primary teaching interest is the development and implementation of inclusive, active learning techniques in the Mathematics classroom. He also enjoys working collaboratively with students on research projects. Dr. Oliver currently focuses on two broad areas of investigation:

  • Wave equations with applications to General Relativity.
  • Leveraging data to help close opportunity gaps for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) students enrolled in college math courses.

  • Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics, University of California, San Diego
  • Master of Arts in Pure Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Bachelors of Science in Pure Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles

Not teaching this semester.

Wave equations research

2023 - J. Costa, A. Franzen & J. Oliver. “Semilinear wave equations on accelerated expanding FLRW spacetimes." Annales Henri Poincaré

2022 - P. LeFloch, J. Oliver & Yoshio Tsutsumi. "Boundedness of the Conformal Hyperboloidal Energy for a Wave-Klein-Gordon Model." Submitted. Preprint:

2020 - J. Oliver, J. Sterbenz. “A Vector Field Method for Radiating Black Hole Spacetimes." Analysis and PDE. Vol. 13 no. 1, 29-92. Preprint:
2016 - J. Oliver. “A Vector Field Method for Non-Trapping, Radiating Spacetimes." Journal of Hyperbolic Differential Equations. 13 no. 4, 735-790. Preprint:

Math education research

2023 - J. Oliver, J. Olkin, & S. Sisneros-Thiry. "Leveraging a Community of Practice Model to Accelerate Change." Submitted 

2022 - A. Stanciulescu, F. Castronovo & J. Oliver. “Assessing the Impact of Visualization Media on Engagement in an Active Learning Environment." International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology. DOI: 10.1080/0020739X.2022.2044530

2021 - J. Oliver, J. Olkin. “A Community of Practice Model for Infusing Active Learning in the Classroom." PRIMUS, 31, No 3-5, pp. 252-268

2021 -J. Oliver, J. Olkin, A. Stanciulescu. “A Multi-pronged Approach to Closing Opportunity Gaps in Calculus I." To appear: MAA Notes Volume on Diversity Equity and Inclusion Issues in Calculus Programs

Wave equations research talks

2023 - Mathematics Colloquium, Sonoma State University

2019 - AMS Sectional Meeting, Special Session on "Wave Phenomena in Fluids and Relativity,” University of Wisconsin-Madison

2019 - Mathematics Colloquium, Santa Clara University

2018 - General Relativity Seminar, Centre for Mathematical Analysis, Geometry, and Dynamical Systems, Lisboa, Portugal

2017 - Math/Stats Colloquium, San Jose State University

2016 - Workshop on Global Nonlinear Stability of Einstein Spacetimes, Oberwolfach, Germany

2015 - Mathematical General Relativity Seminar, Institut Henri Poincaré, Paris, France

2015 - General Relativity and Gravitation: A Centennial Perspective, Penn State University

2015 - Analysis Seminar, Georgia Southern University

2015 - Analysis Seminar, University of Maryland, College Park

2015 - Analysis Seminar, University of California, Los Angeles

2014 - AMS Fall Western Sectional Meetings, San Francisco

Math education research talks

2023 - Joint Math Meetings, Special Session on "Lessons Learned from Successful Departmental Efforts to Transform Precalculus and Calculus." Boston

2022 - Change DIAL Conference. Parallel session on: “Community at the Center: The CSUEB Model and How it Can Help."

2022 - Critical Issues in Mathematics Education. Parallel session on: "Community at the Center: How Communities of Practice Can Help." Joint with J. Olkin. Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley, California

2020 - SEMINAL Data Workshop: “How to Disaggregate Student Data.” Virtual session 2a. Joint with A. Stanciulescu

2020 - JMM/AMS Joint Mathematics Meetings, MAA Contributed Paper Session on Active Learning in Introductory Courses, Denver, Colorado

2019 - Progress Through Calculus/SEMINAL Joint Meeting, Lincoln, Nebraska

2015 - Analysis and PDE Seminar, University of California, Berkeley

2014 - Differential Equations Seminar, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

2014 - Analysis Seminar, University of California, Los Angeles

2014 - Analysis Seminar, University of California, San Diego

2014 - AMS Session on PDE, AMS-MAA Joint Math Meetings, Baltimore

2023 - AMS-Simons Research Enhancement Grant for Primarily Undergraduate Institution Faculty

2022 - Haimo Award for Distinguished Teacher of University Mathematics, MAA Golden Section

2019-2022 Faculty Support Grant, California State University, East Bay

2018-2021 SEMINAL Phase 2 Grant, National Science Foundation

2017-2018 Faculty Support Grant, California State University, East Bay

2017-2018 Course Redesign with Technology Grant, CSU Chancellor's Office

2016-2017 Research in Pairs, Institut Henri Poincaré, Paris, France

2016 Postdoctoral Fellowship, IHP-ANR, Paris, France

2016 - Project NExT Fellow (Green Dot)

2014 - Moreno Valley College Young Alum of the Year