Magdalena Toda previously served as the department’s director of undergraduate studies.
Toda served as director of undergraduate studies from 2010 to 2015 and as interim chairwoman this academic year. She came to Texas Tech as an assistant professor in 2001, became a tenured associate professor in 2008 and a tenured full professor in 2014. She earned her master's in mathematics from the University of Bucharest, a master's and a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Kansas, and a doctorate in mathematics from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest.
“I have loved the Department of Mathematics & Statistics from the day I started my job,” Toda said. “The faculty is collegial, productive and highly supportive of a diversity of cultures and ideas. The departmental administrators have been very supportive of all faculty and have shown lots of encouragement to junior faculty, women and minorities. I have seen the number of graduate and undergraduate majors grow significantly each year. I've seen our faculty raising its standards on research productivity and teaching. Texas Tech University is now a Carnegie classified R1: Highest Research Activity University, and our department has played a significant role in this new achievement.
“I strongly believe in our good reputation and visibility. I feel very lucky and proud about being the department's new leader, and I look forward to building a culture of excellence, productivity and collegiality. My plan is to keep attracting faculty, postdoctoral associates and students of high academic quality.”
Toda's main research interests are in differential geometry, geometric partial differential equations, non-linear flows and related integrable systems. She has received numerous awards at Texas Tech, including the Professing Excellence Award in 2011, the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008 and two Professor of the Year awards in 2002 and 2008.
She has authored or co-authored 27 peer-reviewed articles and a research monograph and is a co-author of the newest editions of a calculus textbook and supplements in use at Texas Tech and Rutgers University. Toda has established an endowed scholarship for mathematics majors within the College of Arts & Sciences. She has served as a principal investigator and co-principal investigator on several major research grants.
“During a semester serving as interim chairwoman, Dr. Toda demonstrated initiative and new ideas, including the initiation of a significant postdoctoral program and a focus on strategic, research-oriented planning for the Department of Mathematics & Statistics,” said W. Brent Lindquist, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.