Janet Barnett

Janet Heine Barnett is a professor of mathematics at Colorado State University–Pueblo, interested in set theory, mathematical logic, the history of mathematics, women in mathematics, and mathematics education.[1]

Education and career

Barnett is originally from Pueblo, Colorado.[2] She did her undergraduate studies at Colorado State University, entering as an engineering student but switching to a double major in mathematics and humanities.[3] She graduated in 1981,[4] served in the Peace Corps teaching mathematics in Bambari in the Central African Republic from 1982 to 1984,[5] and in doing so discovered her love for teaching mathematics.[3]

She completed her doctorate in 1990, at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her dissertation, Random Reals, Cohen Reals and Variants of Martin's Axioms, concerned set theory; it was supervised by Richard Laver.[6] In the same year she joined the CSU Pueblo faculty.[4]


In 2015, Barnett won the Burton W. Jones Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of the Mathematical Association of America.[2] In 2017, she won the Deborah and Franklin Haimo Awards for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics, for excellence in teaching reaching beyond her own campus.[4][7] The award recognized in particular her work in integrating the history of mathematics, and its original source documents, into the teaching of mathematics, and her mentorship of mathematics schoolteachers.[4]


  1. "Janet Barnett, Ph.D.", Contact and Profile Directory, Colorado State University–Pueblo, retrieved 2018-03-10
  2. Zaletel, Cora (May 10, 2015), CSU-Pueblo math professor earns distinguished teacher award, Colorado State University–Pueblo, retrieved 2018-03-10
  3. Perez, Gayle (September 5, 2006), "CSU-Pueblo Math Prof Surprised by Top Honor", The Pueblo Chieftain via Peace Corps Online
  4. Zaletel, Cora (August 17, 2016), Professor Janet Barnett earns national teaching award, Colorado State University–Pueblo, retrieved 2018-03-10
  5. Janet Barnett served in Central African Republic in Bambari beginning in 1982, Peace Corps Online, retrieved 2018-03-10
  6. Janet Barnett at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  7. "2017 MAA Awards" (PDF), Mathematics People, Notices of the American Mathematical Society, 64 (5): 511–512, May 2017
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