Jitka Stehnova

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

305 Donnelly Center
319-363-1323 ext. 1231
jstehnova@mtmercy.edu

BS  University of Iowa
MS  University of Iowa
PhD  University of Iowa

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Jitka Stehnova joined Mount Mercy in fall 2009. She earned her Bachelor, Masters and PhD in Mathematics from University of Iowa. Prior to Mount Mercy, Stehnova served as a visiting assistant professor at Oklahoma State University.

Stehnova brings a unique international aspect to Mount Mercy's campus. She hails from the Czech Republic and has previously attended Charles University in Prague. Her first place of study in the United States was at the University of Massachusetts. While studying at the University of Iowa she participated in research studies involving number theory and representation theory. Her research focus is on the representation theory, specifically she studies the theta correspondences for unitary groups.

In Fall 2010, Stehnova was accepted into the Iowa Section of Project NExT Fellows. Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) is a professional development program for new or recent PhDs in the mathematical sciences sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America and the Exxon Education Foundation. It addresses all aspects of an academic career: improving the teaching and learning of mathematics, engaging in research and scholarship, and participating in professional activities.

Stehnova regularly gives talks at the MAA and AMS sectional, regional and national meetings and has been an active advisor of Mount Mercy Math Club. She was a plenary speaker at the Midwest Undergraduate Math Symposium at Simpson College in April 2014 and her talk Math is Beautiful was one of the highlights of the conference. She instigated undergraduate research program in mathematics at Mount Mercy culminating with students presentations at various undergraduate mathematics conferences, such as Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics and Midwest Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium. In fall 2011 and 2013, she prepared and mentored Mount Mercy mathematics majors for Iowa Math Modeling Competition.

Stehnova is also heavily involved with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) initiatives. She has organized and ran the workshop at the Open Mind, Open Doors Conference for middle school girls for past five years. In spring 2012, Dr. Kleiman and her co-organized first Mount Mercy STEM night event, Mom’s Night Out for STEM, earning full support from STEM as the hosting site for satellite event of USA Science and Engineering Festival along with other 25 sites in the region. In Summer 2012, Stehnova and Kleiman developed, secure funding and successfully ran the first Mount Mercy summer STEM program, ExploreU@MMU, targeting middle school girls and undergraduate female math, math education and computer science majors. After the initial success of the pilot program, Dr. Stehnova received the national MAA Tensor Grant for Women in Mathematics (two–time recipient) as well as the corporate AEGON/Transamerica STEM Grant to expand on her ExploreU STEM initiatives. The program continued to run in summers 2013 and 2014 expanding each year. 

Stehnova served for five years as the co-organizer of the Mount Mercy University High School Math Contest. She has also volunteered for many years at the University of Iowa High School Math Competition. She was also a Math Grad Board International Liaison at Iowa, providing assistance to international students in the graduate math program. In addition to that, she served as an ALLNet Tutor at Iowa's Office of International Students Scholars, teaching the Czech language.

Stehnova is a member of several scholarly affiliations, including the Mathematical Association of America, the Association for Women in Mathematics, and the American Mathematical Society. She is a two-time Mount Mercy University Faculty of the Year Nominee. Additionally, she was one of 25 recipients of The University of Iowa Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award in 2008. She was also a two-time recipient of the Catherine Wegner Outstanding Mathematics Teaching Assistant Award. In the fall of 2007, the University of Iowa Women in Science and Engineering Program awarded her the Dr. Eunice Shuytema Beam Travel Grant. She has also received the SIF Graduate Summer Fellowship in the summer of 2008.

She is fluent in English, Czech, and French. She is an avid volleyball player, former Hawkeye, devoting her spare time to the game of beach volleyball.

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