Dr. Sita Ramamurti

Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Mathematics

Phone: 202-884-9262
Office: Main 201


  • B.S., Mathematics, University of Madras, India
  • M.S., Mathematics, University of Delhi, India
  • Ph.D., Mathematics, George Washington University


  • Dynamical Systems
  • Math Education
  • Ethnomathematics


  • 2013 Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s Teacher Quality Improvement Grant for “Mastering Mathematics with Modeling M3 Project”, Trinity Washington University and Maya Angelou Public Charter School Partnership
  • 2009 Alumnae Association Faculty Grant for “Math Across the Curriculum Project”, Trinity Washington University

Select Works Published

  • Bicubic B-Spline Surface Approximation of Invariant Tori
    Gilsinn, D. and Ramamurti, S., NISTIR , Vol. 7731, 2010
  • Modeling Time Delay Effects for Machine Tool Chatter Control
    Gilsinn, D. and Ramamurti, S., MCSD Yearly Report, 2007


Three guiding principles at the heart of my teaching philosophy are a genuine commitment to active student learning, a passion infused with enthusiasm for imparting mathematical knowledge and an effective pedagogy through clear communication in the classroom. Consistent with Trinity’s core mission statement of “commitment to the Education of Women in a particular way through the design and pedagogy of the historic undergraduate women’s college, and by advancing principles of equity, justice and honor in the education of women and men in all other programs,” I place student success in learning at the forefront of my teaching goals. I use a two-fold strategy for achieving this in my classroom: a teaching style that is effective and an appropriate assessment process that gauges this effectiveness. Although my classroom instruction methodology has evolved over the years, based on the needs of my students, my teaching objectives have essentially remained the same:
--to maintain a level of seriousness and purpose in every course that I teach, no matter how basic the course may be,
--to teach the material in an organized and clear manner,
--to infectiously spread my own enthusiasm for the subject matter,
--to encourage students to participate in class discussions,
--to encourage students to write mathematical sentences in a clear and meaningful way,
--to get students interested in trying out different approaches to solve a problem,
--to invite and encourage students’ comments on my teaching style,
--to monitor each student’s progress in the course through my feedback on homework, quizzes and tests, and
--to constantly look for ways to improve my teaching pedagogy.