Brother Daniel P. Wisniewski, O.S.F.S.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics,
Chair – Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Dooling Hall 222-B
610. 282.1100, ext. 1269
Brother Daniel P. Wisniewski, O.S.F.S., is a native of Philadelphia, graduating from Father Judge High School, where he met the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. He entered the Oblates in 1991 and professed vows as an Oblate Brother in 1996. Brother Dan has received degrees in mathematics from The Catholic University of America (B.S., 1995, summa cum laude, ΦΒΚ), Villanova University (M.A., 1999), and Bryn Mawr College (Ph.D., 2010), and in theology from The Washington Theological Union (M.A., 2001). He taught high school mathematics at Northeast Catholic High School for Boys from 1996 until 1999; and, since 2001, Brother Dan has been a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics/Computer Science at DeSales University, serving as Department Chair since 2011. Since 2012, Brother Dan has served the Wilmington-Philadelphia Province of the Oblates as a Provincial Councilor.
His mathematical research interests lie in the field of number theory, particularly the study of Thue equations/inequalities. Passionate about mathematics teaching and learning, Brother Dan also works on integrating reading and writing into the mathematics classroom, and pursues pedagogical research projects related to such practices. He has presented at regional and national meetings of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), the American Mathematical Society (AMS), and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). In 2013, Brother Dan became the Editor of The Pentagon, the semiannual student journal of Kappa Mu Epsilon, the National Mathematics Honor Society.
In addition to his mathematics teaching and research, Brother Dan is a budding Salesian scholar, pursuing a variety of research projects related to the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales, particularly spiritual friendship, grief, and the intersection of Salesian spirituality and the science-religion dialogue. An active member of the Salesian Scholars Seminar (sponsored by DeSales Resources & Ministries, Stella Niagara, NY), he has published several articles in these areas, and has given presentations on these topics at national conferences and international symposia.
Outside of his academic interests, Brother Dan is an avid pop culture fan, and enjoys going to movies, plays, and concerts. A huge fan of Cyndi Lauper, he is known for seeing her live in concert on a regular basis, and even mentioning her name in class as related to the Traveling Salesman Problem and the Leaning Tower of Pisa!