Kellum, Kenneth R

Emeritus Professor of Mathematics




Preferred: 309-438-5866


I am the descendant of several generations of Appalachian coal miners. I was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I recently learned that I have ancestors who fought on both sides of the Civil War. I did both my undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Alabama, receiving my Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1971.

The academic job market collapsed a year or two before I graduated. I spent eight years teaching at small colleges before my research efforts attracted some attention in the mathematical community. After one-year positions at Alabama-Birmingham and Sacramento State, I came to San José State in 1981. Except for sabbaticals at the University of Delaware and the University of West Virginia, I was at SJSU until the Summer of 2015.

My research interests lie in real analysis and point-set topology. I am committed to scholarly work and continue to labor on unsolved problems.

I am married and have three daughters. In my spare time I enjoy reading, biking, photography and tropical fish.

I retired the Summer of 2009 and participated in the FERP program which allowed me to teach every other semester for five years, after which I continued to teach part time.

In the fall of 2015, my wife and I bought a home in Normal, Illinois. I now teach part time at Illinois State University.