Outdoor picture of Dr. Fitzkee Dr. Thomas Fitzkee

B.S., Salisbury University M.S., Virginia Tech Ph.D., George Washington University
Chair and Professor of Mathematics

Hello, I am Dr. Fitzkee, a math professor at Francis Marion University located in Florence, South Carolina. My office is located on the fourth floor of the Leatherman Science Facility (LSF) in room L403. My phone number is 661-1572 and my email address is tfitzkee@fmarion.edu.

Spring 2018 classes

Math 132 Trigonometry on TTh at 9:55-11:10am

Math 132 Trigonometry on TTh at 11:20am-12:35pm

Other course information is available on FMU's Blackboard

Office hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:30-11:30am, 1:30-2:30pm
Tuesday, Thursday 8:45-9:45am, 1:30-2:30pm
Other times are available by appointment.

I am in my office at other times than office hours. If my office door is open, you are welcome to come in. If you need to see me outside my office hours, please contact me to make an appointment to see me. Remember, I actually get paid to have these office hours!


Outdoor picture of Dr. Fitzkee Most recently I have been active in AP Calculus as a Reader since 2007. For eight hours a day, for seven consecutive days (yes including Sunday) we read (aka score) student solutions. It is intense but a valuable professional development experience. I have also hosted a AP Calculus AB or BC Summer Teacher Institute for six years.

I mave also been active since 2002 as a judge for the High School Mathematical Competition in Modeling (HiMCM) and the collegiate Mathematical Competition in Modeling (MCM) sponsored by the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP). Genus 2 surface

My research began in Dynamical Systems under E. A. Robinson, Jr., at GWU where I received my Ph.D. on May 17, 1998. I received my M.S. in December, 1991, from Virginia Tech in mathematics and my B.S. in May, 1989, from Salisbury State University in mathematics. I try to update my vitae every few months

I studied everything from interval exchange transformations (and their suspensions to surfaces (see figure on right) carrying pseudo-Anosov diffeomorphisms) to 1-dimensional and 2-dimensional self-similar tilings (by considering trajectories of flows across a Markov partition for the pseudo-Anosov diffeomorphism) to symbolic dynamics (obtained by the Markov partition) to beta-transformations (of the expansion coefficient of the diffeomorphism).

For a copy of my dissertation, you can download it (including the figures) in postscript form. I have compressed it using WinZip. If the download does not work, then send me an email and I will send you a copy directly.

For additional information, I can be reached any of the following ways:

Francis Marion University
P.O.Box 100547
Florence, SC 29501