Tom Mahoney

Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Campus Box 4027
1 Kellogg Circle

Emporia State University
Emporia, KS 66801

Phone: 620-341-5635
Twitter: @MathProfTom
Blog (w/Chad Wiley): 7 (Mod 10)
Office: Science Hall 250A

Joined the department in 2015


Ph.D. Mathematics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dissertation: Online Choosability of Graphs. (2015)

M.S. Teaching of Mathematics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. (2015)

B.A. Mathematics, Hastings College, Hastings, NE. (2010)

B.M. Saxophone Performance, Hastings College, Hastings, NE. (2010)


I enjoy studying combinatorics and graph theory. In particular, my research focuses on graph colorings and games played on graphs. I also enjoy looking for connections between math and other areas, such as music.

Professional Highlights

LA&S Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2015
Brahana TA Instructional Award, 2015
Secretary, Kansas City Mathematics Technology Expo
Member of Kappa Mu Epsilon 


I have taught both the undergraduate (MA240) and graduate (MA701) versions of our introductory proof-writing courses. I am also developing graduate courses in graph theory, and later, in combinatorics.


Video games (recently Tabletop Simulator, Factorio, and Minecraft)
Board games (Dominion, Catan, Ascension)
Ultimate Frisbee
Saxophone (ESU Jazz Band)
Many, many TV shows that my wife and I watch in the evenings.