Shira Viel

Assistant Professor of the Practice of Mathematics

Department of Mathematics
Duke University
Shira Viel
Email: shira.viel [at]
Office: Physics Building #035
Mailing Address: 120 Science Drive, Box 90320, Durham NC 27708

I am an Assistant Professor of the Practice of Mathematics at Duke University where I focus primarily on the Calculus sequence
through teaching, research, coordination, and curriculum development. I am passionate about fostering inclusion in mathematics.
My current research interests include graduate student professional development, alternative grading methods, and students’ sense of community.

Are you interested in pursuing a graduate degree in the mathematical sciences?
Check out GROW, which I am helping to host at Duke in Fall 2022 and Fall 2023!


Fall 2023: All course materials can be found through the course Sakai websites linked above.

Fall 2023 Office Hours: Calculus I Placement Test Information

Previous courses taught at Duke:
On-campus resources for assistance:

Math Help Room
Academic Resource Center
Learning STEM at Duke
Keep Learning
Duke Reach


My current research is focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning introductory undergraduate mathematics. Ongoing projects include: Other research interests are drawn from my training in algebraic combinatorics, including my dissertation work on surface and orbifold models of cluster algebras under the direction of Nathan Reading. In general, I enjoy combinatorial questions with a concrete, geometric flavor.



I love sharing my love of mathematics! I particularly enjoy working with younger students and demonstrating that math is for everyone. Selected events listed below.


Outside of teaching and doing mathematics, I enjoy baking, Ultimate, crosswords, and spending time outdoors with my family.