Maria Neophytou-Foster

Maria Neophytou-Foster

Associate Professor, Mathematics

College of Sciences & Mathematics

Ph.D. in Mathematics, Purdue University - Specialization: Operator Theory

Location: Janet Ayers Academic Center 4019



I joined the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Belmont University in 2011. I was born in Larnaca, a small town on the southern coast of Cyprus, and my native language is Greek. I earned my Bachelor's in Pure Mathematics from the University of Cyprus in 2004. I then moved to West Lafayette, Indiana, to pursue a Ph.D. in Mathematics at Purdue University. The main focus of my research is on Composition Operators on Spaces of Analytic Functions, a beautiful area of mathematics that marries the fields of Functional Analysis and Complex Analysis.

While at Purdue, I worked as a teaching assistant for six years, which gave me the chance to teach a variety of undergraduate mathematics courses, and helped me discover my passion for teaching. I really enjoy working with students, sharing my knowledge with them, and helping them appreciate the beauty of mathematics. Being able to do that at such a wonderful place as Belmont, while being a part of such a warm and caring department, is a major blessing for me - I love everything about my job! When not working, I have fun playing with my two kitties, Frisky and Colby, reading inspirational books, and learning about living and eating healthy. I also very much enjoy listening to music and going to concerts as well as other live music events, so needless to say I love living in Nashville.