Raluca Clendenen

Raluca Clendenen

Instructor, Mathematics

College of Sciences & Mathematics

Ph.D. in Mathematics, University of Memphis - Specialization: Differential Equations

Location: Janet Ayers Academic Center 4081



I joined the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Belmont University as a part time adjunct instructor and transition to fulltime lecturer in 2015.  I was born in Romania, specifically Transylvania, and my native language is Romanian. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Oradea in 2007. I then moved to Memphis, Tennessee, to complete my Ph.D. in Mathematics at University of Memphis. The main focus of my research is on partial differential equations and my thesis title is: Wentzell Boundary Conditions with General Weights and Asymptotic Parabolicity for Strongly Damped Waves.  Growing up in a different country and culture and moving across the globe would test anyone’s abilities and beliefs.  I chose to take a leap of faith and uprooted my entire life to further my education so I would be better equipped to help our future generations learn and grow. Since I have transitioned from a different culture and country, I can use my experience to show students how to overcome adversity through perseverance and determination.  While teaching and learning at the university level, I have gained valuable experience from my professors, my advisors and from teaching my classes.  I take great satisfaction when my students grasp new concepts and expand their knowledge base and I believe that an understanding of mathematics is extremely important for the success of future generations. I love working with numbers and helping students discover patterns and methods that will lead to their success in many branches of mathematics.  I feel confident that I can positively affect my students by showing them how staying disciplined in their studies and in their faith can transform the world around them.

When not working, I have fun spending time with my family.  We love to build LEGO’s, puzzles, read, play games and enjoy outdoor activities.