Dr. Barton Willis

Professor and Chair

Office: WRNH 2042   |    Phone: (308) 865-8868   |    Email: willisb@unk.edu

Dr. Barton Willis


  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics (dual major), Kansas State University
  • Ph.D. in Mathematical Physics, Virginia Tech

Professor and Chair

In addition to teaching and doing scholarship, I'm the department chair of a faculty of fourteen. Our faculty have specialties ranging from combinatorics to mathematics education. Many mathematics faculty participate in UNK's undergraduate research program--if you might like to participate, please let me know and I will help you get started.

In addition to undergraduate degrees, we offer online graduate classes for the Science/Math Education M.S.Ed. program. To learn about our graduate offerings, please visit http://www.unk.edu/academics/math/mathsci-education.php

If you are a prospective UNK student who is interested in majoring in Mathematics or Mathematics Education,  please contact me and I will do what I can to answer your questions.


Recent  Refereed Publication

  Analytic continuation of the 3F2 hypergeometric series, Integral Transforms and Special Functions, 2016 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10652469.2016.1231674)

Self- Published

   Eigenvalues by row operations


   Julia Language code for the 3F2 hypergeometric function  3f2.zip


Maxima Computer Algebra System

I'm a developer for the Maxima computer algebra system. I wrote to_poly_solve, code for symbolic and numerical evaluation of hypergeometric functions, including orthogonal polynomials, a solver for second order linear differential equations,  and support for linear algebra calculations; additionally, I coauthored nset (support for finite sets).