Paul Gies likes to say that while he wasn’t actually born on Pluto, his home asteroid was destroyed by Zerkons. He likes to say that after receiving his English degree from Iowa, he applied for graduate school in English, but he put down the wrong code number and ended up in mathematics. Every time he went to change majors, the line was too long, so Gies wound up staying in math. It’s easier than trying to explain how a child of a historian parents, born in Connecticut, wound up with a BA in English from Iowa and a math PhD from Illinois, and found a job teaching in Maine. In truth, the job announcement from UMF looked amazing; the job turned out to be even better than it had looked; and once here, he realized he was in the right place to teach, to mentor students, and to write.
- 1995 PhD University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- 1987 MA Northeast Missouri State University
- 1986 BS Northeast Missouri State University
- 1978 BA University of Iowa