James Solazzo - Coastal Carolina University
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James Solazzo 

Associate Provost for Curriculum and Student Programs/Professor


Singleton Building 121  |  843-349-2717  |  jsolazzo@coastal.edu

James P. Solazzo, Ph.D., has been with Coastal Carolina University since 2004. He started as an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He has served as associate provost for assessment and accreditation and now is associate provost for curriculum and student programs.

During his tenure as chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Solazzo initiated several projects at Coastal Carolina University (CCU) to improve the success of CCU students in math. He is an active member of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), serving as the MAA South Carolina state director from 2012 to 2015. Since 2012, he has served on the MAA subcommittee on Undergraduate Research in Mathematics. In 2014, he served on the South Carolina Department of Education’s mathematics writing team, which was charged with writing the 2015-2022 South Carolina College- and Career-Ready Standards for Mathematics. Solazzo travels to Africa yearly to teach a three-week course on advanced linear algebra for the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences Next Einstein Initiative, and he enjoys visiting Horry County elementary school classrooms to promote the beauty and importance of mathematics in today’s society.

Solazzo graduated with his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Houston. Prior to coming to CCU, Solazzo was a postdoctoral associate at the University of Georgia. His areas of academic interest are in mathematics education, promoting undergraduate research in mathematics, and frame theory. Outside of academia, he enjoys spending time with his family, practicing Shotokan karate and playing bass guitar.