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Dan Van Peursem

Dan Van Peursem

Chair, Mathematical Sciences / Professor


Patterson Hall 132D

Phone: (605) 658-5971



I am a lifetime resident of the Midwest and have been an educator my whole life. My first collegiate position was here at USD in 1997 and have been here ever since. I have served as the Mathematical Sciences Department Chair since 2004. Dr. Van Peursem enjoys maintaining student interaction through his courses.

Teaching Interests:

For the past several years I have been teaching our calculus I and geometry courses. It is my hope to recruit strong math majors into the field that are interested in careers in mathematics.

Research Interests:

My original dissertation area was in the analytical modeling of ground water flow. Specifically ground water remediation systems using vertical recirculation wells. As of recently, I have been more interested in mathematical modeling in biology and ecology with population dynamics and the spread of diseases.


  • Ph D, Applied Mathematics, The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1997
  • MA, Mathematics, The University of South Dakota, 1992
  • BA, Mathematics, Northwestern College, 1989


  • Math Pathways, BOR and SD Education Access Foundation. (2019 - 2022)
  • Funds to support Undergraduate Math Conference, MAA (Mathematical Association of America). Grant Role: Principal. (2014 - 2014)
  • Finishing what we have begun: Improving success in mathematics at USD, South Dakota BOR. Grant Role: Principal. (2013 - 2013)


Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Wesner, Jeff, Van Peursem, Dan, Flores, Jose, Lio, Yuhlong, and Wesner, Chelsea. Forecasting hospitalizations due to COVID-19 in South Dakota, USA, 218-229. Vol. 5, Iss. 2. Journal of Healthcare Informatics Research, 2021.
  • Coker, E H., and Van Peursem, Dan. The erosion of horizontal sand slurry pipelines resulting from inter-particle collision, 74-81. Vol. 400-401. Wear, 2018. (DOI: 10.1016/j.wear.2017.12.022)
  • Jensen, Stephanie, and Van Peursem, Dan. Controlling Plague Among Prairie Dogs: A Two Colony Eppidemiological Model. Edited by Professor Ka-Lok Ng, 67-78. Vol. 10, Iss. 3. Transactions on Biology and Biomedicine/ WSEAS, 2013.
  • Henneman, Kayla, Van Peursem, Dan, and Huber, Victor. Mathematical modeling of influenza and a secondary bacterial infection. Edited by Professor Ka-Lok Ng, 1-11. Vol. 10, Iss. 1. Transactions on Biology and Biomedicine / WSEAS, 2013.
  • Van Peursem, Dan, Keller, Christina, Pietrzak, Dale, Wagner, Clarice, and Bennett, Clark. A COMPARISON OF PERFORMANCE AND ATTITUDES BETWEEN STUDENTS ENROLLED IN COLLEGE ALGEBRA VS. QUANTITATIVE LITERACY, 107-118. Vol. 46, Iss. 2. Mathematics and Computer Education , 2012.
  • Georgescu, Catalin, and Van Peursem, Dan. Dynamics of a Population Model Controlling the Spread of Plague in Prairie Dogs.. Vol. 1. WSEAS Press: Recent Advances in Applied Mathematics and Computational and Information Sciences, 2009.

Awards and Honors:

  • Distinguished Service Award, South Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2019
  • Cutler Award, College of Arts and Sciences, 2016
  • Honorary Member of Golden Key, USD Golden Key Honor Society, 2012


  • Van Peursem, Dan. Akedemos and FDA. Presented at the Podcast for Akedemos and FDA, via Zoom. (May 14, 2020)
  • Van Peursem, Dan. Math Emporium. Presented at the MAA Sectional Meeting, Freemont, NE. (March 30, 2012)
  • Georgescu, Catalin, Van Peursem, Dan. Dynamics of a population model controlling the spread of plague in prairie dogs.. Presented at the 15th American International Conference on Applied Mathematics, Houston. (April 30, 2009)
  • Georgescu, Catalin, Van Peursem, Dan. Dynamics of a population model. Presented at the Nebraska/SE South Dakota Section of MAA, Hastings College, Hastings, NE. (April 3, 2009)