- Fulbright Award (1992)
Billy E. Rhoades is a professor emeritus of mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington. He received an A.B. from Ohio Northern University in 1951, a M.S. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in 1953, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Lehigh University in 1958. Prior to joining IU, he served on faculty at Lafayette College from 1953 to 1963 and as associate director and then executive director of the Committee on the Undergraduate Preparation in Mathematics (CUPM) from 1963 to 1965. Rhoades joined IU’s faculty as an associate professor of mathematics in 1965 and was promoted to full professor in 1969. In 1994 after many years of teaching and research, Rhoades retired from IU as a professor emeritus. His research interests have focused around fixed point theory and summability.
Rhoades received a Fulbright award in 1992 to research multiple Fourier, Walsh, and orthogonal series at Jozsef Attila University in Szeged, Hungary. He also received the Distinguished Services award from the Indiana Section of the Mathematical Association of America in 1994 and the Certificate of Meritorious Service award from the Mathematical Association of America in 1999. Rhoades was a member of both organizations and served as the vice chair and chair of the Indiana Section of the Mathematical Association of America from 1967 to 1969 and as section governor from 1969 to 1972.