Professor James Fulton joined the faculty at Suffolk Community College in 2002. Prior to teaching at Suffolk he taught at Ferrum College, Christopher Newport University, and Hampton University. He also spent 6 years working for NASA at its Langley facility in Hampton Virginia performing research in the aerospace industry. After working at NASA, Professor Fulton took a job as a research scientist for the General Electric Corporation, where he eventually became a manager in one of GE’s businesses as well as at its Corporate Research and Development (CRD) Center.  While at CRD he managed a worldwide team of scientists in the United States, as well as China and India, who performed research and new product development for the various GE businesses.

In the course of his career, Dr. Fulton has been involved with securing over 6 grants totaling more than $2.7M, was awarded 12 patents, and has over 35 technical publications. While at Suffolk he has written 6 textbooks that students can purchase new for under $28, which he regularly uses in the classes he teaches. He is also a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

More recently James has been working on developmental mathematics and exploring ways to help these students at Suffolk to achieve their dreams and obtaining their degrees. As part of this effort ,Professor Fulton has been working with Professor Chu in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Suffolk, as well as Dr. Hung Hsi Wu, Professor Emeritus at UC Berkeley, to enhance the mathematical training of elementary and secondary school teachers. A Summer Mathematics Institute has been offered to teachers in the community, as well as a series of follow-up sessions throughout the school year, to strengthen mathematics training across public schools in Suffolk County. By strengthening elementary and secondary education, we can reduce the need for developmental college math in the future.


  • A.A.S., State University of New York at Farmingdale
  • B.A., M.S., Ph.D., University of Virginia

Courses Taught

  • MAT007: Algebra I
  • MAT101: A Survey of Mathematical Reasoning
  • MAT111: Algebra II
  • MAT124: Fundamentals of Precalculus I
  • MAT125: Fundamentals of Precalculus II
  • MAT126: Precalculus Mathematics
  • MAT141: Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
  • MAT142: Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
  • MAT203: Calculus with Analytic Geometry III
  • MAT210: Applied Linear Algebra