DEPARTMENT CHAIR

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BROOKE BUCKLEY, PH.D.

Associate Professor

Office: MEP 401
Phone: 859-572-5377
Email: buckleyb1@nku.edu

Bio

 

Education:

  • Ph.D. from University of South Carolina-Columbia.
  • B.S. from Eastern Kentucky University.

At NKU: since 2006.

Professional Interest: My primary interest lies in quantitative risk assessment and its application to carcinogenic data. From this work, I have also developed interests in several other areas of statistics, namely bootstrap confidence intervals and computer-based optimization. In addition to this, I am also interested in statistical education, specifically at the introductory level.


FACULTY

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DAVID AGARD, PH.D.

Associate Professor

Office: MEP 428
Phone: (859) 572-6545
Email: agard@nku.edu
Webpage: www.nku.edu/~agard/

Bio

 

Education:

  • Ph.D. and M.S. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
  • B.A. from the University of Virginia.

At NKU: since 1990.

Professional Interest:  I enjoy teaching all levels of probability and statistics. I pursue scholarly work in probability and statistical modeling of sports and games. I also particpate in curriculum development, consulting and activities in K-12 statistics education.

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AXEL BRANDT, PH.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: MEP 447
Phone: (859) 572-6348
Email: brandta2@nku.edu
Webpage: http://sappho.nku.edu/~brandta2/

Bio

Education:

  • Ph.D. from University of Colorado Denver
  • M.S. from Miami University.
  • B.S. from Ohio Northern University.

At NKU:  since 2018.

Professional Interests: As a mathematics educator, I am passionate about exposing people to advanced mathematical concepts in ways that are fun and approachable. You can often find me engaging K-12 students and other community members in mathematical activities.

My primary research focuses on identifying threshold phenomena in complex networks. The underlying theory can be applied both to identify when specific friendship groups are present in large social networks, and also to plan memory allocation for computer programs. I value collaboration in research and welcome student involvement.

 

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CHRIS CHRISTENSEN, PH.D.

Professor

Office: MEP 437
Phone: (859) 572-6672
Email: christensen@nku.edu
Webpage: www.nku.edu/~christensen/

Bio

 

Education:

  • Ph.D. and M.S. from Purdue University.
  • B.A. from Michigan Technological University.

At NKU: since 1983.

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CHRYSTAL CULBERTSON, M.A.

Lecturer

Office: MEP 408
Phone: (859) 572-6540
Email: culbertsoc1@nku.edu

Bio

 

Education:

  • M.A. from Miami University, Oxford.
  • B.S. from Pikeville College.

At NKU: since 2008.

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PAULETTE EBERT, M.A.ED.

Lecturer

Office: MEP 404
Phone: (859) 572-6957
Email: ebertp1@nku.edu

Bio

 

Education:

  • M.A.Ed and B.S. from Northern Kentucky University.

At NKU: since 2009.

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MARY LEE GLORE, PH.D.

Assistant Director of Burkardt Consulting Center and Lecturer

Office: MEP 463
Phone: (859) 572-6101
Email: glorem1@nku.edu

Bio

 

Education:

  • Ph.D. and M.S. from University of Cincinnati.
  • B.S. from Thomas More College.

At NKU: since 2013.

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JACQUELINE HERMAN, PH.D.

Associate Professor

Office: MEP 422
Phone: (859) 572-5331
Email: hermanj1@nku.edu

Bio

 

Education:

  • Ph.D. and M.S. from University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
  • B.A. and B.S. from Concordia University.

At NKU: since 2008.

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TED HODGSON, PH.D.

Professor

Office: MEP 447
Phone: (859) 572-5328
Email: hodgsont1@nku.edu

Bio

 

Education:

  • Ph.D. from Indiana University.
  • M.S. from University of California-San Diego.
  • B.S. from Indiana University.

At NKU: since 2007.

Professional Interest: My research interests include conceptual learning in algebra, statistics education, the use of multiple representations in problem solving, the use of applications in mathematics instruction, and teacher education. As a teacher, I work with both pre-service and in-service teachers, as well as general mathematics and statistics students. I have published in a variety of journals, including School Science and Mathematics, PRIMUS, ON-Math, the Mathematics Teacher, the NCTM Yearbook series, and Educational Studies in Mathematics, and have extensive grant administration and evaluation experience.

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LISA HOLDEN, PH.D.

Associate Professor

Office: MEP 432
Phone: (859) 572-7705
Email: holdenl@nku.edu

Bio

 

Education:

  • Ph.D. and M.S. from Northwestern University.

At NKU: since 2002.

Professional Interest: I am primarily interested in analyzing differential equation models from a variety of fields such as soil physics, optics, and hydrodynamics and involving undergraduate students in my research efforts. I am also interested in the role that applications of mathematics can play in enhancing introductory mathematics courses.

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Dhanuja Kasturiratna, PH.D.

Associate Professor

Office: MEP 424
Phone: (859) 572-5793
Email: kasturirad1@nku.edu

Bio

 

Education:

  • Ph.D. and M.A. from Bowling Green State University.
  • B.S. from University of Colombo (Sri Lanka)

At NKU: since 2006.

Professional Interest: I enjoy teaching probability and statistics courses, as well as doing consultancy where statistics is needed. While my primary goal is to be an effective Statistics teacher, I love to be involved in scholarly activities. My research is mainly on goodness-of-fit tests and characterization problems in statistics. Another area that I enjoy working on is the computational statistics.

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AIMEE KRUG, PH.D.

Associate Professor

Office: MEP 441
Phone: (859) 572-5783
Email: kruga1@nku.edu

Bio

 

Education:

  • Ph.D. and M.A. from Indiana University.
  • B.S. from University of New Hampshire.

At NKU: since 1986.

Professional Interest: I am interested in applications of mathematics to other disciplines. In the last few years I've worked on one project with a physics professor providing mathematical and computer support for her research, and a second with a biology professor involving the processing of images. I would be interested in working on other applications involving the interaction of mathematics and computers. I am particularly interested in projects which could involve students or are related to environmental issues.

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MARK LANCASTER, PH.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: MEP 418
Phone: (859) 572-1343
Email: lancasterm1@nku.edu

Bio

 

Education:

  • Ph.D. from University of Kentucky.
  • M.S. from University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
  • B.S. from Hendrix College.

At NKU: since 2014.

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MARLA LEMMON, M.S.

Lecturer

Office: MEP 416
Phone: (859) 572-1988
Email: lemmonm1@nku.edu

Bio

 

Education:

  • M.S. from University of Cincinnati.
  • B.S. from Northern Kentucky University.

At NKU: since 2011.

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ANDREW LONG, PH.D.

Associate Professor

Office: MEP 443
Phone: (859) 572-5794
Email: longa@nku.edu
Webpage: www.nku.edu/~longa/

Bio

 

Education:

  • Ph.D. and M.S. from University of Arizona.
  • B.S. from Bowling Green State University.

At NKU: since 2000.

Professional Interest: I am an applied mathematician, especially interested in biological applications (but also interested in most problems with a scientific bent). I've worked lately on problems involving raccoon rabies, US citizens' access to physical activity, forensic fly identification, and mapping of alpine plant species. (My doctoral dissertation concerned spatial interpolation and mapping.) I'd like to return to my early interest in physics one of these days. I'm sorry to report that issues of environmental remediation are an interest, made so primarily because we haven't done a very good job of taking care of the earth.
I enjoy teaching a course in interdisciplinary science (SCI110) in which we discuss problems caused by humans, and solutions humans could undertake if they weren't involved in frivolous wars and unbridled give-aways to the rich. I enjoy pedagogical tools and devices that illustrate concepts in mathematics, and have been pursuing a device that my father and I call a function box (for illustrating multivariate function surfaces) for many years. I believe that math and science should be fun, and these sorts of devices encourage that. I'm also very interested in software for demonstrating concepts in mathematics, and am supporting various pieces of software freely available as web applications. My programming language of choice is lisp, and my favorite operating system is unix. Software should be free. Windows is a necessary evil.
I enjoy working with kids on math and science in summer camps, especially those who may be falling through the cracks of our educational system. I believe that we need to do more to encourage minority and economically-challenged students to pursue careers in math and science. I also believe that our educational system is on its head: we should be spending the big bucks in the elementary schools. Kids seem to have lost, rather than kindled, their interests by the time they reach us. We should have the best teachers teaching elementary school.

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PHIL MCCARTNEY, PH.D.

Associate Professor

Office: MEP 435
Phone: (859) 572-5533
Email: mccartney@nku.edu

Bio

 

Education:

  • Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University.
  • M.Ed. and B.S. from University of Minnesota.

At NKU: since 1978.

Professional Interest: 
Teaching: I am very interested in techniques for enhancing the problem solving abilities of students, especially in a setting that could accurately be described as mathematical analysis.
Scholarly: I am interested in developing an array of techniques for conjecturing and proving analytic inequalities. I am in the process of organizing an extensive collection of my proofs of inequalities, according to common themes, such as "method of proof".
Service: I have served for many years on the Faculty Senate, and have made significant contributions on issues including the post-tenure review of faculty, the assessment of teaching effectiveness, and the development of an on-line student evaluation system.
Outreach: I am interested in building the mathematics community of our region by encouraging participation in mathematics contests such as the Math Counts, The John Bryan Contest, and the national MAA high school contest. I am also interested in enhancing the role of the AP calculus program in our local high schools.

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DANIEL MCGEE, PH.D.

Director of Kentucky Center for Mathematics and Professor

Office: CA 220
Phone: (859) 572-6345
Email: mcgeed4@nku.edu

Bio

 

Education:

  • Ph.D. and M.S. from University of Arizona.

At NKU: since 2013.

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CARL MILLER, PH.D.

Associate Professor

Office: MEP 420
Phone: (859) 572-6452
Email: millercar@nku.edu

Bio

 

Education:

  • Ph.D. and M.S. from University of South Carolina-Columbia.
  • B.S. from University of South Carolina-Spartanburg.

At NKU: since 2002.

Professional Interest: My interests focus on practical applications of statistical methods. I enjoy consulting with clients to assist in developing questions to be asked and answered, designing experiments to collect data, and analysis of data. I am also interested in educational issues, especially use of technology and whether or not it is beneficial to students. I have worked on projects ranging from gene expression analysis to examining non-education majors' views on the field of education (why not major or double major in education?).

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STEVE NEWMAN, PH.D.

Professor

Office: MEP 431
Phone: (859) 572-5332
Email: newman@nku.edu

Bio

 

Education:

  • Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. from University of Utah.

At NKU: since 1972.

Professional Interest: My professional interest in mathematics changed dramatically in 1997 when I became involved in curriculum alignment issues in mathematics resulting from the gaps between the mathematics learned in high school and the mathematics expected in college. Some of my colleagues and I worked with local high school mathematics teachers to identify and correct these gaps, sending the results and recommendations from our meetings to state education officials with the enthusiastic support from the Northern Kentucky Council of Partners, a local P-16 education group. With support from the Council, we began a local early mathematics testing program in 1998 that became the statewide Kentucky Early Mathematics Testing Program (KEMTP) in 2001 as a result of a bill passed unanimously by the 2000 General Assembly.
The purpose of the KEMTP test is to give high school sophomores and juniors a realistic assessment of their mathematical preparation for college early enough so they can take corrective action in high school to insure that they are prepared for college mathematics courses. I have served as director of the program since its inception. My involvement with the KEMTP has led to other opportunities to work on curriculum alignment issues in mathematics at the state and the national level.
I made important contributions to the American Diploma Project (ADP) benchmarks in mathematics as a member of the national panel that constructed them, to the Kentucky college readiness standards and placement policy as a member of Mathematics Postsecondary Placement Policy Group convened by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, and to the Core Content for Assessment in high school mathematics as a member of the CommissionerTask Force convened by the Kentucky Department of Education.

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BETHANY NOBLITT, PH.D.

Associate Professor

Office: MEP 445
Phone: (859) 572-5778
Email: noblittb@nku.edu

Bio

 

Education:

  • Ph.D. from University of Cincinnati.
  • M.A., M.A.T., and B.A. from University of Louisville.

At NKU: since 1999.

Professional Interest: My professional interests include topics in mathematics education. I am most interested in mathematics teacher preparation, specifically how mathematics content courses influence the teaching and the classrooms of future mathematics teachers.

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JOSEPH NOLAN, PH.D.

Associate Professor

Office: MEP 463
Phone: (859) 572-6301
Email: nolanj1@nku.edu
Webpage: www.nku.edu/~nolanj1/

Bio

 

Education:

  • Ph.D. and M.S. from Purdue University.
  • M.A., B.S., and B.A. from Eastern Illinois University.

At NKU: since 2008.

Professional Interest: Joe Nolan enjoys teaching mathematical and applied statistics courses. His research interests include statistics education, applied statistics, experimental design and technology in teaching. A 2006 graduate of Purdue University, his dissertation focused on joint work with the departments of Physics and Nutrition concerning calcium retention in bone.

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MEL PETERSON, M.S.

Lecturer

Office: MEP 410
Phone: (859) 572-5996
Email: petersonm9@nku.edu

Bio

 

Education:

  • M.S. from University of Iowa.

At NKU: since 2011.

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BARBARA PHILLIPS, M.A.

Lecturer

Office: MEP 433
Phone: (859) 572-6595
Email: phillipsba@nku.edu

Bio

 

Education:

  • M.A. from College of Mount St. Joseph.
  • B.A. from Hanover College

At NKU: since 2004.

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STEVE RANKIN, PH.D.

Associate Professor

Office: MEP 430
Phone: (859) 572-5371
Email: rankin@nku.edu

Bio

 

Education:

  • Ph.D. and M.S. from University of Houston.
  • B.A. from University of Dallas.

At NKU: since 1983.

Professional Interest: My roots lie in the fields of abstract algebra and specifically lattice theory, although I have also always enjoyed analysis. In recent years at NKU I have taught a wide variety of courses spanning the disciplines of mathematics and computer science. For example, one of my recent projects involved offering an intensive summer workshop for high school teachers teaching AP computer science. Very recently I have become aware of and interested in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL), which should enable me to accomplish two goals: First to allow me to become more innovative in teaching the large variety of mathematics courses for non-majors that we offer at Northern, and second, to aid me in developing new methods of teaching that will attract both more students and a more diverse group of students to mathematics as a major or minor. I have also worked for many years with a large number of students engaged in co-operative education.

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Laura Urbanski, M.S.

Lecturer

Office: MEP 406
Phone: (859) 572-6507
Email: urbanskil1@nku.edu

Bio

 

Education:

  • M.S. from Cleveland University.

At NKU: since 2008.

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MICHAEL WATERS, PH.D.

Associate Professor

Office: MEP 453
Phone: (859) 572-6463
Email: watersm1@nku.edu
Webpage: www.nku.edu/~watersm1/

Bio

 

Education:

  • Ph.D. from Ohio University.
  • M.A. from Miami University Oxford.

At NKU: since 2004.

Professional Interest: Currently, machine learning.

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STEVEN WILKINSON, PH.D.

Professor

Office: MEP 480
Phone: (859) 572-5775
Email: wilkinson@nku.edu
Webpage: www.nku.edu/~wilkinson/

Bio

 

Education:

  • Ph.D. and M.A. from Rice University.
  • B.A. from Tulsa University.

At NKU: since 1989.

Professional Interest: I am a geometer who likes to make interesting pictures. I am fascinated with the interplay of geometry and tools like differential equations in creating these pictures. This fascination extends to actually implementing the geometric techniques on the computer and getting them to work as efficiently as possible.

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ROGER ZARNOWSKI, PH.D.

Professor

Office: MEP 451
Phone: (859) 572-6349
Email: zarnowskir1@nku.edu
Webpage: www.nku.edu/~zarnowskir1/

Bio

 

Education:

  • Ph.D. from Indiana University.
  • M.S. and B.S. from Wichita State University.

At NKU: since 2013.


STAFF

KIMBERLY JOHNS

Academic Coordinator

Office: MEP 403
Phone: (859) 572-6441
Email: johnsk2@nku.edu

Bio

 

At NKU: since 2008.

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JONI LANDWEHR

Academic Secretary

Office: MEP 401
Phone: (859) 572-5377
Email: landwehrj1@nku.edu

Bio

 

At NKU: since 2013.