The Mathematics Department includes faculty members whose degrees and experience extend beyond mathematics and mathematics education to disciplines that include physics, computer science, logistics, economics, business management, applied statistics, accounting, actuarial science, instructional technology, educational administration, political science, communication, and English. A very dynamic and versatile group, the faculty has a median of 20 years teaching or other related full-time work and all belong to at least one professional organization such as the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC), the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the American Mathematical Society (AMS), the American Statistical Association (ASA), and the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE).

Barbara Di Marco
Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Barbara Fisher

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Education

M. M Ed. Instructional Systems - The Pennsylvania State University

Thesis: "Impact of Wiki Use on Student Mathematical Reasoning"

B.S. Mathematics - The Pennsylvania State University

Certificates and Awards

Certificate in Statistics - The Pennsylvania State University

Awesome Women Exemplars Award

Courses Taught

Pre-Algebra, Elementary Algebra I and II, Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I, College Algebra and Trigonometry I and II, Applied Calculus

Professional Experience

I have worked full-time at Penn College since August 2007. Before that, I was a high school mathematics teacher at Hughesville High School and Twin Valley High School.

I enjoy teaching mathematics in a manner that develops students' critical thinking and problem solving abilities where they can adapt and apply this knowledge to their disciplines and life in general. The students not only learn from me but I learn a great deal from them as well as Penn College offers a wide array of "hands-on" majors and "degrees that work".

Joanna Flynn
Associate Professor, Mathematics

Joanna Flynn

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Education

M.S. in Applied Statistics and Operations Research - University of Miami

B.A. in Economics and Political Science - University of Miami

Certificates and Awards

President's Award for Outstanding Assessment of Student Learning, 2016

Awesome Women Exemplars, 2010

Professional Experience

Since 1996, I have taught math at both secondary and post-secondary institutions, including Gulliver Preparatory School (FL), the University of Miami, and Penn College. During that time, I have also held leadership/administrative positions, including department head of mathematics, director of mathematics, and assistant dean.

Courses Taught

Elementary Algebra I, Topics in Mathematics, Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications

Solomon Francis
Assistant Professor, Mathematics

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Education

M.A., Mathematics - Brooklyn College, 1988

B.S., Mathematics - Brooklyn College, 1986

Certificates and Awards

Sol Cohen Memorial Award for Excellence in Mathematics - Brooklyn College, 1986

Courses Taught

Business Mathematics, College Algebra and Trigonometry I and II, Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I, Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications, Calculus I and II

I have taught for over 15 years and still get excited when I see an "aha!" moment in a student's face. Helping students understand math, and seeing its application in their lives is a very rewarding experience!

Evonne Haines
Instructor, Mathematics

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Education

M.A. Mathematics - Penn State University

B.S. Mathematics Education - Lock Haven University

I taught in the public school system as a long-term substitute teacher before I began teaching here as an adjunct instructor in 1997. I taught one semester full-time at Lock Haven University, and I have been teaching at Penn College as a full-time faculty member since Fall 2010.

LeAnn M. Henry
Assistant Professor, Mathematics

LeAnn M. Henry

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Education

M.S. Mathematics - Wilkes University

B.A. Mathematics - Bloomsburg University

Level One Certificate, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, Bloomsburg University

Taught mathematics for 21 years at both the secondary and college level.

Lisa Jacobs
Instructor, Mathematics

Lisa Jacobs

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Education

M.S., Mathematics Learning and Teaching - Drexel University

B.A., Mathematics - Houghton College

During my first seven years of teaching, I taught at the high school level in both Pennsylvania and Virginia. At the same time, I was also an adjunct mathematics instructor for Penn College. In 2008, I made the transition to teaching full-time within the mathematics department at Penn College.

Bryan R. James
Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Bryan R. James

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Education

M.S., Applied Statistics

M.S., Statistics Education

B.S., Mathematics

B.S., Physics

B.S., Secondary Education

Courses Taught

Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications, Physics Survey, College Algebra I and II, Calculus I, Topics in Mathematics

I have taught for more than 25 years and really enjoy teaching at Penn College. The College's majors allow for a balance between theory and application in the mathematics classroom.

Thomas E. Kammerling
Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Thomas E. Kammerling

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Education

M.B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics/Statistics - University of Colorado

B.A. in Psychology - University of Illinois

I came to Penn College in 2009 after 30 years of teaching secondary mathematics in Colorado. In addition to teaching here, I am studying mathematics education at Penn State University. My area of research is developmental college mathematics. My favorite saying is "It is OK to not know something. Whatever the topic, nobody knew it before they learned it. We are all in the process of learning."

Laurie Kiss
Instructor, Mathematics

Laurie Kiss

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Education

M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction - Wichita State University

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee: Graduate School, course work in Mathematics, Curriculum, Instruction

B.S., Mathematics - Carroll University

University of Nottingham, England - Junior Year Honors Exchange

Certificates and Awards

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society - Wichits State University

Delta Sigma Nu Honor Society - Carroll University

Courses Taught

Pre-Algebra, Elementary Algebra I and II, Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I, Structures of Mathematics, Introduction to Geometry, College Algebra and Trigonometry I, Applied Calculus

Each day I enjoy the opportunity to assist students as they pursue their goals and dreams. A friend who was interviewing to become a high school teacher once told me he had learned the correct answer to the question "What do you teach?" The answer was - and remains - students. No matter our fields or specialties, we teach students. It is the understanding, knowledge, and ultimate success of my students that inspires me.

Dr. William Ma
Professor, Mathematics

Dr. William Ma

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Education

Ph.D., Mathematical Sciences - University of Cincinnati

M.S., Mathematical Sciences - University of Cincinnati

M.S., Mathematics - Northwest University, China

B.S., Mathematics - Northwest University, China

Courses Taught

Pre-Algebra, Elementary Algebra I and II, Topics in Mathematics, Structures of Mathematics, Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications, College Algebra and Trigonometry I and II, Calculus I, II, and III, Ordinary Differential Equations

I started at Pennsylvania College of Technology in 1993 and have more than 27 years of teaching experience. I am a mathematician with research interests in complex analysis, particularly modern geometric function theory. I have published fifty-five research papers and given twenty-four presentation at national and international conferences.

Dr. Robert I. Mitchell
Associate Professor, Mathematics

Dr. Robert I. Mitchell

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Education

Ph.D., Mathematics Education - State University of New York at Buffalo

M.S., Acquisition Logistics Management - Air Force Institute of Technology

B.A., Mathematics - State University of New York College at Brockport

Courses Taught

Pre-Algebra, Elementary Algebra II, Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I, Topics in Mathematics, Structures of Mathematics, College Algebra and Trigonometry I and II, Calculus I and II, Linear Algebra, Ordinary Differential Equations

I have 22 plus years in the United States Air Force and have taught at Penn College since Fall 1996. I am an AP Calculus Exam reader since 2009 and am a Delegation Leader with People to People Student Ambassador Program.

Edwin G. Owens
Department Head, Mathematics

Associate Professor, Mathematics

Edwin G. Owens

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Education

M.Ed., Mathematics Education - Pennsylvania State University

Administrative Certification - Pennsylvania State University

B.S., Mathematics - Lock Haven University

Certificates and Awards

President's Award for Outstanding Assessment of Student Learning (jointly with Joanna Flynn) - Pennsylvania College of Technology, 2015

Excellence in Teaching Award - Pennsylvania College of Technology, 1995

I have been involved in either teaching and/or administration for over 43 years. Throughout that time, I have had the opportunity to work with a wide range of students of various mathematical backgrounds (from extreme math anxiety to those gifted in the subject) and grade levels (from 7th grade through graduate students). My career journey has taken me to a variety of institutions, which has helped to enhance my background and understanding of student challenges in order to help them better come to an appreciation of mathematics. I very much look forward to opportunities to work with students and help them to garner a deeper appreciation, mastery, and application of mathematics.

Lauren A. Rhodes
Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Lauren A. Rhodes

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Education

Post Master's Mathematics Education graduate studies at Bucknell University

M.S., Instructional Technology - Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

B.S., Mathematics - Bucknell University

Courses Taught

Elementary Algebra I and II, Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I, Topics in Mathematics, College Algebra and Trigonometry I and II, Applied Calculus, Calculus I

For as long as I can remember, I have found beauty in mathematics, music, nature, art, language and culture. I love teaching and plan to continue helping students succeed in achieving their dreams.

Tiffany Schwanger
Instructor, Mathematics

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Education

M.A., Mathematics - Pennsylvania State University

B.S. Mathematics - Indiana University of Pennsylvania

I have been teaching at Penn College for eight years, prior to that I taught at Penn State, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Penn State-Lehigh Valley, and Rochester Institute of Technology.

Curt E. Vander Vere
Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Curt E. Vander Vere

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Education

M.S. - University of North Carolina at Wilmington

B.S. - University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Courses Taught

Mathematics in Non-European Cultures, Structures of Mathematics, Topics in Mathematics, College Algebra and Trigonometry I and II, Calculus, Discrete Mathematics

In the First Century B.C.E. Cicero stated "To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child." I believe the development of mathematics, science, and technology is as important today as the advances of today will be to people in the future.

 

Dr. Donald C. York
Assistant Professor, Mathematics

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Education

Ph.D., Mathematics - State University of New York at Stony Brook

M.A., Mathematics - State University of New York at Stony Brook

B.S., Mathematics - University of Delaware

Courses Taught

Elementary Algebra II, Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I, Structures of Mathematics, Topics in Mathematics, Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications, College Algebra and Trigonometry I and II, Calculus I and II

I aim to broaden my students' intellectual views while developing their mathematical skills.

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