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Ron SmithRon Smith
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., University of Tennessee
Department Chair
HU Box 10764
Searcy, AR 72149
501-279-5597
rgsmith@harding.edu
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Education:

Ph.D. Mathematics Education, University of Tennessee, 2010
M.S. Secondary Administration, Harding University, 1996
B.A. Mathematics, Harding University, 1990

Professional Experience:

Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Harding University, 2007-Present
Mathematics Instructor, Bloom Carroll High School, Carroll, OH 2003-25
Process Control Engineer, ABB, Columbus, OH 1998-2003
Mathematics Instructor, Cabot High School, Cabot, AR 1993-98
Mathematics Instructor & Basketball Coach, Incrilik High School, Incirlik, Turkey, 1991-93
Mathematics Instructor, Jacksonville Junior High South, Jacksonville, AR, 1990-91 

Professional Licenses:

Arkansas Mathematics Secondary Teaching Certification

Professional Membership:

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE)
Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ACTM)

Research Interests:

The use of secondary mathematics methods courses to teach content, pedagogy and beliefs to preservice teachers.

 

James BurkJames Burk
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., Washington State University
HU Box 10764
Searcy, AR 72149
501-279-4704
jlburk@harding.edu

 

Jill Davis

Jill Davis
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
M.S., University of Arkansas
HU Box 10764
Searcy, AR 72149
501-279-5596
jdavis8@harding.edu

Deborah Duke

Deborah Duke
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Ed.D., Memphis State University
HU Box 10764
Searcy, AR 72149
501-279-4507
dduke@harding.edu
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Education:

Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Emphasis in Mathematics Education, Memphis State University, 1992
Dissertation: "Parental Expectation and its Relationship to Achievement in Algebra I"
M.S.E., Mathematics, Harding University, 1985.
Thesis: "A Study of Mathematics Anxiety Among Quantitative Business Analysis Students"
B.S., Mathematics, Harding College, 1972

Professional Experience:

Teaching
Associate Professor of Mathematics, Harding University, 1996-2001
Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Harding University, 1991-96
Instructor of Mathematics, Harding University, 1982-90
Mathematics Teacher, Harding Academy, 1988-89
Mathematics and Science Teacher, Bradford High School, Bradford, Arkansas, 1973-74
Graduate Assistant in Mathematics, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1972

Administrative
Coons Endowed Chair in Biomedical Sciences, 2000-2005
Chair, Health Sciences Committee, Pre-med Advisor
Administrative Council for Teacher Education
Institutional Review Board, Secretary

Professional Membership:

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Reviewer for The Mathematics Teacher
Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Mathematical Association of America
Alpha Chi
Phi Kappa Phi
Associated Women for Harding

Robert Huff

Robert Huff
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., Rice University
HU Box 10764
Searcy, AR 72149
501-279-4517
rhuff@harding.edu

Dean Priest

Dean Priest
Distinguished Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., University of Mississippi
HU Box 10764
Searcy, AR 72149
501-279-4516
dpriest@harding.edu
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Education:

Ph.D. Mathematics, University of Mississippi, 1969
M.S. Mathematics, University of Mississippi, 1962
B.S. Mathematics, Harding College, 1961

Professional Experience:

Vice President for Academic Affairs, Harding University, 2001-2004
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Harding University, 1991-2001
Dean of College of Sciences, Harding University, 1983-2002
Chair of Mathematics Department, Harding University, 1969-1986
Professor of Mathematics, Harding University, 1969-Present
Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Harding University, 1962-1966

Professional Membership:

Cooperative Education Association
The National Academic Advisors Association
Northeast Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Mathematical Association of America
Arkansas Association of University Professors
National Association for Developmental Education

Marty Spears

Marty Spears
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., Rice University
HU Box 10773
Searcy, AR 72149
501-279-4789
mspears@harding.edu
Personal Site
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Education:

Ph.D. Statistics, Rice University, 1993
Dissertation - "Good Multi-Stage Designs in Dose-Response Studies"
M.A. Statistics, Rice University, 1992
B.S. Mathematics, Harding University, 1988

Professional Experience:

Teaching
Associate Professor of Mathematics, Harding University, 2000-Present
Associate Professor of Mathematics, University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL), 1998-2000
Assistant Professor of Mathematics, University of Houston-Clear Lake, 1992-1998
Instructor for AEGIS Program, "Mathematical Modeling", 1994-2001
Teaching Assistant, Rice University, 1992
Graduate Research Assistant, Rice University, 1988-92
Computer Programmer, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1988-1992

Administrative
Director of Institutional Research, Harding University, 2002-Present
Chair of Mathematics Department, University of Houston-Clear Lake, 1999-2000
Executive Committee Member, Texas Section of MAA, 1999-2000
Chair of Computer Advisory Committee, University of Houston-Clear Lake, 1998-2000
Chair of Library Advisory Committee, University of Houston-Clear Lake, 1998-1999

Professional Membership:

American Statistical Association (ASA), 1990-Present
Mathematical Association of America (MAA), 1998-Present

Activities:

Sponsor for Sigma Tau Sigma Social Club

Travis Thompson

Travis Thompson
Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., University of Arkansas
Dean of the College of Sciences
HU Box 10934
Searcy, AR 72149
501-279-4464
thompson@harding.edu
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Education:

Ph.D. Mathematics, University of Arkansas, 1977
M.S. Mathematics, Northeast Louisiana University, 1973
B.A. Mathematics, Harding University, 1971

Post-Graduate, University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1982-83
17 Hours of Graduate Level Statistics

Professional Experience:

Teaching
Professor of Mathematics, Harding University, 1990-Present
Associate Professor of Mathematics, Harding University, 1985-90
Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Northeast Louisiana University, 1983-85
Assistant Lecturer, University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1982-83
Assistant Professor of Mathematics, LSU at Eunice, 1980-82
Assistant Professor of Mathematics, University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, 1979-80
Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Michigan Christian College, 1977-79
Graduate Assistant in Mathematics, University of Arkansas, 1973-77
Graduate Assistant in Mathematics, Northeast Louisiana University, 1971-73

Administrative
Dean, College of Sciences, Harding University, 2002-Present
Assistant to the Dean, College of Sciences, Harding University, 1987-2002
Director of AEGIS Program, "Artificial Intelligence", 1990-2001
Director of AEGIS Program, "Arkansas - An Abundance of Energy", 1986
Director of MTGS 1988, "Mathematics Teachers of Gifted Students", TITLE II
Title III Coordinator, 1987-90

Professional Membership/Activities:

Mathematical Association of America, 1975-Present
American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC), 1978-Present
Louisiana Executive Vice President of the LA-MS section of the MAA, 1984-85
Reviewer (referee) for the AMATYC Review (1980-82, 1987-1993)
Editorial Board Member for the AMATYC Review (1988-1991)
Arkansas Delegate to the AMATYC (1988-1990, 1992-1995)
National Chairperson, AMATYC meeting in Little Rock, AR (1995)

Laurie Walker

Laurie Walker
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
M.S., Florida Institute Technology
HU Box 10764
Searcy, AR 72149
501-279-5283
lwalker3@harding.edu

Mathematics
501-279-4361
math@harding.edu