Mathematics Department

Faculty

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)
Mathematical Association of America (MAA)

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

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Education:

Ph.D. Mathematics, Washington State University, 2012

M.S. Mathematics, West Texas A&M, 2004

B.A. Mathematics, Harding University, 2004

B.A. History, Harding University, 2004

Professional Experience:

Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Harding University, 2014-Present

Visiting Lecturer, Carroll University, 2013-2014

Visiting Assistant Professor, Sam Houston State University, 2007-2012

Teaching Assistant, Washington State University, 2007-2012

Teaching Assistant, West Texas A&M, 2004-2007

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Research Interests:

Linear algebra and with an emphasis towards nonnegative matrix theory. In addition to discrete mathematics and spectral graph theory. I am also actively involved in exploring pedagogical avenues for integrating faith-and-reason into the math curriculum.

Jordan CourtemancheJordan Courtemanche
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., Baylor University
HU Box 10764
Searcy, AR 72149
501-279-4517
jcourtemanche@harding.edu

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Education:

Ph.D. Mathematics, Baylor University, 2017
B.S. Mathematics, Oklahoma Christian University, 2012

Professional Experience:

Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Harding University, 2017-present
Graduate Assistant, Baylor University, 2012-2017

Research Interests:

Abstract Algebra - namely automorphism groups of algebras.

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

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Education:

M.S. General Mathematics, University of Arkansas, 1992

B.A. Mathematics Education, Harding University, 1990

Professional Experience:

Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Harding University, 2012-Present

Instructor, Harding University, 2004-2012

Sponsor/Instructor, Harding University Scholars Abroad, 2008-2013

Adjunct Instructor, Harding University, 1995-2004

Adjunct Instructor, Northwest Arkansas Community College, 1992-1994

Junior High Math Teacher, Elmwood Middle School, 1992-1993

Instructor, University of Arkansas, 1990-1992

Research Interests:

The Lighter Side of Mathematics: Interesting Numbers, Seminar 2018

Absolute Value Inequalities and Related Graphs, Mathematics Teacher May 2015

Deborah DukeDeborah Duke
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
Jason HollandJason Holland
Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., University of Mississippi
HU Box 10764
Searcy, AR 72149
501-279-4516
jholland5@harding.edu

 

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Education:

Ph.D. Mathematics, University of Mississippi, 1998

M.S. Mathematics, Arkansas State University, 1993

B.S. Mathematics , University of Central Arkansas, 1989

Professional Experience:

Professor of Mathematics, Harding University, 2015-Present

Professor of Mathematics, Abilene Christian University, 2011-2015

Associate Professor Mathematics, Abilene Christian University, 2003-2011

Associate Professor/Department Chair, Oklahoma Christian University, 2000-2003

Assistant Professor, Abilene Christian University, 1998-2000

High School Math Teacher, Hughes High School, 1989-1993

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Research Interests:

Partially ordered vector spaces, Boolean Algebras, mentoring undergraduate research

Byron HowellByron Howell
Instructor of Mathematics
Ph.D., Northcentral University
HU Box 10764
Searcy, AR 72149
501-279-4510
bhowell@harding.edu

 

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EDUCATION:

Ph.D. Business Administration, Northcentral University, 2010
M.B.A. Business Administration, Houston Baptist University, 1996
M.S. Mathematics, University of Arkansas, 1978
B.A. Mathematics, Harding University, 1975


 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Mathematics Instructor, Harding University, 2017-Present
Mathematics Adjunct Instructor, Harding University, 2017
MBA Adjunct Instructor, Harding University & Freed-Hardeman University, 2006-Present
Consulting IT Project Manager, Sun Microsystems & Oracle, 1997-2017
Manager (S/W Dev, Tech Support, IT & Operations), IMSL & Visual Numerics, 1986-1997
Mathematics & Graphics Software Developer, IMSL, 1981-1986
Engineer, Ford Motor Company, 1978-1981
Mathematics & Biology Instructor, Cabot School System, Cabot, AR 1975-1976


PROFESSIONAL Certifications:

Arkansas Mathematics & Biology Secondary Teaching Certification
Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification (2003-Present)

Marty Spears

Marty Spears
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., Rice University
Provost/Chief Academic Officer
HU Box 10773
Searcy, AR 72149
501-279-4335
mspears@harding.edu

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Education:

Ph.D. Statistics, Rice University, 1993

M.S. Statistics, Rice University, 1992

B.S. Mathematics , Harding University, 1988

Professional Experience:

Provost, Harding University, 2016

Associate Provost, Harding University, 2011

Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, 2006

Associate Professor Mathematics, Harding University, 2000

Research Interests:

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

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Education:

M.S. Applied Mathematics, Florida Institute of Technology, 1992

B.A. Mathematics, Harding University, 1987

Professional Experience:

Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Harding University, 2014-Present

Instructor, Harding University, 2006-2014

Instructor, Georgia Perimeter College, 1994-1995

Adjunct Faculty, Clayton State University, 1993-1994

Instructor, Brevard Community College, 1992-1993

Graduate Assistant, Florida Institute of Technology, 1990-1992

Teacher, Mars Hill Bible School, 1988-1990

Teacher, Harding Academy, 1987-1988

Professional Membership:

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges

Research Interests:

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