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Ron Smith

Professor of Mathematics

Department Chair

About Ron Smith

Degrees

Ph.D. Mathematics Education, University of Tennessee, 2010

M.S. Secondary Administration, Harding University, 1996

B.A. Mathematics, Harding University, 1990

Research

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

Memberships

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)

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**PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:**

Department Chair, Harding University, 2013-Present

Professor of Mathematics, Harding University, 2023-Present

Associate Professor of Mathematics, Harding University, 2013-2023

Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Harding University, 2007-2013

Mathematics Instructor, Bloom Carroll High School, Carroll, OH 2003-25

Associate Professor of Mathematics, Harding University, 2013-2023

Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Harding University, 2007-2013

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

James Burk

Associate Professor of Mathematics

About James Burk

Degrees

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

Research

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.

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**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

Jill Davis

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

About Jill Davis

Degrees

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

B.A. Mathematics Education, Harding University, 1990

Research

The Lighter Side of Mathematics: Interesting Numbers, Seminar 2018

Absolute Value Inequalities and Related Graphs, Mathematics Teacher May 2015

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**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

Deborah Duke

Professor of Mathematics

About Deborah Duke

Degrees

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

Memberships

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

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**PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:**

**Teaching**Professor of Mathematics, Harding University, 2006-Present

Associate Professor of Mathematics, Harding University, 1996-2006

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**Assistant Dean for Preprofessional Programs, 2011-Present

Coons Endowed Chair in Biomedical Sciences, 2000-2005

Chair, Health Sciences Committee, Pre-med Advisor

Administrative Council for Teacher Education

Institutional Review Board, Secretary

Jason Holland

Professor of Mathematics

About Jason Holland

Degrees

Ph.D. Mathematics, University of Mississippi, 1998

M.S. Mathematics, Arkansas State University, 1993

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

Research

Partially ordered vector spaces, Boolean Algebras, mentoring undergraduate research

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**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

Marty Spears

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Provost/Chief Academic Officer

About Marty Spears

Degrees

Ph.D. Statistics, Rice University, 1993

M.S. Statistics, Rice University, 1992

B.S. Mathematics , Harding University, 1988

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**PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:**

Provost, Harding University, 2016-Present

Associate Provost, Harding University, 2011-2016

Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Harding University, 2006-2011

Associate Professor Mathematics, Harding University, 2000-Present

Travis Thompson

Professor of Mathematics

About Travis Thompson

Degrees

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

Memberships

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)

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**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, 2002-2019

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

Laurie Walker

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

About Laurie Walker

Degrees

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

B.A. Mathematics, Harding University, 1987

Memberships

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges

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**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