Northwestern's Dena Walker Earns PH.D.

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Northwestern's Dena Walker Earns PH.D.

Dena Walker, an instructor of mathematics at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, has earned her doctorate in professional studies education-mathematics after completing and defending her dissertation on “The Use of Technology in College Mathematics: A Mixed Methods Study.”

Walker earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics education in 2003 and master’s degree in secondary education in 2004, both at Northwestern.

Upon graduating with her master’s degree, Walker found a home at her alma mater where she currently teaches college algebra, trigonometry, pre-calculus and mathematics for elementary teachers.

 “The Ph.D. process has provided me with a number of educational resources that will improve classroom instruction as well as assist in increasing student engagement in the classroom,” Walker said.

Walker will graduate Friday, May 9, at 7 p.m. from Oklahoma State University at Gallaghar-Iba Arena. 

“Completing a doctorate is a big accomplishment, and we are proud that Dena has reached this milestone,” Dr. Tim Maharry, professor of mathematics and chair of the department of mathematics and computer science, said.  “Over the past several years Dena has taken a variety of mathematics and education classes as part of her doctoral studies.”

 Walker is the daughter of Dennis and Dianna Walker and granddaughter of John and Marianne Denny and the late Harold and Zelphia Walker, all of Pawnee.