# School of Arts & Sciences

# Faculty for Math and Computer Science

Comprising the Math and Computer Science Department are faculty members (left to right):

- Dr. Tim Maharry (Mathematics) Department Chair
- Dr. Dena Walker (Mathematics)
- Mr. Evan Vaverka (Computer Science)
- Dr. Sheila Brintnall (Mathematics)
- Mr. Mark Bagley (Computer Science)
- Mr. Keenan Meeker (Mathematics)
- Dr. Mary Riegel (Mathematics)

Dr. Tim Maharry (Chair)

# Professor of Mathematics

Chair, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Beisel Family Endowed Chair in Mathematics

Phone: (580) 327-8583

Office: Shockley Hall 214

E-Mail: tjmaharry@nwosu.edu

**EDUCATION:**

- Ph.D. – Statistics, Oklahoma State University
- M.S. – Applied Mathematics, Oklahoma State University
- B.S. – Mathematics, Hastings College

**COURSES TYPICALLY TAUGHT:**

- College Algebra
- Contemporary Math
- Statistics
- Math Models
- Probability & Statistics I
- Probability & Statistics II
- Calculus

**NORTHWESTERN ROLES/ACTIVITIES:**

- Campus Coordinator for the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in STEM (OK-SLAMP)
- Heartland BEST Robotics Co-Director
- MATHCOUNTS Competition Volunteer
- NW Regional Science Fair Volunteer

**CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:**

- John Barton Award for Distinguished Teaching and Service, 2008
- Donovan Reichenberger Fundraising Award, 2017

Mark Bagley

# Instructor of Computer Science

Phone: (580) 327-8604

Office: Shockley Hall 116

E-Mail: mabagley@nwosu.edu

**EDUCATION:**

- M.Ed. Northwestern Oklahoma State University, 2013
- B.S. Northeastern Oklahoma State University, 1980

**COURSES TYPICALLY TAUGHT:**

- Database Management
- System Analysis & Design
- Advanced Programming
- Data Structures
- Operating Systems
- Robotics
- Computer Forensics
- Network Security

**NORTHWESTERN ROLES/ACTIVITIES:**

- Co-Sponsor of the Computer Science Club
- Co-Sponsor of the Game Programming Teams
- BEST Robotics Competition Volunteer
- Member of the Academic Affairs Appeals Committee
- Sponsor of Robotics Activities

**HOBBIES:**

- Reading
- Fishing
- Music
- Research
- Robot Design and Development

**CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:**

- Development of Robotics and Computer Science Labs
- Game Programming Teams winning many awards at the annual Heartland Gaming Expo sponsored by the University of Tulsa
- Serving on the Organizational Committee of the Heartland Gaming Expo

Dr. Sheila Brintnall

# Professor of Mathematics

Phone: (580) 327-8582

Office: Shockley Hall 223

E-Mail: skbrintnall@nwosu.edu

**EDUCATION:**

- PhD Mathematics Education – University of Oklahoma
- MS Pure Mathematics – Oklahoma State University
- BSEduc Mathematics Education – Northwestern Oklahoma State University
- BAEduc English Education – Northwestern Oklahoma State University

**COURSES TYPICALLY TAUGHT:**

- MATH 0015 Beginning Algebra
- MATH 1513 College Algebra
- MATH 1514 College Algebra with Review
- MATH 2215 Calculus I
- MATH 2315 Calculus II
- MATH 3353 Modern Algebra
- MATH 4333 History of Mathematics
- MATH 4442 Teaching Secondary Math
- MATH 4203 Differential Equations

**NORTHWESTERN ROLES/ACTIVITIES:**

- Co-Director of Miss Cinderella Pageant
- BEST Robotics Competition Volunteer
- MATHCOUNTS Competition Volunteer
- NW Regional Science Fair Volunteer
- Teacher Education Faculty Member
- Financial Aid Appeals Committee Member

**LISCENSURE:**

Mathematics, English, and Computer Science

**HOBBIES:**

- Sewing
- Quilting

**CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:**

Seeing my former students in the Education field, where many have moved into adminstration roles. Proud to know my teaching helped them accomplish their dreams.

**RESEARCH AND SCHOLARLY INTERESTS:**

- Mathematics Learning

**SPECIAL INTERESTS:**

- Boston Terriers

**FAVORITE QUOTE:**

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step." Lao Tzu

Keenan Meeker

# Instructor of Mathematics

Developmental Mathematics Coordinator

Phone: (580) 327-8581

Office: Shockley Hall 212

E-Mail: krmeeker@nwosu.edu

**EDUCATION:**

- Ph. D. in Progress, Oklahoma State University
- M.Ed., Northwestern Oklahoma State University
- B.A., The Master’s University, Santa Clarita

**COURSES TYPICALLY TAUGHT:**

- MATH 0013 Pre-Intermediate Algebra
- MATH 0123 Intermediate Algebra
- MATH 0115 Beginning Algebra
- MATH 1403 Contemporary Mathematics
- MATH 1514 College Algebra with Review
- MATH 1513 College Algebra
- MATH 3043 Math Tech

**NORTHWESTERN ROLES/ACTIVITIES:**

- Developmental Mathematics Coordinator
- Heartland BEST Robotics Committee Member
- Honors Committee Member
- Student Affairs Committee Member
- MATHCOUNTS Competition Volunteer

**LICENSURE:**

- Oklahoma Mathematics Teaching Certification

**RESEARCH/SCHOLARLY INTERESTS:**

- Trends and Issues in Using Technology in Developmental Mathematics Courses
- Educational Technology in Collegiate Mathematics
- Using Discrete Mathematics in the K-12 classroom
- Mathematics Education

**HOBBIES:**

- Traveling
- Grilling/Cooking

**CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:**

- When my students learn to have fun with mathematics; realizing that mathematics is not as scary as they originally thought.

**FAVORTIE QUOTE:**

- “Life is good for only two things, discovering mathematics and teaching mathematics.” –Simeon-Denis Poisson

Dr. Mary Riegel

# Professor of Mathematics

Phone: (580) 327-8437

Office: Shockley Hall 222

E-Mail: mriegel@nwosu.edu

**EDUCATION: **

- Ph.D. in Mathematics with a focus in Combinatorics and Optimization

University of Montana, May 2012

Dissertation: "Nontraditional Positional Games: New methods and boards for playing Tic-Tac-Toe" - M.A. in Mathematics with a focus in Algebra

University of Montana, May 2008

Project: "Elementary Theory of Coxeter Groups" - B.A. in Pure Mathematics

Whitman College, May 2006

Project: "Simson Lines in Euclidean Space"

COURSES TYPICALLY TAUGHT:

- MATH 1403 Contemporary Math (and Contemporary with Lab)
- MATH 1513 College Algebra (and College Algebra with Lab)
- MATH 2013 Statistics
- MATH 2215 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
- MATH 2315 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
- MATH 3043 Math Technology
- MATH 3053 Discrete Mathematics
- MATH 3323 Multivariable Calculus
- MATH 3353 Modern Algebra
- MATH 4203 Differential Equations
- MATH 5180 Women in Mathematics (grad level)

PAST NWOSU COURSES TAUGHT:

- MATH 2233 Structural Concepts in Arithmetic (for Elementary Ed majors)
- MATH 2433 Structural Concepts in Mathematics (for Elementary Ed majors)
- MATH 2633 Geometry for Elementary Teachers (for Elementary Ed majors)
- MATH 3013 Linear Algebra

**NORTHWESTERN ROLES/ACTIVITIES:**

- Chair Social Affairs Committee
- Chair FEAD Committee
- Faculty Senate (2017-present)
- Heartland BEST Robotics Co-Director and Game Chair
- Proud supporter of Math Club, Society of Physics Students, Medical Sciences Club, and the Northwestern Art Society

**Who I am away from Northwestern: **

- In my spare time, I love to crochet, quilt, weave, bake, read, and golf. I also love playing board games, and spending time with my oversized dogs.

Evan Vaverka

# Instructor of Computer Science

Phone: (580) 327-8587

Office: Shockley Hall 213

E-Mail: epvaverka@nwosu.edu

**EDUCATION:**

- M.Ed. Adult Education, Management and Administration, Dec 2020
- B.S. Computer Science, May 2015

**COURSES TYPICALLY TAUGHT:**

- Programming Concepts
- Programming 1 and 2
- Game Production and Game Development
- Mobile Application Design
- Micro Computer Applications

**HOBBIES:**

- Playing Video Games
- Designing Video Games

Dr. Dena Walker

# Associate Professor of Mathematics

Phone: (580) 327-8586

Office: Shockley Hall 220

E-Mail: dewalker@nwosu.edu

**EDUCATION:**

- Doctor of Philosophy – Professional Education Studies (Mathematics)

Oklahoma State University, May 2014 - Masters of Education – Secondary Education and Administration

Northwestern Oklahoma State University, December 2004 - Bachelor of Science (Education) – Mathematics Education

Northwestern Oklahoma State University, May 2003

**COURSES TYPICALLY TAUGHT:**

- College Algebra
- College Trigonometry
- College Geometry
- Structural Concepts of Arithmetic
- Structural Concepts of Mathematics
- Geometry for Elementary Teachers

**NORTHWESTERN ROLES/ACTIVITIES:**

- Math Club Co-Sponsor
- Red and Black Scroll Honor Society Co-Sponsor
- Miss Cinderella Banquet Coordinator
- Miss Northwestern Board of Directors

**LICENSURE:**

Oklahoma State Department of Education Teaching Certificate

- Advanced Mathematics
- Intermediate Mathematics
- Mid-level math for High School Credit

**HOBBIES:**

- Baking/Cooking
- Baseball
- Swimming
- Frolicking with friends
- Square Dancing

**CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:**

- When my students are successful in their career/life goals.