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Mathematics Faculty & Staff

Vision Statement

We, the mathematics faculty of Birmingham Southern College, seek to establish an interactive learning environment for all students through investigative explorations, collaborative projects and undergraduate research. In this endeavor we will actively pursue current advances in the areas of technology and mathematical pedagogy. Through interdisciplinary conversations with colleagues and community involvement we seek to prepare students for future development and studies.

Faculty:

Jeffrey Barton (Associate Professor of Mathematics) Number theory, approximation theory.

Jeffrey Barton

I am originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and I grew up there and in Houston, Texas. After graduating high school in Houston I returned to Baton Rouge to attend Louisiana State University. At LSU I completed a double major in mathematics and English with an emphasis in creative writing. Early in my undergraduate experience I knew that I wanted to be a college professor, and in the end I decided to pursue an academic career in mathematics. I graduated from LSU in 1992 and entered graduate school that same year at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1999 I completed my Ph.D. in mathematics and accepted a position here at Birmingham-Southern College. My mathematical interests include probability, statistics, and mathematical modeling, particularly models for the spread of infectious diseases. I love teaching all levels of mathematics, and I particularly enjoy doing so as a member of such a dedicated and supportive department. Email: jbarton@bsc.edu.


Bernadette Mullins (Professor of Mathematics) Abstract algebra.

Bernadette Mullins Although my mother was English and my father was Irish, I grew up in Canada and the Midwest. I dabbled in biology at Western Illinois University until I took calculus and got hooked on mathematics. I headed on to the University of Iowa for graduate school where I fell for commutative ring theory. I spent a few years on the faculty at Youngstown State University in Ohio before finding my academic home here at Birmingham-Southern College. I love teaching and thinking about mathematics (especially extensions of commutative rings and questions about factorization) and mathematics education. Other favorites include music, traveling, dark beer, cycling, hiking, movies and eating food that other people cook. E-mail: bmullins@bsc.edu


Douglas Riley (Associate Professor of Mathematics )Functional analysis, numerical analysis.Douglas Riley

I was born in South Dakota, moved to North Dakota as an infant (where, according to my father, "The wind blows so hard it makes your hair hurt") and have spent the rest of my life trying to move south. The first stop on my trip south was Greencastle, Indiana where I grew up and also attended college at DePauw University. At DePauw, I double majored in Mathematics and Computer Science, worked as a tutor in DePauw's version of the Quantitative Reasoning Center, and spent too much time goofing off. I also happened to meet Sheryl Teeguarden (yes…her last name was spelled that way)

After college I spent two years working for Allison Transmission Division of General Motors as a Systems Analyst for the Marketing Department (I still don't know what the title meant). I also started to date Sheryl at this time and life was good. Yet I missed academia, and mathematics in particular, so I decided to go back to school and give up the hefty (at that time) salary that I was earning at GM. I quit my job, got married, bought my first home, started graduate school, and moved to Lexington, Kentucky, all in August of 1993. I loved my time at UK and spent a total of six years in Lexington getting my PhD in Mathematics. (I probably could have finished my degree earlier, but I learned how to play Bridge and it's much more tempting to play Bridge than to do mathematical research, although mathematical research is also fun.)

I continued my trek south with the move to Birmingham and started at Birmingham-Southern College in the fall of 1999. Since that time I have had three children, Amanda, Eliza and Ivan, with have no plans for any more. I continue to play Bridge, although it is more difficult to find the time with three children, and life is good. I enjoying teaching and am blessed with wonderful colleagues. I have adapted well to living in the south, and enjoy the weather (no more snow for me!). Although I still don't really understand the importance placed on college football, and have refrained from becoming a fan of either Alabama or Auburn, I can accept this oddity. Birmingham and BSC are both lovely places to live and work and I feel blessed to be able to call them both Home. Email: driley@bsc.edu


Maria Stadnik (Assistant Professor of Mathematics) Number theoryMaria Stadnik

Influential experiences in undergraduate mathematics research motivated me to become a math professor.  I began my postgraduate education in 2005 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, earning my Master's degree in 2007.  My graduate education continued at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where I learned the true meaning of the phrase “cooler by the lake” (it’s no joke!).  I earned my doctorate in mathematics from Northwestern in June 2012 and then made the big move south to Birmingham-Southern.  I am passionate about teaching and undergraduate research.  My main mathematical interests are algebra and number theory.  When I am not teaching or researching, I enjoy running, baking, cooking, eating barbeque, and listening to Latin music.  Email: mstadnik@bsc.edu


Anne Yust (Assistant Professor) Mathematical Biology.

Anne Yust (Assistant Professor) Mathematical Biology.I grew up in Westminster, Maryland, a small town that I like to dub “a suburb of the suburbs of Baltimore.” (Go Ravens!!) Throughout high school I had aspirations of becoming a dentist, but after a painfully boring biology class in my junior year, I realized that this would not be a very fun academic path to reach my dream job. In my senior year, I had a fantastic AP Calculus teacher that addicted me to the thrill of mathematics.

I attended Bridgewater College (Go Eagles!!), a small liberal arts school located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of western Virginia, with the intention of double-majoring in mathematics and computer science. I quickly dropped the computer science major in order to have more flexibility in my course options.

In the summer between my junior and senior years at Bridgewater, I participated in a REU at Carnegie Mellon University (Go Tartans!!) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Go Penguins!!). I fell in love with the city, and must have impressed the faculty, which opened up the doors to graduate school at CMU. My thesis advisor suggested a couple of problems to tackle, where one focused on a biological issue. I loved learning about the biology, and especially loved applying mathematics to work out solutions to the problem.

I continued through graduate school focusing on topics in mathematical biology and ultimately successfully defended my dissertation in the summer of 2010. I then drove straight to Birmingham, affectionately known as the Pittsburgh of the South, to begin a new chapter of my academic career. I found a perk to living in the south is the large proportion of pleasant days, which has allowed me to continue my possibly impractical journey to become a professional tennis player . I am also on a never-ending quest for the perfect reuben and microbrew.  Email: ayust@bsc.edu


Staff:

Patty Henry (Secretary)Patty Henry

I am originally from St. Louis, MO.  I moved to Henderson, TN, in 1993 where I attended Freed-Hardeman University majoring in Family and Child Studies.  I finished two years and got married in 1995.  I worked on that campus in the Counseling Department before moving to Alabama in 1998.  I began working for the AL Dept. of Rehabilitation Services, but truly missed working with the faculty and students.  I was thrilled to be back on a college campus when I got this job in 2000.  In addition to working full time here, I am a mother of twin boys who were born in June of 2008.  In my spare time (ha!), I'm a small events planner specializing in Baby and Bridal Showers/Teas. E-mail: phenry@bsc.edu

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