Math Faculty

Alec Ingraham - Professor


A professor of mathematics, Alec Ingraham began as an adjunct instructor in 1976 and for over 35 years has taught mathematics at SNHU.  Ingraham is co-chair of the Mathematics Department and has served as a department chair for the past 29 years. Ingraham received his Bachelor of Arts in History and his Master of Arts in Mathematics from University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Ingraham has served on a variety of university committees including the Curriculum, Personnel, Assessment, and NEASC related accreditation committees and the Norton "Tuffy" Phelps' Textbook Scholarship Committee. His service includes being a delegate to the AMATYC National Convention from 1993-2002, member of the NEMATYC Board from 1997-2002, and co-chair at the NEMATYC Annual Conference in 2006 and 2009.

Ingraham is active in the community as the chair of the Billerica Massachusetts Historical Commission and is treasurer and vice-president of the Billerica Section of the Middlesex Canal Commission.

David Cox - Associate Professor


David Cox joined SNHU in 1990 and is an associate professor of mathematics. Before coming to SNHU, David worked as an actuary for an insurance company where he regularly used the math included in the undergraduate mathematics curriculum.

He received his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Business Administration from Southwest Baptist University and his Master of Science in Mathematics from The University of Oklahoma.

David received the SNHU Advisor of the Year award in 2011 for Radio SNHU.

Karen Erickson - Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences


Dr. Karen Erickson came to SNHU in 2006 after 15 years at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she was on the political science faculty and awarded emerita rank. She directed programs in science, education, public policy and in Arctic affairs and policies assessment. Erickson also has held university teaching and administrative posts in Canada and Norway.

Erickson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stanford, a Master of Arts in Political Science and Doctor of Philosophy from Harvard.

Erickson is a founder of the University of the Arctic and was on the U.S. delegation to the Arctic Council. Her publications cover Arctic and international politics, security, environmental policy, cold war legacies, rural education and postwar politics of Finland.

A winner of two Fulbright awards, Erickson has held fellowships with the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, the Scholar's Roundtable-NYU School of Law and the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education. She is a Leadership Fellow of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement and a member of the board of directors of the American Conference of Academic Deans as well as the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire.

Megan Paddack - Assistant Professor


An assistant professor of mathematics at SNHU since 2009, Dr. Megan Paddack is also the program coordinator for Middle School Mathematics Education program. Courses taught include college algebra, finite mathematics, mathematics for elementary education I and II, mathematics for the humanities, and mathematical proofs and problem solving. Paddack's dissertation study was focused on middle school math teachers and she has years of experience teaching practicing teachers.

Paddack was nominated for SNHU's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010 and 2011 and won the award in 2012.
Paddack received her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Plattsburgh State University of New York, and her Master of Science in Mathematics and Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics Education from the University of New Hampshire.

Current and recent SNHU committees include chair of the University Curriculum Committee, chair of the School of Liberal Arts Curriculum Committee, Task Force for Faculty Evaluations, Faculty Center for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching, Search Committees for Mathematics Department, English Department, and School of Education, Doctorate of Education Development Committee, and the School of Education Advisory Board. 

Professional memberships include: American Educational Research Association, American Mathematical Society, Association for Women in Mathematics, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education.
Presentations include "Making Meaning: The interplay between teachers' knowledge and their classroom practices," New Directions Lecture, SNHU, April 2010 and "Inquiry in the mathematics classroom: The relationship among inquiry, reasoning, and proof," National Council of Teaches of Mathematics Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, April 22-25, 2009.

Megan Sawyer - Assistant Professor


Megan joined SNHU in 2013 as an assistant professor of mathematics. Prior to SNHU she was a Graduate TA/Instructor at North Carolina State University where she received fellowships and awards as a graduate teaching assistant.

Sawyer received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education at the University of Colorado at Denver, her Master of Science in Applied Mathematics and her Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Mathematics from North Carolina State University.

Sawyer’s research includes modeling biological systems using physiologically-based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeling techniques, with a main focus on vitamin D. She has given numerous presentations regarding her research.

Sawyer is a member of the American Mathematical Society and the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

Pamela Cohen - Dept. Chair, Associate Professor


An associate professor of mathematics, Pamela Cohen's goal is "to demystify math" for her students. At SNHU since 1984, Cohen has been teaching mathematics at the secondary and post-secondary level for more than 40 years. In the community, she has been preparing high school students for the SATs and building their confidence for college math courses. She is also involved with curriculum development at the high school level. In addition, she researches standards and best practices for high schools.

Cohen is chair of the Mathematics Department and is active on the University Faculty Senate, the University Human Resources Committee, SNHU School of Education Advisory Board, SNHU Disabilities Advisory Board, University General Education Committee, Distance Education Advisory Board and chair of the Women's Faculty Group Scholarship Committee.
Cohen received her Bachelor of Science in Secondary School Mathematics from Boston University and her Master in Education as an Elementary Mathematics Specialist from Teachers College, Columbia University.

She serves on the New Hampshire Department of Education's Excellence in Education High School Selection Committee.

Cohen's recent presentations include, NEMATYC Presenter, "Tablet PCs in the Mathematics Classroom," Manchester, NH, 2009; NHTI Presenter, "Tablet PCs in the Mathematics Classroom," Concord, NH 2009 and ICTCM Presenter, "Teaching Mathematics On-line: Challenges and Solutions," New Orleans, LA, 2009.

Susan D'Agostino - Assistant Professor


An assistant professor of mathematics at SNHU since 2009, Dr. Susan D'Agostino designed the Mathematics Major, Applied Mathematics Minor and Mathematics Minor. D’Agostino also designed and teaches mathematics courses including Calculus I, Calculus II, Applied Statistics, Discrete Mathematics, Applied Linear Algebra, Advanced Linear Algebra, Real Analysis, Regression Analysis, Error-correcting Codes, Topology and The Heart of Mathematics. She serves as coordinator for the Math Major, Applied Math Minor and Math Minor and was nominated for SNHU's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010, 2011 and 2012. D'Agostino received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Bard College, her Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics from Smith College, her Master of Arts in Mathematics from Dartmouth College and her Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics from Dartmouth College.

She has served or serves as a member of the University Curriculum Committee, NEASC Committee, School of Arts and Sciences Scholarship Committee, Faculty Senate and the Taskforce for Undergraduate Research.

D'Agostino has been a keynote speaker, contributor and panelist at numerous conferences, including ''Linear Algebra: The Secret of Google’s Success'' at The Center for Women in Mathematics (October 2011) and ''Helping Business Students Acclimate to the Statistics Classroom,'' a contributed paper to the session “What I Wish I Knew When I Taught Statistics the First Time...'' Mathematical Association of America’s Mathfest, Lexington, Kentucky, (August 2011).

Publications include ''A Math Major, Polya, Invention and Discovery,'' Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Volume 2, July 2011. D'Agostino has also written multiple book reviews including ''Calculus: An Active Approach with Projects'' by Hilbert, Schwartz, Seltzer, Maceli and Robinson, Mathematical Association of America Book Reviews, June 2011.