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Math Faculty

Anhhong Benson

Anhhong Benson

Lecturer

Prior to joining SNHU as a lecturer of mathematics in 2018, Anhhong Benson spent several years at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). Her roles included time as a math tutor, teaching assistant and instructor of record in pre-calculus, and teaching assistant in both calculus and calculus for life science.

Benson earned her Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics with a concentration in Economics and a minor in Business Administration from UNH, followed by a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics from the same institution.

Christine Caples

Christine Caples

Assistant Professor

Dr. Christine Caples joined SNHU as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics in 2017. Originally from Boston, she earned her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and MS in Mathematics from the University of Iowa and her BS in Mathematics from Fairfield University. As a graduate student, she completed a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching and was awarded the University of Iowa Council on Teaching Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. Prior to coming to SNHU, Dr. Caples spent a year teaching at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.

Dr. Caples is a 2017 fellow of MAA Project NExT. Her research interests are in knot theory and, more recently, mathematics education. Specifically, she is interested in exploring inquiry-based learning in the classroom. She loves teaching and getting students excited about mathematics.

David Earls

David J. Earls

Lecturer

Dr. David Earls' teaching experience dates back to 2003, when he got his start as a high school mathematics teacher at Pope John XXIII High School in Everett, MA. He would later serve as a high school mathematics teacher at Boston University Academy, an adjunct professor of mathematics at Newbury College, a graduate teaching assistant and later lecturer at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), and once again as a high school mathematics teacher at Dexter Southfield in Brookline, MA.

Dr. Earls earned both a BA in Mathematics and a BA in Computer Science from Brandeis University before earning his MS in Mathematics from Tufts University, with a master's thesis in Representation of Finite Groups. He earned his PhD in Mathematics Education from UNH with a dissertation titled 'Students' Misconceptions of Sequences and Series in Second Semester Calculus.' Dr. Earls' work has been published in numerous mathematics publications.

Melanie Fraser

Melanie Fraser

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Melanie Fraser joined the math department at Southern New Hampshire University in 2019. Prior to SNHU, she served as an instructor, graduate learning fellow and a teaching assistant at Dartmouth College.

Fraser earned her PhD and Master of Arts in Mathematics from Dartmouth. She previously received two bachelor’s degrees from Middlebury College – in mathematics and Chinese.

Adam Gilbert

Adam Gilbert

Associate Professor

Dr. Gilbert joined SNHU as an assistant professor of mathematics in the Fall of 2014. Prior to coming to SNHU, Gilbert earned his bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and economics from Merrimack College, completed his master’s and PhD in mathematics at the University of Rhode Island, and spent a year teaching at Northeastern University. Courses taught at SNHU include Introductory Applied Statistics, Regression Analysis, Precalculus, Calculus I, and Number Theory. Gilbert was a finalist for SNHU’s Excellence in Teaching Award during the 2014 – 2015 academic year.

Dr. Gilbert’s primary area of research is in graph theory, a branch of discrete mathematics. Interests include graph representations, graph coloring, Ramsey problems, and also combinatorial game theory. Gilbert has published in the area of difference equations as well as in graph theory, and has a 2015 paper which confirms the Erdős-Sós Conjecture for graphs having restricted diameter (due to appear in Congressus Numerantium). In addition to publishing, Gilbert regularly attends and speaks at regional and national conferences. Recent talks include “Games of No Chance: Mathematical Analysis of Some Combinatorial Games”, the keynote address at the 2015 North Shore Undergraduate Mathematics Conference.

Current and recent SNHU committees include SAS Strategic Planning Committee, University Conduct Board, and Scholastic Standing Committee. Professional memberships include: Mathematical Association of America, American Mathematical Society, National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematicians, and the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.

David Gray

David M. Gray Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Before arriving at SNHU, Dr. David Gray enjoyed more than a decade as an associate professor in the mathematics department of New England College in Henniker, NH. Dr. Gray has held a variety of teaching positions at colleges including the University of New Hampshire and Colby-Sawyer College. He has also spent time with the New Hampshire Technical Institute and the Hillsboro-Deering, Henniker, and ConVal school districts in New Hampshire.

Dr. Gray is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Mathematics Association of America. He earned his B.A. in Mathematics and Music Composition and Theory from New England College, before moving on to earn his M.Ed. in Mathematics Education from Plymouth State College and his M.S. in Mathematics from the University of New Hampshire. He earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from the University of New Hampshire in 2006, with a dissertation titled An investigation into pre-service teachers' and professional mathematicians' perceptions of mathematical proof at the secondary school level.

Bill Jamieson

William T. Jamieson Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Jamieson joined SNHU as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics in 2016. He is a Rhode Island native, and he earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Rhode Island in 2015. After graduating, he spent a year as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wheaton College (MA). He loves to teach and to share his enthusiasm for mathematics with his students. He was awarded the Robert Sine Memorial Scholarship for Teaching Excellence in Math while a graduate student at the University of Rhode Island, and is a 2016 fellow of MAA Project NExT.

Dr. Jamieson's research is in the field of difference equations and discrete dynamical systems. His current work is focused around the study of the local qualitative behavior of planar maps near non-hyperbolic fixed points, especially those which have characteristic values equal to one or negative one. He is also interested in applications of discrete dynamical systems to population modeling in mathematical biology, in particular host-parasitoid models.

Faculty

William Kratochvil

Lecturer of Mathematics

A lecturer of Mathematics, William Kratochvil joined SNHU in 2007 after spending 37 years in the private sector working in or managing research and product developmental laboratories. Courses taught include Algebra, Finite Math, Statistics, Calculus as well as Physics.

Projects and inventions included, Energy absorbing structures, automotive passive restraint system (“Airbags”), Titanium processing for specialized human bone implants (knee and hip replacements) and many others.

Kratochvil received his Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Physics from the University of Wisconsin and his Master of Business Administration from the Indiana University.

Megan Paddack

Megan Paddack Ph.D.

Dept. Chair, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, School of Arts and Sciences at SNHU

Megan Paddack is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics in the School of Arts and Sciences at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). She developed SNHU's new Middle School Mathematics Education Program, is currently working on developing the Secondary Mathematics Education Program, and serves as the Program Coordinator for the School of Education's programs in mathematics education. She is one of the original members of the Ed. D. development committee and will be teaching courses for this program related to conducting research in the field of education.

Megan earned her Ph. D. in Mathematics Education from the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at the University of New Hampshire. Her dissertation and current research interests are related to teacher knowledge, mathematical proofs in pre-college classrooms, and teacher education both pre-service and in-service. She came to SNHU three years ago. During that time and during her time at UNH, she has taught mathematics courses, for future teachers and for general education students. She has also taught graduate courses in mathematics and education, and is currently serving on a dissertation committee for a student who has successful defended her dissertation and is finalizing her writing. Megan has also served at the project manager for a Middle School Mathematics Partnership Grant at UNH, and works with a number of New Hampshire School Districts as a professional development leader.

Jenna Reis

Jenna Reis

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Jenna Reis joins the mathematics department at SNHU after spending the previous three years as an assistant professor of mathematics at Fitchburg State University. Prior to that time, she had worked since 2010 as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Rhode Island. Her primary research area is numerical linear algebra, and she has been published in numerous academic journals.

Reis earned her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics (with a minor in Economics) from Emmanuel College in Boston. She went on to earn both an MS and PhD in Mathematics from the University of Rhode Island.

Megan Sawyer

Megan Sawyer

Associate Professor

Dr. Megan Sawyer joined the mathematics department as an assistant professor in 2013. Courses taught include: Heart of Mathematics, Applied Statistics, Calculus, Cryptology, Applied Linear Algebra, and Differential Equations.

Sawyer received their Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education from University of Colorado Denver, a Certificate of Post-Baccalaureate Studies in Mathematics from Smith College, and their Master of Science in Mathematics and Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Mathematics from North Carolina State University. Sawyer was nominated for SNHU¹s Excellence in Teaching award in 2015, as well as several teaching awards from North Carolina State University.

Sawyer has served or serves as a member of the School of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee, Undergraduate Research Committee, and the President’s Commission on LGBTQ Advocacy. In addition, they serve on the Great Bay Community College Mathematics Department Advisory Board, have participated in several symposia for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education, and serve as an advisor to Generation Equality, an advocacy group on campus.

Research interests include physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeling including applications to Vitamin D as well as dermal models. Multiple conference presentations and publications, including articles submitted to Toxicology Letters and Journal of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics, center around these topics. Research awards include the US Environmental Protection Agency 2013 Level III Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards (STAA) for work conducted with undergraduate students. Other publications include "Modeling Dynamic Biological Systems" by Hannon and Ruth, Mathematical Association of America Book Reviews, October 2015.

Christina Starkey

Christina Starkey Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Starkey joined the SNHU Mathematics department as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics in 2016. Prior to this, she served as a Doctoral Instructional Assistant at Texas State University, where she taught lab sections and was the instructor of record for a variety of courses, including developmental mathematics, calculus, and mathematics for teachers, and was awarded the Graduate Teaching Excellence and Research Awards. Dr. Starkey is a 2016 MAA Project NExT Fellow. Dr. Starkey is passionate about helping students see the beauty in mathematics and build their mathematical confidence. Courses taught at SNHU include Calculus, Cryptology, Statistics for Teachers, Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching, and The Heart of Mathematics.

Starkey has served or serves as a member of the School of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee, the President’s Commission on LGBTQ Advocacy, and the VPAA’s Teaching Effectiveness Guidance Working Group.

Dr. Starkey’s research centers on helping students, particularly preservice teachers, learn how to communicate mathematically. Her current projects focus on helping preservice teachers develop their notions of productive struggle in mathematics, interpret the mathematical content in student struggles, and ideas about how teachers can support students’ mathematical struggles productively. She is also interested in the use of reflective writing as a tool for learning to read and write mathematical proofs.

Steven Johnson

Steven K. Johnson

Dean (School of Arts and Sciences)

Dr. Steven Johnson is the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Southern New Hampshire University. He is responsible for the execution of the school's vision, mission, and guiding principles in support of SNHU's wider mission. Prior to assuming this role, Dr. Johnson served as the Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Johnson's academic experience also includes time as an adjunct faculty member at SNHU, as well as time as an Assistant Professor of English and an Instructor of English at the United States Military Academy. He has taught courses in Composition, Literature, and Graphic Narratives.

After earning his B.S. in English from the United States Military Academy, Dr. Johnson went on to earn an M.A. in English and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington. His dissertation was titled "Re-enacting the Civil War: Genre and American Memory." Dr. Johnson is a member of the American Conference of Academic Deans, the American Literature Association, and the North East Modern Language Association, among other organizations. He has been published in The Ambrose Bierce Project Journal and given scholarly presentations at a wide range of conferences and lectures series.