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Northwest Missouri State University


Dr. Mary Shepherd

Dr. Mary Shepherd

Email

Office

1677 Garrett-Strong

Phone

660.562.1205
660.562.1188 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 2001

Professor


Education

  • Ph.D. Mathematics; Washington University in St. Louis, 1996
  • M.A. Mathematics; Washington University in St. Louis, 1993
  • Masters of Accountancy; University of Oklahoma, 1987
  • Bachelor of Music; Missouri State University, 1976

Courses Taught

  • Math Skills
  • College Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Precalculus
  • Calculus 1 and 2
  • Multivariate Calculus
  • Probability & Statistics
  • College Geometry
  • Logic of the Exact Sciences
  • Introduction to Abstract Algebra
  • Non-Euclidean Geometry

Academic Interests

  • Geometry
  • Reading mathematics

Scholarly Activity

  • Shepherd, Mary D., (2005) “Encouraging Students to Read Mathematics”, PRIMUS, 15(2), 124-144.
  • Shepherd, Mary D.; Selden, Annie; Selden, John, (2012): “University Students‘ Reading of Their First-Year Mathematics Textbooks,” Mathematical Thinking and Learning, 14:3, 226-256.
  • Shepherd, Mary D.; van de Sande, Carla C.; (2014) “Reading Mathematics for Understanding—From Novice to Expert ,” Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 35, 74-86.
  • Shepherd, Mary D.; “Symmetry Patterns in Cross-Stitch”, book chapter in Making Mathematics with Needlework. 2008. A. K. Peters, Wellesley, MA.
  • Shepherd, Mary D., belcastro, sarah-marie; Yackel, Carolyn; “Group Actions in Cross-Stitch”, book chapter in Crafting by Concepts. 2011. A. K. Peters, Wellesley, MA.
  • Numerous presentations

Student Group Advisement

  • Student MAA Chapter

Other Professional Experiences

  • Member: MAA, AMS, AWM, SIGMAA- RUME, SIGMAA-ARTS
  • Past chair of Missouri Section of MAA
  • Member of Audit Committee and Committee on Teaching Undergraduate Mathematics of MAA