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Northwest Missouri State University


Dr. Mary Shepherd

Dr. Mary Shepherd

Email

Office

1677 Garrett-Strong

Phone

660.562.1205

Joined Northwest in 2001

Associate Professor


Education

  • PhD Mathematics, Washington University in St. Louis, 1996
  • MA Mathematics, Washington University in St. Louis, 1993
  • M Accountancy, University of Oklahoma, 1987
  • B Music, Missouri State University, 1976

Courses Taught

  • College Algebra
  • Precalculus
  • Calculus 1
  • Calculus 2
  • Multivariate Calculus
  • College Geometry
  • Logic of the Exact Sciences
  • Non-Euclidean Geometry

Academic Interests

  • Differential Geometry
  • Undergraduate Mathematics Education-reading mathematics

Scholarly Activity

  • "Group Actions in Cross-Stitch," in Crafting by Concepts, edited by sarah-marie belcastro and Carolyn Yackel, publisher CRC Press, 2011.
  • "Can First-Year University Students Read Their Mathematics Textbooks Effectively?" Joint paper with John and Annie Selden, to appear, Journal of Mathematical Thinking and Learning.
  • "Reading Online Mathematics Textbooks," joint paper with Carla van de Sande, Proceedings of the 14th Annual Conference of Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, 2011.
  • "Teaching Mathematics Reading Strategies to First Year College Mathematics Students and the Effect on Reading Comprehension," Proceedings of the 13th Annual Conference of Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, 2010.
  • "Reading Online Mathematics Textbooks," presentation at 14th Annual RUME Conference, Portland, Oregon, February, 2011.
  • "Reading Online Mathematics Textbooks," presentation at Joint Mathematical Meetings, New Orleans, Louisiana, January, 2011.

Student Group Advisement

  • Student Chapter of MAA

Other Professional Experiences

  • Sabbatical 2010-2011 academic year spent at Arizona State University
  • Professional memberships in AMS, MAA, AWM

Other

  • Past member of MAA Executive Committee, current member of Budget Committee of the MAA Board of Governors
  • Past Secretary/Treasurer of Missouri Section of the MAA
  • Current Vice-Chair of the Missouri Section of the MAA
  • Hobbies: running, cross-stitching
  • Favorite books: mysteries and science fiction/fantasy