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Northwest Missouri State University

Dr. Mary Shepherd

Dr. Mary Shepherd



1677 Garrett-Strong


660.562.1188 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 2001



  • 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

  • Strategies for Precalculus
  • Math Skills
  • College Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Precalculus
  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Calculus III
  • Exploring Math Related Fields
  • Probability and Statistics
  • College Geometry
  • Transition to Proofs
  • Modern Algebra—Rings
  • Modern Algebra—Groups
  • Introduction to Analysis
  • Non-Euclidean Geometry

Academic Interests

  • Differential Geometry
  • Reading mathematics
  • Undergraduate Mathematics Education

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.
  • Shepherd, Mary D., “Drunkard’s Path and Other Quarter Circle Quilting Patterns,” soon to be book chapter.
  • Shepherd, Mary D., Morrow, Margaret, “Effect of Teacher Prompts on Student Proof Construction, Preliminary Report”, 19th RUME Conference (research continuing)
  • Numerous presentations

Student Group Advisement

  • Student MAA Chapter

Other Professional Experiences

  • Past chair of Missouri Section of MAA
  • Current Governor, Missouri Section of MAA
  • Member of Audit Committee and Committee on Teaching Undergraduate Mathematics of MAA
  • Member, MAA Instructional Practices Guide writing team.
  • Chair/Co-Chair Missouri Math Pathways Taskforce (former)