Mathematics

Mathematics students

Small classes and personal attention make Methodist University an excellent choice for the study of mathematics. A most demanding major, mathematics challenges you to open your mind, think in abstract terms, and put it all back together in a practical application. The emphasis is on concepts, and professors work one-on-one with you to ensure you understand and are able to take what you learn to the next level. Independent studies are available. Many mathematics majors opt for teacher licensure. The department is a member of the Mathematical Association of America.  We invite you to follow the Department of Mathematics on Facebook.

Mission

The mission of the Department of Mathematics is to promote the field of Mathematics and to ensure that every Methodist University student acquires the necessary mathematical skills to succeed in his/her chosen career.

Goals

  1. Students who complete the General Education/Core courses in Mathematics will be adept in basic mathematical skills.
  2. Students who graduate with a major in Mathematics or Mathematical Education will be prepared to pursue advanced degrees in graduate school or pursue careers in teaching, industries, or a related field.

Resources

Computer Labs

Allison Hall has two computer labs which fit the needs of all levels of math and computer science students. There is software on these computers tailored to those majors dealing with programming and complex mathematics.

Peer Tutoring

Peer tutoring in Mathematics is available through the Tutoring Center, located in Davis Memorial Library.

Contact the Mathematics Program

Dr. Kathleen Fick

Kathleen Fick, PhD

Chair, Mathematics; Professor of Mathematics
(910) 630-7229
Allison 105B
Dr. Kathleen Fick
Kathleen Fick, PhD

Chair, Mathematics; Professor of Mathematics

B.S., Buena Vista University; M.S., Ph.D., Auburn University

Undergraduate Teaching Areas:

First Year Seminar, Intro to College Math, Finite Mathematics, College Algebra, Integrated Pre-calculus, Pre-calculus I, Pre-calculus II, Calculus I, Calculus II, Differential Equations, History of Mathematics, Modern College Geometry, Mathematics for Teachers I, and Mathematics for Teachers II

Research Interests:

Current research focus is in K-16 mathematics education. More specifically, research focus areas include future educators’ mathematical understanding and preparation; teachers’ mathematical content knowledge, understanding, and training; the development of children’s algebraic and geometric understanding, procedural versus conceptual error analysis, the use and understanding of manipulatives; STEM/Mathematical critical thinking; Calculus sequence preparation; and mathematical literacy.

In the area of pure mathematics, prior research focused on boundary value problems for ordinary differential equations and dynamic equations on time scales.

(910) 630-7229
Allison 105B