Lance joined the department in 2009 after receiving his Ph.D. from Purdue University. As a first-generation college student, he attended Berea College in Kentucky and completed his undergraduate work in 2002. His mathematical interests are in commutative algebra and data science. He also enjoys running a math circle for 4th and 5th graders with his wife Sarah.
Ji Young Choi
Ji Young was born and raised in Korea. She went to Busan National University, Korea for her BS and MS degrees in mathematics. Then, she came to the states for her Ph.D., where she studied combinatorics with professor Jonathan D. H. Smith at Iowa State University. She has been working at Shippensburg University since 2002. She likes nature and art, and she believes in humanism.
Title: Emeritus Professor
Ph.D. University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Winston completed his Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Tennessee, studying category-theoretical properties for categories of topological semigroups and semilattices; he also took a number of computer science courses as a secondary emphasis. He joined the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Shippensburg University in 1976. He spent his first 25 years teaching a variety of both mathematics courses and computer science courses, as well as serving as a computer programming consultant for local businesses and state government agencies. When the department split, he threw his energy into the Math component of the department. He is the author (with C.E. Miller, and with W.G. McArthur), of several Computer Programming textbooks, as well as the author (with D. Ensley) of a Discrete Mathematics textbook. His current interests include the development of textual and online materials for introductory statistics courses.
Office: On leave 2016-2017
Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University
After studying mathematics and computer science at his hometown college, University of Alabama at Huntsville, Doug moved to Pittsburgh and completed his Ph.D. from Carnegie Melon University, studying discrete mathematics and mathematical logic. He has been a member of the Ship Math faculty since 1993. Doug's professional interests lie largely in the development of mathematics curriculum and the use of technology in teaching mathematics. He is the author(with W. Crawley) of a Discrete mathematics textbook, and he has led three successful projects funded by the National Science Foundation's Division of Undergraduate Education. He is currently on leave from SU while working as the Deputy Executive Director of the Mathematical Association of America.
Ph.D. Penn State
Prior to joining the department in 1999, Tom taught high school mathematics at South Western High School in Hanover, PA. His undergraduate and master's degrees are from Millersville University, and he earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Mathematics Education) from Penn State. Tom is a past president of the Pennsylvania Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (PAMTE) and currently serves as Associate Vice-President for Affiliates in the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE).
Title: Associate Professor
Office: MCT 275
Ph.D. University of Iowa
With brief interludes in Budapest and Boston, the majority of Ben's mathematical training took place in his hometown of Iowa City at the University of Iowa where he completed his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics. Upon joining the Ship Math faculty in 2009, Ben has worked to incorporate modeling perspectives into much of the math that he does, both in and out of the classroom. He runs an annual math modeling contest for undergraduates, is a Head Judge for the SIAM/Moody's Mega Math Challenge (for high school students) and regularly advises students in undergraduate research. As the PI of Undergraduate Sustainability Experiences in Mathematics (USE Math), an NSF DUE funded grant, Ben is currently focused on creating, sharing and organizing sustainability themed curriculum for introductory level math courses.
Title: Assistant Professor
Office: MCT 284
Ph.D. American University in Math Education
With humble beginnings as a college dropout at the age of 18, Debbie returned to school at the age of 32 when her youngest child was in kindergarten, graduating with her Ph.D. the same year that her oldest child earned a B.A. in Mathematics. Debbie earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Penn State Harrisburg and a M.S. in Mathematics from Shippensburg University. After spending several years teaching high school, and four years teaching at a private college, Debbie joined the Ship Math faculty in 2009. Her professional interests lie in mathematics education and learning disabilities that negatively impact students' abilities in mathematics, and she enjoys partnering with mathematics education students to conduct research in learning disabilities. Debbie is an active member of mathematics and mathematics education organizations, serving on state and national committees, including serving as President of the Pennsylvania Council of Leaders of Mathematics from 2013 to 2015. In her personal time, Debbie likes to read, garden, tend the chickens, and spend time with family, especially her grandchildren.
Title: Associate Professor
Office: MCT 286
Ph.D. Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison
James received his undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Cornell University, and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He has been a member of the Mathematics Department since 2002. He is the author of Math for Liberal Studies, a textbook for a general education mathematics course. His professional interests include group theory, numerical semigroups, and the use of technology in mathematics education.
Office: MCT 276
Ph.D. University of Virginia
Lenny earned an M.A. degree in mathematics from Penn State University in 1978. He taught for two years at Penn State before joining the faculty at Shippensburg University. After teaching at Shippensburg for two years, Lenny returned to graduate school at the University of Virginia, where he subsequently received a Ph.D. in mathematics. He returned to Shippensburg in 1985 as an assistant professor of mathematics. His areas of research are algebra and number theory. Lenny enjoys traveling, drinking fine wine, eating gourmet food, and playing tennis.
Title: Associate Professor
Office: MCT 285
Ed.D. West Virginia University
After graduate study in mathematics at UCLA and U. Mass at Amherst, Dave ventured into the field of mathematics education, earning his Ed.D. from West Virginia University. He is a frequent presenter at national and regional conferences, specializing in rich tasks and games of strategy. Dave recently earned his 4th and 3rdCategory Titles in class from the US Chess Federation, and achieved an international rating while leading a Chess Club trip to Hungary. He and colleague Ben Galluzzo have developed a commercially available fantasy football algorithm called Draft Hog.
Office: MCT 282
Ph.D. Lehigh University
Kate received a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Hartford, a M.S. in mathematics from Northeastern University and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Lehigh University. After completing her Ph.D. she accepted a three-year teaching post-doc position at the University of Arizona. She returned to the northeast in 2000 when she joined the faculty at Shippensburg. Her current interests involve probability and statistics and when she's not teaching she enjoys cooking and traveling.
Office: MCT 279
Ph.D. University of South Carolina
Diane was born and raised in Queens (NYC), New York. She is a first-generation college student who earned her B.A. in Mathematics from Hunter College (CUNY-City University of New York). After receiving her Ph.D. in Mathematical Statistics from the University of South Carolina in 1982, she became an assistant professor of Statistics at Virginia Tech. When her husband completed his Ph.D. in Biology (from Virginia Tech) in 1987, they were very fortunate to find 2 academic positions at Shippensburg University. Diane's professional interests are in probability and mathematical statistics. Most recently, she has been using technology to demonstrate the meaning of important statistical ideas in her Mathematical Statistics course. In her spare time, she loves to swim and travel with her family, which includes 2 adult children.
Title: Associate Professor
Office: MCT 280
Ph.D. Rice University
Luis A. Melara has a B.S in Applied Mathematics with a Specialization in Computing from the University of California, Los Angeles and a M.A./Ph.D. in Computational and Applied Mathematics from Rice University. He completed a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Institute of Standards & Technology. He joined the Ship Math Department in the Fall 2008. He has been the recipient of grants from the National Security Agency, National Science Foundation and Mathematical Association of America. In addition, he has been a faculty advisor in the Research Experience for Undergraduates Summer Program hosted by the Mathematical & Theoretical Biology Institute at Arizona State University from 2011-2013 and loves to engage on undergraduate research projects with Ship students. He is an active member of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), a Life Member of the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science and a member of the Shippensburg University Chapter of Kappa Mu Epsilon Math Honor Society. Since January 2015, Dr. Melara is the Editor-in-Chief of the SIAM Undergraduate Research Online. In the Spring 2016, Dr. Melara will be a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar at the Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar.
Title: Professor (Department Chair)
Office: MCT 250B
Ph.D. University of South Carolina, Columbia
Kim earned her B.S. in Mathematics from Pepperdine University in Southern California before moving east to complete her graduate work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (M.S.) and the University of South Carolina (Ph.D.). While her Ph.D. was in the area of commutative algebra, Kim's current research is in the field of Ergodic Theory building upon the work in her Master's thesis. Kim has been a member of the Mathematics Department at Shippensburg University since 2000 and has served as the Developmental Mathematics Coordinator since 2003. She has devoted much of her time and research in the area of improving advising and pedagogy as it relates to helping under prepared students transition to the college level.
Office: MCT 283
Ph.D. Temple University
Marc received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Temple University and joined the Ship math department in 2002. He received B.S. and M.A. degrees from Wake Forest University in 1994 and 1996. His mathematical interests include number theory and combinatorics. He also enjoys computer programming projects, and is a fan of Sage and GeoGebra.
Title: Associate Professor
Office: MCT 281
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin - Madison
Paul grew up in western Canada and received his B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Saskatchewan. After doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and postdoctoral work at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, Paul joined Shippensburg University in 2006. His current professional interests lie in mathematical modeling and developing the actuarial sciences program at Shippensburg.
Title: Math Department Secretary
Office: MCT 250