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Math Teaching

Interdisciplinary Program

The mathematics teaching major prepares students to teach mathematics at the secondary level. Students complete mathematics courses such as Calculus I, II, & III; Linear Algebra; Discrete Mathematical Structures; College Geometry; Abstract Algebra; Real Analysis; Problem Seminar; either Introductory Statistics with Applications or Mathematical Statistics; and either Differential Equations or Mathematical Models. Students must also meet the requirements of the School of Education to meet professional teaching requirements.

Program Overview

Mathematics Teaching

In preparing for careers as mathematics educators, students participate in classroom observations, as well as complete a semester of student teaching. Students may also volunteer for organizations like College Mentors for Kids in a variety of capacities that both serve the community and broaden their experience in working with young people.

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Program Options

This program is interdisciplinary.

The major requires coursework from the Department of Mathematics in our School of Science and Engineering, alongside education coursework in partnership with the School of Education.

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Classes

  • Teaching as a Profession
  • Calculus I
  • Methods in Teaching Mathematics
  • Technology in the Classroom
  • Discrete Mathematical Structures

View the courses required for the mathematics teaching major.

TEACH Grants

TEACH Grants

Anderson University participates in the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program. A TEACH grant is a non-need-based grant provided to students who intend to teach, in order to help pay for their postsecondary education.

As a condition for receiving a TEACH grant, a student must agree to teach full time for at least four years as a highly qualified teacher in a high-need field, in a school or educational service agency (ESA) serving low-income students, within eight years of completing or otherwise ceasing to be enrolled in the program of study for which the student received the grant.

If the student does not meet the terms of the TEACH grant service obligation, all TEACH grant funds received will be converted to a direct unsubsidized loan that must be repaid in full, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH grant disbursement.

At Anderson University, TEACH grants are offered to all undergraduates who meet the 3.25 GPA requirement and have been admitted into the School of Education’s Teacher Preparation Program (TPP). The dean of the School of Education approves the TEACH grant for each year that a student applies. Click here for a TEACH Grant Application [PDF].

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Rebekah Baker, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana

Dr. Rebekah Baker

Associate Professor of Education

Rebekah Baker, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana
Dr. Rebekah Baker

Dr. Rebekah Baker is an Associate Professor in the Anderson University Department of Teacher Education. Currently, she teaches the elementary methods courses in mathematics and science and the multicultural education course for all elementary and secondary teacher candidates. Previously, Rebekah taught the introductory education, character education, and organization and management of the elementary classroom courses. She has led two Tri-S trips to Kodiak, Alaska.

Rebekah earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Anderson University in 1987, and her Master of Science in School Administration and Supervision in 1997 from Butler University (Experiential Program for Preparing School Principals — E.P.P.S.P Group XV). Rebekah has completed her doctorate in elementary education (Ph.D.) at Ball State. Her areas of research interest include culturally relevant pedagogy, intercultural competence, and issues of equity for culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

Rebekah has 18 years of public education experience. After graduating from AU, she began teaching with Fort Wayne Community Schools (Fort Wayne, IN). She served as a classroom teacher and principal with Anderson Community Schools before joining the faculty of Anderson University. As principal, Rebekah had the opportunity to work in a wide range of schools and open two new elementary facilities. She also worked for the Indiana Principal Leadership Academy as a team facilitator.

Rebekah enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is an avid storyteller, specializing in African folktales. Rebekah has traveled internationally and within the United States. She finds time to participate in various community activities and civic organizations. Rebekah served on the Anderson University Alumni Council during the years of 1996-2001.

Rebekah Baker has been at Anderson University since 2006.

Contact Rebekah:
Phone: (765) 641-4405
ribaker@anderson.edu

Associate Professor of Education
B.A., Anderson University
M.S., Butler University
Ph.D., Ball State University

Anna Epperly, an employee of Anderson University in Indiana

Anna Epperly

Assistant Professor of Education

Anna Epperly, an employee of Anderson University in Indiana
Anna Epperly

Dr. Anna Epperly is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Teacher Education at Anderson University and has been a faculty member since 2015. She completed degrees and obtained licensure in K-12 special education, building administration, and district special education administration, working in an urban district with at-risk students for 13 years before entering the field of higher education at Ball State University. Dr. Epperly’s fields of specialty include behavior and classroom management; curriculum development and implementation; public policy; program and unit accreditation; teacher self-efficacy; and high-yield instructional strategies. Dr. Epperly currently belongs to the Teacher Education and Council for Administrators for Special Education divisions of the Council for Exceptional Children, the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, the Indiana Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Outside of the classroom, Dr. Epperly is actively involved with the Madison County Historical Society as the Accessions Manager. She lives in Anderson with her husband, Scott, and their three children, Elizabeth, Nathan, and Alex.

Contact Anna:
Phone: (765) 641-4409
acepperly@anderson.edu

Assistant Professor of Education
B.S. Ball State University
M.A.E. Ball State University
Ed.D. Ball State University
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Justin Lambright, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana

Dr. Justin Lambright

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Justin Lambright, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana
Dr. Justin Lambright

Dr. Lambright teaches almost the entire range of courses offered by the Department of Mathematics, such as Explorations in Mathematics and the Calculus sequence, as well as Mathematical Models and Geometry.

His research interests are related to the fields of combinatorics and algebra, involving special families of polynomials and integer sequences related to them. He is hoping to branch out in the future into areas connected to the intersection of mathematics and political science and the use of computational modeling to predict various outcomes in that field.

Dr. Lambright, along with Drs. Taylor and Van Groningen, has led Anderson University's Research Experiences in Mathematics, a group of students who work on original research alongside faculty members. This work has been supported by grants from both CURM and INSGC, providing the students with opportunities to present their results at other area colleges, as well as at conferences across the country.

Outside of the classroom, Dr. Lambright serves the AU community as the academic advisor for both the eSports & Gaming club and Together in Media. Off campus he is active at Maple Grove Church of God in Anderson, IN, where he serves on the Church Council and as part of a cook team for the Wednesday night inter-generational ministry LOGOS. But most of all he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, playing games and reading.

Dr. Justin Lambright has served at Anderson University since 2011.

Contact Dr. Lambright:
jjlambright@anderson.edu
Decker Hall 333
(765) 641-4413

Associate Professor of Mathematics
B.S. Applied Mathematics and Physics, Geneva College
M.S. Mathematics, Western Illinois University
Ph.D. Mathematics, Lehigh University

Katy Sample, an employee of Anderson University in Indiana

Katy Sample

Director

Katy Sample, an employee of Anderson University in Indiana
Katy Sample

Dr. Katy Sample is an Associate Professor of education at Anderson University. As the director of the reading education program, she teaches courses in reading development, assessment, instruction, and intervention.

She earned both her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in reading education from the University of Virginia. She holds a K-12 reading specialist license, as well as a K-12 license in learning disabilities.

Dr. Sample began her career at the secondary level teaching in an alternative school for students with disabilities. After earning her master's degree in reading, she became a reading specialist. She taught reading at the elementary and middle school levels for five years while completing her doctorate.

Dr. Sample currently teaches courses in reading development, assessment, instruction, and intervention at Anderson University.  Each year, approximately 50-60 area children receive tutoring and intervention services as part of her courses.   In 2009-2010, she served on the state advisory board that assisted with the development of the Indiana Reading Framework and also helped to develop the Indiana Content Standards for Reading Educators.  When her schedule permits, Dr. Sample also works with area schools as a staff developer.

Her research and professional interests include early literacy, reading disabilities, response to instruction/intervention, developmental spelling/phonics instruction, and staff development.

Dr. Sample lives in Pendleton with her husband, Craig, and their three children.

Katy Sample has been at Anderson University since 2005.

Contact Katy:
Phone: (765) 641-4408
kjsample@anderson.edu

Associate Professor of Education
B.A., Mary Washington College
M.Ed., Ph.D., University of Virginia

Hyeon Joon Shin, an employee of Anderson University in Indiana

Dr. Hyeon Joon Shin

Associate Professor of Economics

Hyeon Joon Shin, an employee of Anderson University in Indiana
Dr. Hyeon Joon Shin

Dr. Shin teaches in the subjects of economics. He obtained his master’s degree in economics from Syracuse University and completed his Ph.D. degree in economics at Southern Illinois University. Prior to joining the FSB, he devoted himself as a senior researcher carrying out international economics research and providing consulting services to governments and private firms on international business strategies at the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy. His research interests lie in global development issues, such as foreign aid, poverty reduction and the economics of nonprofit organizations.

Hyeon Joon Shin has served at Anderson University since 2014.

Contact:
hshin@anderson.edu
Assistant Professor of Economics
B.A., Korea University
M.I.S., Seoul National University
M.A., Syracuse University
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University

Michael Tatom, an employee of Anderson University in Indiana

Michael Tatom

Director of Field Experiences and Assistant Professor of Education

Michael Tatom, an employee of Anderson University in Indiana
Michael Tatom

Michael Tatom serves as Assistant Professor and Director of Field Experiences in the Anderson University Department of Teacher Education. He teaches courses in educational assessment, middle school curriculum, and secondary school curriculum. He also works with teacher candidates through the seminar for student teachers.

Michael earned a B.S. from Purdue University and an M.S. from Indiana University. He holds a Lifetime Teaching License from the State of Indiana in mathematics and science. After completing the Master's degree, he earned an administrative license through coursework at Indiana University.

Michael has a total of thirty-two years of teaching experience in public schools. He completed his student teaching at Doe Creek Middle School in New Palestine, Indiana. His first teaching position was with Morristown Junior/Senior High School in Morristown, Indiana. After one year at Morristown Junior/Senior High School, he returned to Doe Creek Middle School where he taught for the next thirty-one years. Besides his teaching experience, he has served as math department chairman and assistant principal. He retired from public education in May 2016. Michael began his university career as an adjunct instructor at Anderson University in the fall of 2017. He began working in his current position in August 2018.

His professional interests lie in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. He is a Lay Servant in his local church and is active in the men’s prayer group. He enjoys woodworking and fishing in his spare time. He lives in Greenfield with his wife Karen, and they have two adult children.

Contact Michael:
Phone: (765) 6413686
mwtatom@anderson.edu

B.S., Purdue University
M.S., Indiana University

Courtney Taylor, an employee of Anderson University in Indiana

Dr. Courtney Taylor

Chair, Department of Mathematics; Professor of Mathematics

Courtney Taylor, an employee of Anderson University in Indiana
Dr. Courtney Taylor

Dr. Taylor was an undergraduate student at Anderson University and returning to join the faculty in the fall of 2011 was very much like coming home. He has taught nearly every course in the undergraduate mathematics curriculum, and especially enjoys teaching Abstract Algebra and Problem Seminar. He serves as chair of the department.

His research interests fall in the areas of algebraic topology and algebra, particularly the unstable modules over the Steenrod algebra, and he is also interested in how mathematics can inform our understanding of the humanities. He has written an open access e-book on abstract algebra, which may be freely downloaded from bookboon.com.

Dr. Taylor, along with Dr. Lambright and Dr. Van Groningen, has led Anderson University's Research Experiences in Mathematics, in which a group of students actively work on original research. These students have had opportunities to present their results at other area colleges, as well as at conferences across the country.  He is also an advisor for Mathematics honor society Kappa Mu Epsilon and for the men’s service and social club Dativus. He is active at East Side Church of God, where he and his wife teach the college-age fellowship class.

Dr. Taylor enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife and their four children, traveling on epic road trips, and eating barbecue.

Dr. Taylor has served at Anderson University since 2011.

Contact Dr. Taylor:
cktaylor@anderson.edu
Decker Hall 334
(765) 641-4410

Professor of Mathematics
Chair, Department of Mathematics
B.A., Anderson University
M.S., Ph. D., Purdue University

Jeffrey Trotter, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana

Jeffrey Trotter

Associate Professor of Education

Jeffrey Trotter, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana
Jeffrey Trotter

Dr. Jeffrey Scott Trotter is an Associate Professor of the Department of Teacher Education (DTE) and has taught at Anderson University since 2003.  Initially he served as an adjunct instructor but was invited to join the SOE faculty full time in 2009.  He earned degrees from Olivet Nazarene University, Wheaton College, and Ball State University.  Dr. Trotter’s fields of specialty include clinical and school psychology; psychological assessment of children, youth, and adults;  the identification and treatment of emotional and behavioral disorders of school aged children; development of multi-tiered instructional models; learning disabilities; finger agnosia; and suicide prevention.  He has presented at conferences and is published in School Psychology as well as neuropsychological publications. Current areas of research include the compliance of public schools with federal and state education law, the practices of special education teachers and school psychologists when identifying and treating children with emotional disabilities, and the ethical beliefs and practices of classroom teachers.

Dr. Trotter currently belongs to the National Association of School Psychologists, the American Psychological Association, the Council for Exceptional Children, and the Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education.  On campus, he serves on multiple councils and committees and is a faculty advisor for the Student Council for Exceptional Children and Adelphi.

Dr. Trotter is married to Christine Sunberg-Trotter and they have three adult children.  He enjoys traveling, jazz, backpacking, and coffee.

Dr. Jeff Trotter has been at Anderson University since 2009.

Contact Jeff:
Phone: (765) 641-4401
jstrotter@anderson.edu

Associate Professor of Education

B.A., Olivet Nazarene University
M.A., Wheaton College
M.A., Ball State University
Ph.D., Ball State University

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