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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, and 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 completing 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.


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.



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

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Rebekah Baker

Associate Professor of Education

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

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

Anna Epperly

Anna Epperly

Assistant Professor of Education

Anna Epperly
Anna Epperly

Anna Epperly is an Assistant Professor of Education at Anderson University. As the director of the special education program, she teaches courses in Child and Adolescent Development, Introduction to Mild Disabilities, Classroom Instruction for Mild Disabilities, Legal Issues in Special Education, and Organization and Management for the Elementary Classroom.

She earned her B.S., M.Ed., and Ed. D. from Ball State University. She holds K-12 licenses in the areas of mild disabilities and emotional and behavioral disorders. Administratively, she holds director of special education and K-12 building administrator licenses. She is currently working on her dissertation in order to complete her doctoral program in special education at Ball State University.

Anna began her career at an elementary school as a resource teacher for students with mild disabilities.  She then spent four years teaching students with emotional and behavioral disorders in a separate classroom setting at the middle school level. She developed a passion for working with these students, spending an additional five years teaching middle and secondary level students and administering programs at a residential treatment center serving K-12 students. An opportunity arose next for Anna to continue her administrative career for four years as a program supervisor for an urban school corporation. In 2012, she decided to pursue a career in higher education, enrolling in the Ball State doctoral program and teaching courses as part of her doctoral assistantship and as an adjunct instructor. Anna also taught courses in assistive technology and teaching students with emotional and behavioral disorders as an adjunct instructor for Indiana University Kokomo in 2015.

Anna’s research and professional interests include preservice and early career teacher programming and supports, education public policy and reform, working with students with challenging behaviors, curriculum development, K-12 school administration, and transition for students with disabilities into the postsecondary world. She enjoys actively participating in the music and children’s ministries of her church, traveling, reading, and spending time with her family. She lives in Frankton with her husband, Scott, and their three children.

Anna Epperly has been at Anderson University since 2015.

Contact Anna:
Phone: (765) 641-4409

Assistant Professor of Education
B.S. Ball State University
M.A.E. Ball State University
Ed.D. Ball State University
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Dr. Justin Lambright

Associate Professor of Mathematics

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:
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

Katy Sample


Katy Sample
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

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


Dr. Hyeon Joon Shin

Assistant Professor of Economics

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.

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

Michael Tatom

Director of Field Experiences and Assistant Professor of Education

Michael Tatom
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

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

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Dr. Courtney Taylor

Chair, Department of Mathematics; Professor of Mathematics

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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:
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

Associate Professor of Education

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

Associate Professor of Education

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