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Mathematics & Computer Science

Math class

We offer courses in computer science, mathematics, and mathematics education.  Our students major in mathematics or computer science, and our mathematics education program is nationally recognized by NCATE.

Our faculty scholars are engaged in excellent teaching, mentoring, and advising within a student-oriented department.


Featured News

Department faculty member's article published in PRIMUS

Dr. David Shoenthal, Associate Professor of Mathematics and department chair, was published in PRIMUS: Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies.  His article, "Fourier Series as a Unifying Topic in Calculus II," appears in Volume 24, Issue 4 (2014).

Department faculty member's article appears in conference proceedings

Dr. Don Blaheta, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, was published in the Proceedings of the 45th ACM technical symposium on Computer Science Education, March 2014.  He presented his paper "Reinventing homework as cooperative, formative assessment" at the SIGCSE conference in Atlanta, GA.

Department faculty member sees article published in School Science and Mathematics

Dr. Maria Timmerman, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education, published her article "Making Connections: Elementary Teachers’ Construction of Division Word Problems and Representations" in School Science and Mathematics.

Department faculty member receives grant, researches SOL scores

Dr. Virginia Lewis, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education, recently received notification that she has been awarded a state MSP grant entitled PREP: Proportional Reasoning Enrichment Project.  During the summer of 2014, teachers will participate in two weeks of professional development workshops focused on developing their own understanding of rational number concepts and proportional reasoning. For one day in fall 2014, teachers will focus on using a wide variety of formative mathematics assessments. In spring 2015, teachers will participate in two full-day sessions focused on analyzing student work collected when using formative assessments. Teachers will share tasks, identify student misconceptions, and design and/or select additional formative assessment tasks that can be used to revisit concepts and processes.

Dr. Lewis was also featured for her research into helping teachers understand SOL Math scores.  More detail is available in an official press release.

Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics Award winner

Congratulations to Dr. Maria Timmerman, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education, who will be awarded the 2014 VCTM William C. Lowry Outstanding Mathematics Educator of the Year Award for the University Level.  Dr. Timmerman was recognized as being a highly qualified educator and for her outstanding work in the field of mathematics education.  Read more here.


Colloquium Series

All colloquia are from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. in Ruffner 356.  Be sure to join us for a social before the colloquium starting at 3:30 in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department lounge (Ruffner 300A).

17 April: Mimi ni mwalimu: On being a math teacher in Kenya

Dr. Rebecca Nelson
Adjunct in Mathematics Education
Emporia Campus


Problem of the Month

April Problem (pdf)

Problem Status: DUE APR 23.

Previous problems


Featured Events

Colloquium March 18, 2014

Dr. John David of Virginia Military Institute discussed Machine Learning in Sports at the department colloquium on Tuesday, March 18.


Colloquium February 27, 2014

Dr. J. Todd Lee of Elon University discussed Forever Fractions and Forty-Eight at the department colloquium on Thursday, February 27.


Fractal Art Display


The department is displaying several pieces of artwork by Longwood alumna Judith Moffitt (1977). These digital pigment prints are part of the Virginia Artists Collection of the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts and were a gift of the artist in memory of Benoit Mandelbrot. The photos on this site are by Taylor Dabney.