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About the presenters
Project Director: Doug Ensley.
Department of Mathematics, Shippensburg University
Doug
Ensley is Professor of Mathematics at Shippensburg University where
he has been on the faculty since receiving his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon
in 1993. While at Shippensburg, Ensley has taught over thirty
different courses in mathematics and computer science. In addition,
he has over fifteen years of experience running professional development
workshops and minicourses, particularly those that apply to discrete
mathematical topics and the use of technology in teaching mathematics.
These workshops have been presented at a wide range of venues including
MAA Mathfests, Joint Math Meetings, the International Conference on
Technology in College Mathematics, regional meetings of the National
Council of Teachers of Mathematics, annual meetings of the Pennsylvania
Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and various local school districts.
Recently Ensley was PI on an NSF grant (DUE 0230755) to develop technologybased
learning material for the studentcentered teaching of mathematical
proof. Ensley is also coauthor (with Winston Crawley of Shippensburg
University) of the textbook Discrete Mathematics: Mathematical
Reasoning and Proof with Puzzles, Patterns and Games, published
by John Wiley & Sons.
Local Organizer: James Hamblin.
Department of Mathematics, Shippensburg University
James Hamblin has been an Assistant Professor of Mathematics
at Shippensburg University since 2002. Just prior to his appointment
at SU, Hamblin was a Teaching Fellow in the “K Through Infinity”
Program at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he earned
his Ph.D. While at Shippensburg, he has taught the discrete mathematics
course (required of all math and computer science majors) and the geometry
course (for future secondary level teachers) on numerous occasions.
Hamblin is active in the MAA Project NExT program and the Young Mathematician’s
Network, through which he has often used his organizational skills to
contribute to programs at the national mathematics meetings.
Computer Science Presenter: David Hastings.
Department of Computer Science, Shippensburg University
Davis Hastings has been developing and teaching mathematical
theorybased courses in the computer science curriculum for over 20
years. At Dickinson College he developed a second year course in theoretical
computer science that was facilitated by a seamless transition from
the introductory discrete course. These courses were further refined
to mathematically influence both the organization – logical design
sequence as well as operating systems. At Shippensburg University
Hastings continues to teach the theoretical computer science course
at the graduate level. In addition, he has developed a course
in parallel algorithms that uses both the mathematical theory of algorithms
and handson experimentation as a basis for efficiency and performance.
Early work in this area led to a series of experimental modules for
graph algorithms with Chris Nevison, et al, published by Jones and Bartlett.
During the past year, Hastings has participated online in the SIGCSE
Committee on Discrete Math that has been working to develop a course
that covers all the core topics described in Computing Curriculum 2001.
Mathematics Education Presenter: Katherine
McGivney. Department of Mathematics, Shippensburg Universit
After completing her Ph.D. from Lehigh University, Kate
McGivney entered a threeyear teaching postdoc program at the University
of Arizona, where she taught a graduate discrete math course for secondary
teachers. She has also coorganized a twoweek summer institute
for high school math teachers where the content included topics in discrete
math, and for two years, she was a consultant for the Tucson Unified
School District and presented several inservice discrete math workshops
for middle and secondary math teachers.
