# Mathematics Faculty

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### Jeffrey Heath

##### Biography

Jeffrey Heath joined Centre’s faculty in 2007, and became associate professor of mathematics in 2013. He was named a Centre Scholar in 2011. His research interests include sports analytics and applied statistics in pharmacology.

Heath graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown College with a B.S. in mathematics. He earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in applied mathematics and scientific computation from the University of Maryland, where he served as a teaching fellow in the mathematics department.

File last updated: 8/7/13

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### Joel Kilty

##### Biography

Joel Kilty is associate professor of mathematics. He joined Centre’s faculty in 2009.

His research interests include boundary value problems on non-smooth domains, harmonic analysis, Navier-Stokes equations, and numerical partial differential equations.

Kilty received a B.A. in mathematics from Asbury College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Kentucky.

File last updated: 8/27/15

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### Alex Martin McAllister

##### Biography

Alex McAllister joined the Centre College faculty in 1999, and is H. W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Mathematics. In 2009, he received the Kirk Teaching Award, and has been honored as a Centre Scholar both in 2005 and in 2010. He has prior teaching experience as a visiting assistant professor at Dartmouth College and a graduate instructor at the University of Notre Dame. McAllister was also a research assistant at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

McAllister’s scholarly interests include mathematical logic and foundations, and computability theory. His articles have been published in the Archive for *Mathematical Logic*, the *Journal of Symbolic Logic*, and the *Mathematical Logic Quarterly*. In 2009, Oxford University Press published *A Transition to Advanced Mathematics: A Survey Course*, which McAllister co-authored with William Johnston of Randolph-Macon College.

McAllister holds a B.S. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Pi Mu Epsilon.

File last updated: 8/29/13

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**EXPERT: Mathematical logic — Foundations and computability theory **

Research interests in mathematical logic and foundations and computability theory. Articles published in *Archive for Mathematical Logic* and the *Journal of Symbolic Logic*.

### Sarah Murray

##### Biography

Sarah Murray is an associate professor of education at Centre.

Prior to joining Centre’s faculty in 2006, Murray was support assistant to the Committee for Mathematics Achievement, a state level committee. She has taught at the secondary and college levels for several years. She has worked with teachers and students as a K-12 mathematics resource coordinator, and with the Appalachian Math and Science Partnership.

She received her B.A. in mathematics from Western Kentucky University, an M.A. in mathematics education from Eastern Kentucky University, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Kentucky.

To read about Murray’s published work, click here.

File last updated: 8/6/13

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### Christine Shannon

##### Biography

Christine Shannon retired in 2016 as emerita professor of mathematics and computer science at Centre College, where she had been honored with her designation as the Haggin Professor of Science since 1997.

A member of the Centre faculty since 1989, Shannon had 17 years of prior college teaching experience and became the first person ever hired at Centre at the rank of full professor. She has served as chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics.

Shannon received a rigorous and classical training in mathematics in her undergraduate and doctoral work, then chose to return for advanced study in computer science. She is interested in applying core mathematics concepts to problem solving using computer science. She has teaching and research interests in applied mathematics, design of algorithms, and programming languages. She regularly collaborates with students in research, including a recent project in programming Lego robots.

Shannon has published articles in academic journals including the *Pacific Journal of Mathematics*, the *Houston Journal of Mathematics*, and *The Journal of Computers and Graphics*.

She is a member of the Mathematical Association of America, who honored her with a 1998 Distinguished Service Award. She is also a member of the American Mathematical Society and the Association for Computing Machinery.

Shannon is a *summa cum laude* graduate of Marygrove College (B.S.) and holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics from Purdue University, as well as an M.S. in computer science from the University of Kentucky.

File last updated: 6/1/16

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**EXPERT: Systems analysis — Programming language — Women and computing — Applied mathematics — Design of algorithms**

A classically trained mathematician who returned to graduate school for advanced study in computer science. Teaching and research interests in systems analysis and operations research, as well as functional analysis, applied mathematics, and the design of algorithms. Regularly collaborates with students in research, including recent project investigating data trees. Articles in academic journals including the *Pacific Journal of Mathematics* and the *Houston Journal of Mathematics*.

### Charles Suer

##### Biography

Charles Suer joined Centre’s faculty in 2015 as visiting assistant professor of mathematics. His research interests include graph theory and combinatorics.

He earned a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Dayton, and an M.A. in mathematics and a Ph.D. in applied and industrial mathematics from the University of Louisville.

*File last updated 9/2/15*

### Ellen Swanson

##### Biography

Ellen Swanson is an assistant professor of mathematics. She joined Centre’s faculty in 2012.

Her research interests include using partial differential equation and modeling to better understand fluid flow. Her work is used to help develop better medical treatments for lungs, for example treatment of cystic fibrosis. She enjoys incorporating undergraduates in the work and strives to offer them opportunities to see connections between math, numerical techniques, and experiments.

Swanson has a B.S. in mathematics from Wittenberg University. She earned an M.S. in applied mathematics and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from North Carolina State University. She completed a postdoc at Carnegie Mellon University.

File last updated: 10/16/13

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### Lesley Wiglesworth

##### Biography

Lesley Wiglesworth joined Centre’s faculty in 2008. She is associate professor of mathematics and was named a Centre Scholar in 2012.

Her research interests are in discrete mathematics and more specifically combinatorics and graph theory. She enjoys studying visibility graphs, a type of graph with applications to circuit layout design. Most recently, Wiglesworth worked on a problem involving the game-acquisition number of graphs with a student at Centre.

She graduated magna cum laude from Transylvania University with a B.A. in mathematics. She earned her M.A. in mathematics and Ph.D. in applied and industrial mathematics from the University of Louisville.

File last updated: 5/2/13

### John Wilson

##### Biography

John Wilson is professor of mathematics at Centre College, where he has taught since 1985. He has held a Stodghill Professorship in Science since its inception in 2004. He currently serves as chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics.

Wilson’s research interests is focused toward using mathematics to develop more efficient and reliable methods of transmitting and storing information. He has encouraged Centre students to collaborate in this research.

Wilson holds a B.S. in mathematics from the University of the South, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He completed M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of North Carolina.

To view a video about Dr. Wilson’s course that connects mathematics with blown glass ornaments, click here.

File last updated: 8/8/13