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Debendra Banjade, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Smith Science 218C  |  843-349-6569  |  dpbanjade@coastal.edu


Debendra Banjade has been a Coastal faculty member since August 2014. His research areas include operator theory, complex analysis, functional analysis and harmonic analysis. In addition, she is interested working on mathematical modeling and numerical analysis. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics with a minor in statistics and economics from in 2003, and a master's degree in mathematics with distinction in 2007, both from Tribhuvan University; a master's degree in mathematics in 2010 and a Ph.D. in mathematical analysis in 2014, both from the University of Alabama. His dissertation was awarded as “outstanding research by graduate student 2013-2014” by the Department of Mathematics in The University of Alabama. Before joining Coastal Carolina University, he had seven years of teaching experience: as a lecturer at Xavier International College in Nepal from 2007 to 2009 and as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Alabama from 2009 to 2014.

Lindsey Bell, Ph.D., Assistant Chair, Associate Professor of Statistics
Smith Science 218J  |  843-349-2280  |  lbell2@coastal.edu


Lindsey Bell has been a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics since 2011. Her research includes biological and environmental statistics along with analysis of local vehicular accident data. However, her first passion is statistics education. She and her colleagues have developed and published course materials that reflect this desire for quality education in statistics. Bell earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a secondary teaching license from Harding University in 2005 and a master's degree in mathematics from Arkansas State University in 2007. She graduated from Florida State University in 2011 with a Ph.D. in biostatistics.

Robert BellLecturer of Mathematics and Statistics
Smith Science 207G  |  843-349-4111  |  rbell@coastal.edu


Robert Bell has been a Coastal faculty member since January 2011. He primarily teaches college algebra, trigonometry and business calculus. He previously taught business statistics at Iowa State University and corporate finance at the University of Washington in Seattle. He worked in the oil industry after graduation developing specialized computer software in FORTRAN for seismic data processing and directional drilling. Most recently, he held various leadership positions in the optical disc industry for companies in Colorado, New York, Virginia and Washington. His interests outside of mathematics include common stocks, the national economy, the Seattle Mariners, the Seattle Seahawks and NASCAR. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and business from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, in 1981, and a Master of Science in applied mathematics from the University of Tulsa in 1984.

Mark Bly, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Smith Science 218F  |  843-349-6521  |  mbly@coastal.edu


Mark Bly has been a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics since 2018. His mathematical research interests are primarily in the areas of algebraic geometry, commutative algebra, and combinatorics. He also has a strong interest in teaching that stems from a seven-year stint as a secondary school instructor in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Bly earned a bachelor's degree and master's degree in mathematics from Purdue University-Fort Wayne in 2007 and 2012, respectively. In 2018, he completed a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville under the advisement of S.B. Mulay on the topic of classifications of real cubic curves. During his time at UTK, Bly received multiple accolades both for his academic progress and his teaching performance.

Yuriy BulkaVisiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Smith Science 218F  |  843-349-4079  |  ybulka@coastal.edu


Dr. Bulka completed his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at National Aerospace University (U.S.S.R.), master’s degree in economics at University of Missouri-Columbia and master’s degree in mathematics at the University of Alabama. He earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Alabama in 2006. He has been teaching entry and upper level Mathematics for 12 years, most recently at Virginia Tech. Since earning his doctorate, he has been active in research, publishing in journals, presenting at conferences and working with graduate students. His current research is in the field of numerical analysis, specifically multiple volterra integral equations.

Kathryn Caulfield, Administrative Assistant
Smith Science 218Q  |  843-349-2004  |  kcaulfie@coastal.edu


Kathryn Caulfield came to Coastal Carolina University in 1999 from the University of South Carolina Baruch Marine Laboratory in Georgetown, S.C., where she worked for over 11 years. She has been an administrative assistant with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics since December of 2008. She has lived in the area all her life and has two children and a rescue Jack Russell.

Craig CookLecturer of Mathematics and Statistics
Smith Science 218G  |  843-349-6556  |  cpcook@coastal.edu


Craig Cook has been teaching at Coastal Carolina since 2012. He is a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He earned a Bachelor of Science in applied mathematics from Coastal Carolina College and a Master of Arts in Teaching (Mathematics) from Coastal Carolina University. In addition, he has done work at Clemson University and The University of Houston. He typically teaches 100 and 200 level courses, including college algebra, trigonometry, and elementary statistics. Cook has lived in the Myrtle Beach area for most of his life. He is married with three children. He enjoys travelling, golf, fishing, and other outdoor activities.
 

Rajendra Dahal, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mathematics
Smith Science 207D  |  843-349-2391  |  rdahal@coastal.edu  |  website »


Rajendra Dahal has been a Coastal Carolina University faculty since 2009; he is currently an associate professor. His current research interest includes differential, difference and dynamic equations; and discrete fractional differential equations. He has taught various classes that include college algebra, calculus, mathematical modeling and applied mathematics. He has produced 1000+ YouTube video solutions for practice questions for six different courses (college algebra, trigonometry, business calculus, calculus I, II, and differential equations). He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, physics and chemistry, and a master’s degree in mathematics from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal; a master’s degree in mathematics from Kansas State University; and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2009. He was awarded the Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student for 2008-2009 by the mathematics department of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
 

David Duncan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mathematics
Smith Science 207E  |  843-349-4164  |  dduncan@coastal.edu


David Duncan has been a Coastal faculty member since 2006. His interests include ergodic theory, topology, differential geometry, graph theory and differential equations. He earned a B.S. in mathematics from the College of Charleston in 1994 and a Ph.D. in pure mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001.

Ogül Arslan Duncan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mathematics
Smith Science 207F  |  843-349-2167  |  oarslan@coastal.edu


Ogül Arslan has been a Coastal faculty member since 2009. Her interests include abstract algebra, representation theory, finite geometries and coding theory. She earned a Master of Arts in mathematics from the Wayne State University in Detroit in 2004 and a Ph.D. in pure mathematics from the University of Florida in 2009.

Timothy EllenburgTeaching Associate of Mathematics
Smith Science 218D  |  843-349-6696  |  trellenb@coastal.edu


Timothy Ellenburg joined the Coastal faculty in 2014 with 29 years of experience teaching mathematics in high school. He taught 22 years in the Horry County School District: 17 years at North Myrtle Beach High School and five years at the Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology. He also taught for seven years for the Greenville County School District. Ellenburg earned an A.S. degree from Walter’s State Community College in 1982, a B.S. from Tusculum College in secondary education/mathematics in 1984, and a M.Ed. from Coastal Carolina University in 1999.

Menassie Ephrem, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mathematics
Smith Science 218H  |  843-349-2436  |  menassie@coastal.edu


Menassie Ephrem has been a member of the Coastal Carolina community since 2003. He earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Asmara University in 1986 and a Master of Science in mathematics from Addis Ababa University in 1990. He earned a Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 2003 before joining Coastal Carolina University as an assistant professor. Ephrem studies functional analysis; his specialties include Graph C*-algebras and wavelets.

Lindsey FoxLecturer of Mathematics
Smith Science 218M  |  843-349-4173  |  lfox@coastal.edu


Lindsey Fox joined Coastal Carolina University in Fall 2015. She teaches introductory courses in both algebra and calculus. Prior to CCU, she taught calculus II at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of Vermont in 2014, where she focused in pure mathematics, abstract algebra and proof writing and engaged in research funded by the National Science Foundation in combinatorics applied to abstract algebra. She obtained a Master of Science applied mathematics in 2015 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute., where she focused on applying mathematical principles and modeling to molecular biology and microbiology. Her master’s capstone project revamped and made improvements to the bridge calculus course that Rensselaer had offered only once before. This calculus course was designed to help students bridge the gap between high school calculus and college calculus. She designed this course out of an interest in improving student’s ability to adapt to the rigorous math in college that some high schools lack. She continues to be interested in what colleges can offer to help with the transition from high school mathematics to college mathematics, and she is passionate  about improving students’ learning experience in college math courses.

Jennifer GreenLecturer of Mathematics
Smith Science 218L  |  843-349-2349  |  jmaynard@coastal.edu


Jennifer Green has lectured at CCU since 2010.  Before coming to Coastal, she taught in community colleges in both Arizona and South Carolina.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics in 2004 from the University of North Carolina – Asheville. In 2007 she earned  Master of Science in applied mathematics with an emphasis in statistics and in 2017 her master's degree in accounting with an emphasis in fraud examination from CCU.  She also enjoys working with AP Statistics in a variety of roles. While she enjoys teaching statistics and business math, she also enjoys cooking, crafting, learning and spending time with family.

Jamie HedgesSenior Lecturer of Mathematics
Smith Science 207B  |  843-349-6660  |  jjhedges@coastal.edu


Jamie Hedges has served a lecturer at CCU since 2009. Her favorite classes to teach are Math 139, 201 and 202. Previously she taught at Conway High School in Conway, and Dorman High School in Spartanburg, S.C. She earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Furman University in 2006, and a Master of Education in secondary education with an emphasis in mathematics from Coastal Carolina in 2009. She is married to an English professor at HGTC. They share three school-aged children. In her spare time she enjoys reading, working on simple crafts and traveling with her family.

Paul Hill, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Statistics
Smith Science 218B  |  843-349-6678  | pchill@coastal.edu


Paul Hill has been a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at CCU since Fall 2019. Paul completed his bachelor’s degree in mathematics at the University of the West Indies. He earned his Ph.D. in Statistics from Florida State University in 2012. Paul has a profound passion for teaching and has taught a variety of Statistics-based classes at both secondary and tertiary institutions. As a graduate student, he was selected to facilitate the coaching of incoming graduate Teaching Assistants on their teaching practice. Paul’s research interests include Statistics Education and Pedagogical Practice.


Thomas Hoffman, Ph.D., Chair, Professor of Mathematics
Smith Science 218P  |  MWF 9-11   |  843-349-2249/2081  |  thoffman@coastal.edu


Tom Hoffman has served as chair of the department since 2017. Previously, he served as associate chair since 2014. He has been a Coastal faculty member since 2004. His areas of specialty are group theory, computational mathematics, and discrete mathematics. Lately, these areas of research are focused on applications to Rubik’s Cubes and how to use Rubik’s Cubes in the classroom. Starting in 2013, Hoffman has been coaching FLL Lego Robotics teams at Ocean Bay Middle School. These teams consistently win awards at regional tournaments and compete at the state level. Additionally, since 2014, he has been a Rubik’s Cube Ambassador to Horry County and organizes the Rubik’s Cube Challenge at the Horry County Tech Fair each Spring. Hoffman earned Bachelor of Science in mathematics and computer science from Western Oregon State College (now Western Oregon University) in 1996, a Master of Science in mathematics from Oregon State University in 1998, and a Ph.D. in mathematics (computational group theory) from the University of Arizona in 2004.

Andrew Incognito, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mathematics
Smith Science 207C  |  843-349-2513  |  aincogni@coastal.edu


Andrew Incognito has been working at Coastal since 2002. His has taught a variety of courses across the math curriculum including calculus, combinatorics and the history of mathematics. His research interests are in the field of analysis and he also leads undergraduate research in the areas of voting theory, fractals and the history of mathematics. In addition, he is involved in the annual CCU High School Math Contest and Math Jeopardy competitions. In his free time, he enjoys playing chess, including four-way chess, and sports.

Nyeita IrishSenior Lecturer of Mathematics
Smith Science 205A  |  843-349-2074  |  nirish@coastal.edu


Nyeita Irish has been a lecturer at Coastal Carolina University for since 2008. She has taught college algebra, business calculus, trigonometry and basic concepts of contemporary math. She earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and a Master of Science in pure mathematics from Purdue University. She has additional graduate coursework in mathematics from the University of Louisville and Western Kentucky University.

Keshav Jagannathan, Ph.D., Professor of Statistics
Smith Science 218A  |  843-349-6466  |  kjaganna@coastal.edu


Keshav Jagannathan has been at Coastal Carolina University since 2005. His area of research is in mathematical statistics; specifically in non-gaussian distributions. Jagannathan has also served as Faculty Senate chair from 2011 to 2013. He earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Loyola College in Chennai, India in 1997, a Master of Arts in statistics from Bowling Green State University in 1999 and a Ph.D. in mathematics with a specialization in statistics in 2005. Besides his interest in statistics, he is an amateur photographer, an avid golfer and enjoys listening to music and reading books. He maintains a single digit handicap and lives in Conway with three pets.

Joyce Keenan, Lecturer of Mathematics
Smith Science 218I  | 843-349-6696  |  jkeenan@coastal.edu


Joyce Keenan has been a lecturer at Coastal Carolina University since 2016. She enjoys teaching every topic from Math 130I to Math 202 and Stat 201. Keenan was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2002 at Southern Arkansas University. She earned a duel Bachelor of Science from University of Minnesota – Mankato in mathematics and philosophy and Master of Science in mathematics from Western Washington University. She enjoys puzzles and games of all types, listening to music especially outdoors, walking on the beach and mowing the grass among many other activities.

Mary Margaret KittleLecturer of Mathematics
Smith Science 218A  |  843-349-6508  |  mkittle@coastal.edu


Mary Margaret Kittle has been teaching since 2000 and has been a Coastal faculty member since 2015. Her teaching interests include college algebra, trigonometry and contemporary math. She earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from The University of Mississippi in 1997 and a Master of Arts in mathematics from The University of Alabama in 1999. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching college football, biking and going to the beach with her family.

Victoria Hoffman Knudsen, Lecturer of Mathematics
Smith Science 218L  |  843-349-6659  |  vehoffma@coastal.edu


Victoria Hoffman has served as a lecturer at CCU since 2012. Previously, she spent six years teaching high school mathematics and five years working as an adjunct for the department. She has a passion for mathematics education, but has many interests outside of math as well; she enjoys bowling, kickball, softball and spending time at the beach. She earned a Bachelor of Science in applied mathematics in 2005 and a Master of Arts in teaching with a concentration in mathematics in 2006, both from Coastal Carolina University.
 

Brandy LowryLecturer of Mathematics
Smith Science 205A  |  843-349-4085  |  bjones4@coastal.edu


 

 

Yan LyanskyVisiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Smith Science  207H  |  843-349-2006  |  ylyansky@coastal.edu


Yan Lyansky completed his bachelor’s degree in mathematics at Temple University. He also earned his Ph.D. from Temple University in 2002. He has taught many levels of Mathematics classes for 17 years, most recently at Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, N.C. Since earning his doctorate, he has been active in research as well as presentations at conferences and universities. His current research interests involve probability pheory, mathematical physics, finance, chaos theory, quantum computing and random walks.
 

Nicholas Pritchard, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Statistics
Smith Science 218E  |  843-349-2556  |  npritcha@coastal.edu


Nicholas Pritchard is an associate professor of statistics and has been a faculty member at CCU since 2008. His areas of research are categorical data analysis, group testing, and sports analytics in which he has several publications. His most recent article, “The Advantage of the Coin Toss for the New Overtime System in the National Football League,” was accepted for publication by the College Mathematics Journal and has an anticipated print date of 2016. In addition, he has collaborated with faculty from the College of Education which led to a publication in the Journal of Research in Education. He earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Freed Hardeman University in 2002, a master’s degree in statistics from Mississippi State University in 2004, and a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of South Carolina in 2008. In his spare time, Pritchard enjoys reading books about World War II, watching football, cooking and spending time with his wife and two children.
 

Dale QuinnSenior Lecturer of Mathematics
Smith Science 205C  |  843-349-2166  |  dquinn@coastal.edu


Dale Quinn has been a CCU faculty member since 2007. He earned a Bachelor of Science in engineering from Purdue University in 1983 and a Master of Arts in pure mathematics from the University of Kentucky in 2007. Prior to teaching math at CCU, he was an engineer for Ford Motor Company.

Kevin ReynoldsLecturer of Mathematics
Smith Science 218N  |  843-349-2500  |  kreynolds@coastal.edu


Kevin Reynolds has been teaching developmental and freshman mathematics courses for over 10 years and has been a mathematics instructor at Coastal Carolina University since 2012. He earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in applied mathematics from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville, with coursework in analysis, numerical theory, differential systems, statistics and programming.

Prashant Sansgiry, Ph.D., Associate Dean, GUPTA College of Science, Professor of Mathematics
Science Annex II 210L  |  843-349-2078  |  sansgirp@coastal.edu


Prashant Sansgiry has served as associate dean of College of Science since August 2012. He has been a Coastal faculty since August 1990; he is a professor in Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He also served as chair of Mathematics and Statistics department for nine years before becoming associate dean. For the last six years, he has served as AP Calculus Reader for College Board. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from University of Wyoming. During his free time you can find him playing tennis at the River Front Tennis Center in Conway.

Anil SaxenaTeaching Associate of Mathematics
Smith Science 205C  |  843-349-2004  |  aksaxena@coastal.edu


 

James Solazzo, Ph.D., Associate Provost-Assessment and Accreditation, Professor of Mathematics
Singleton 121  |  843-349-2717  |  jsolazzo@coastal.edu


James Solazzo served as chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics from 2012 to 2017, when he was named associate provost. He has been a Coastal faculty member since 2004. His areas of specialty are operator theory, frame theory and financial mathematics. He also involved at the national level in promoting undergraduate research in the mathematical sciences. During Fall 2014 he participated in re-writing the South Carolina State Standards in Mathematics for K-12. He is currently involved in assisting K-5 educators in Horry County work the with new standards. Solazzo earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from SUNY Stony Brook in 1992, a Master of Science in mathematics from the University of Houston in 1996, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Houston in 2000. From 2000-2004 he worked at the University of Georgia as a post-doctoral fellow in the Vertical Integration Graduate Research Experience (VIGRE) which is funded by the National Science Foundation.

Subhash Subedi, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Smith Science 207G  |  843-349-6437


Subedi completed his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics at Tribhuvan University (Nepal), master’s degree (M.A.) in mathematics at Tribhuvan University and master’s degree (M.S.) in mathematics at the University of Lafayette. He is finalizing his dissertation, entitled “Analysis of Blow-up and Quenching for Caputo Fractional Reaction-Diffusion Equation” at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He has taught many levels of mathematics classes for nine years, most recently at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He has been active in publishing as well as presenting at conferences and universities.

Douglas WeathersLecturer of Mathematics
Smith Science 218N  |  843-349-6694  |  wweathers@coastal.edu


Douglas Weathers has been a member of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics since 2016. He generally teaches discrete mathematics along with one or two other courses. Weathers graduated with a B.S. in mathematics and a minor in philosophy from the University of Alabama in 2013 and a M.A. in mathematics from the University of Maine in 2015. His other interests include, from most academic to least: probability, epistemology, and video games.


Heidi Webb, Teaching Associate
Smith Science 110  |  843-349-2873  |  hwebb@coastal.edu


 

Stephen WestEmeritus Profesor of Mathematics, Teaching Associate of Mathematics
Smith Science 218D  |  843-349-2075  |  shwest@coastal.edu


Stephen West is an emeritus professor of mathematics; he joined Coastal Carolina University in 1979 and retired as an assistant professor. His areas of specialty include early childhood mathematics, Fibonacci Sequence, and paper folding. He earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Education from the University of South Carolina in 1976. He served as pastor of New Vision Church of the Carolinas and presently serves as a Southern Baptist minister.


Patricia WhitakerTeaching Associate of Mathematics
Smith Science 110  |  843-349-2004


 

Mary Wilkerson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Smith Science 207A  |  843-349-4074  |  mwilkerso@coastal.edu


Mary Wilkerson has been an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics since 2012. She earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics education and psychology from in 2007, and a Ph.D. in mathematics im 2012, both from Virginia Tech. Her primary field of study is complex dynamics. Typical research interests of hers involve using discrete techniques (e.g., finite subdivision rules and circle packings) to model holomorphic maps. Teaching interests of hers center on courses with analysis-based content, like calculus and complex variables. Wilkerson is a Project NExT (New Experience in Teaching) fellow, and has participated in the AMS Mathematical Research Communities program on complex dynamics. She is the current coordinator of the Coastal Carolina University High School Math Contest, and a member of the Safe Zone LGBTQ Ally Network at CCU.

Denise WilliamsLecturer of Mathematics
Smith Science 207B  |  843-349-2082  |  dwillia1@coastal.edu


Denise Williams has been teaching since 2004. She has been a CCU faculty member since 2009; she is a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Her teaching interests include college algebra, trigonometry, and contemporary math. While at CCU, she was in the top three for Teacher of the Year for 2012-2013, and she was awarded Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014. She earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from The University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2001 and a Master of Arts in mathematics education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2006. In her free time, she enjoys watching college basketball, going to the beach, and spending time with family and friends.