### Mathematics and Statistics Directory

**Jennifer Sparkes, ***Administrative Specialist*

R. Cathcart Smith Science 218O | 843-349-2004 | jsparkes@coastal.edu

**Keshav Jagannathan**, Ph.D., *Chair,* *Professor of Statistics*

Smith Science 218P | 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.

**Debendra Banjade**, Ph.D., *Associate 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, he is interested working on mathematical modeling and numerical analysis. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics with a minor in statistics and economics, 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 at 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.

**Deepak Basyal, **Ph.D.,

*Assistant Professor of Mathematics*

Smith Science 207D | 843-349-6521 | dbasyal@coastal.edu

Deepak Basyal joined Coastal Carolina University in Fall 2020. Before coming to CCU, Deepak worked as an assistant professor of mathematics on various campuses of the University of Wisconsin system (2015-2020). Basyal earned an M.S. (2010) and Ph.D. (2015) in mathematics from New Mexico State University. He also earned a Master of Arts in mathematics from Tribhuvan University, Nepal in 2004. In addition to teaching undergraduate mathematics courses in various institutions in Nepal, Deepak also taught high school mathematics courses at Kathmandu Model Higher Secondary School for three years. His research interests include mathematics education and the history of mathematics.

**Lindsey Bell**, Ph.D.,* Assistant Chair, 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 first passion is statistics education and involving students in undergraduate research. She and her colleagues have developed and published course materials that reflect this desire for quality education in statistics as well as authoring several papers with students. 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.

**Craig Cook**, *Senior **Lecturer of Mathematics and Statistics*

Smith Science 205C | 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 traveling, golf, fishing, and other outdoor activities.

**Rajendra Dahal**, Ph.D.,* Professor of Mathematics*

Smith Science 205B | 843-349-2391 | rdahal@coastal.edu | website »

Rajendra Dahal has been a Coastal Carolina University faculty since 2009; he is a full 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 the 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 Wayne State University in Detroit in 2004 and a Ph.D. in pure mathematics from the University of Florida in 2009.

**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 Fox**, *Senior **Lecturer* *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 on 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 students’ 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 Green**, *Lecturer 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 her 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 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.

**Hannah Harrelson**, *Lecturer of Mathematics*

Smith Science 218G | 843-349-4111 | hjharrels@coastal.edu

I have been teaching at Coastal Carolina University since Fall 2020. I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from Coastal Carolina University in 2018. I continued my education at Coastal by earning my Master of Arts in Teaching in 2020. Shortly after obtaining this degree, I began teaching at CCU. Once a Chant, always a Chant!

**Kristin Haynes**, *Lecturer of Mathematics*

Smith Science 207-G | 843-349-2807 | khaynes1@coastal.edu

Kristen Haynes has been a faculty member at Coastal Carolina University since 2021. She earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Winthrop University in 2017 and a Master of Science in mathematics from Miami University in 2019. She has taught precalculus, calculus for business and social sciences, and math with applications in business. She is passionate about working with students and helping them appreciate the beauty of mathematics. Outside of the classroom, she loves spending time with family, crocheting, and going to the beach.

**Jamie Hedges**, *Senior Lecturer of Mathematics*

Smith Science 205A | 843-349-6660 | jjhedges@coastal.edu

Jamie Hedges has served as 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. Hill 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. Hill 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. His research interests include statistics education and pedagogical practice.

**Thomas Hoffman**, Ph.D., *Professor of Mathematics*Smith Science 218F | 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 a 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. He 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 Irish**, *Senior Lecturer of Mathematics*Smith Science 205A | 843-349-2074 | nirish@coastal.edu

Nyeita Irish has been a lecturer at Coastal Carolina University 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.

**Joyce Keenan***, Lecturer of Mathematics*Smith Science 207G

*| 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 dual Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota – Mankato in mathematics and philosophy and a 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 Kittle**, *Senior **Lecturer of Mathematics*

Smith Science 218M | 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 Knudsen,** *Senior **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.

**Dana Lee**, Lecturer of Mathematics

Smith Science 218-I | 843-349-5024 | dlee2@coastal.edu

Dana Lee joined Coastal Carolina University in Fall 2022 as a lecturer in the department of Mathematics and Statistics. Dana earned her B.S. in Mathematics and her Master of Teaching (Mathematics) from the University of South Carolina. She also completed additional graduate coursework in mathematics at Ball State University. She has taught at Reading Area Community College in PA and at Southern New Hampshire University. After spending some time in Finance, she returned to education and is excited to be teaching at CCU. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, going to the beach, and generally being outdoors.

**Molly McKee**, *Teaching Associate*

mmckee@coastal.edu

**Joseph Njuki**, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Statistics

Smith Science 218A | 843-349-6420 | jnjuki@coastal.edu

Joseph Njuki is a statistician who earned his Ph.D. in statistics from Bowling Green State University. He has a master's degree in mathematics from Miami University and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Nairobi (in Kenya). Njuki's current research interests include change point analysis, survival analysis, and statistical learning and modeling.

**Nicholas Pritchard**, Ph.D., *Professor of Statistics*

Smith Science 218E | 843-349-2556 | npritcha@coastal.edu

Nicholas Pritchard is a professor of statistics and has been a faculty member at CCU since 2008. He thoroughly enjoys leading students through the study of statistics. His areas of research are categorical data analysis, group testing, statistics education, and sports analytics in which he has several publications. In addition, he enjoys collaborating on projects with faculty from other disciplines. 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, two children, and dog.

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

**James Solazzo**, Ph.D., *Senior Associate Provost for Retention and Student Success*

Kearns 216C | 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 was 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 working 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.

**Macayla Vealey**, *Lecturer of Mathematics*

Smith Science 218G | 843-349-2873 | mcvealey@coastal.edu

Macayla Vealey started as a lecturer at Coastal Carolina University in 2020. She began attending CCU as a student in 2015 and completed her bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics in 2018. She continued to attend CCU to obtain her Master of Arts in Teaching in 2020. Her teaching interests include college algebra, trigonometry, and business calculus. In her spare time, Macayla enjoys biking, swimming, walking with her black lab, and spending time with her family.

**Douglas Weathers**, *Lecturer 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 elementary statistics and discrete mathematics with the occasional section of calculus. He has authored a free e-book for discrete math, *Elementary Discrete Mathematics 2*. Weathers graduated with a B.S. in mathematics and a minor in philosophy from the University of Alabama in 2013 and an M.A. in mathematics from the University of Maine in 2015. Outside of the university, his interests include playing games, watching movies, and cooking.

**Patricia Whitaker**, *Teaching Associate of Mathematics*

Smith Science 218D | 843-349-2075

**Mary Wilkerson**, Ph.D., *Associate 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 in 2007, and a Ph.D. in mathematics in 2012, all 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. Her teaching interests 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 LGBTQIA+ Ally Network at CCU.

** Denise Williams**,

*Lecturer 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.

**Jennifer Zhang**, *Teaching Associate*

Smith Science SCI 218A | 843-349-2004 |