### 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.

**Warren Acoose**, *Lecturer of Statistics*

Smith Science SCI 218I | 843-349-6437 | wacoose@coastal.edu

Warren Acoose grew up in Canada, primarily Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He attended York University in Toronto for his undergrad studies and earned a B.A. in English with a minor in mathematics. Warren proceeded from there to earn an M.B.A. at the Shulich School of Business and an M.A. in Mathematics & Statistics at York University. Warren subsequently continued his studies in the United States as a graduate student in Statistics at Colorado State University and in Mathematics at North Carolina State University. Warren transitioned to teaching full time in 2010. After spending one year at Western Carolina University, Warren moved to Trident Technical College in Charleston, South Carolina where he has taught math and statistics for the last ten years.

**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 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.

**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 in 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 in 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 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.

**Craig Cook**, *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 travelling, 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 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.

**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 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 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**, *Teaching Associate*

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

**Jamie Hedges**, *Senior 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. 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 | 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 Irish**, *Senior 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.

**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 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 Kittle**, *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.

**Molly McKee**, *Teaching Associate*

mmckee@coastal.edu

**Anthony Powell**, *Lecturer of Mathematics*

Smith Science 218I | 843-349-6437 | apowell2@coastal.edu

Anthony Powell joined CCU as a lecturer in 2020. He earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in mathematics from North Carolina State University. Previously, he has taught College Algebra, Finite Mathematics, and Precalculus. In his free time, he enjoys running, racquetball, and cooking.

**Nicholas Pritchard**, Ph.D., *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 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 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.

**James Solazzo**, Ph.D., *Vice President for Student Success, Enrollment Management, and Student Affairs, Professor of Mathematics*

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 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.

**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 in Applied Mathematics in 2018. She continued to attend Coastal 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 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

**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 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 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 |