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Mathematics & Computer Science

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We offer courses in computer science, mathematics, and mathematics education.  Our students major in mathematics or computer science, and our mathematics education program is nationally recognized by NCATE.

Our faculty scholars are engaged in excellent teaching, mentoring, and advising within a student-oriented department.


Featured News

Department faculty member wins Student Faculty Recognition Award

Congratulations to Dr. Sharon Emerson-Stonnell (Professor of Mathematics) who was awarded the Student Faculty Recognition Award at Commencement 2014!

Department has four Outstanding First Year Student Advocates

Congratulations to Dr. Sharon Emerson-Stonnell, Professor of Mathematics; Dr. Robert Marmorstein, Associate Professor of Computer Science; Dr. Leah Shilling-Traina, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education; and Dr. Thomas Wears, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, who were all named 2013-14 Outstanding First Year Student Advocates.  

Department faculty member's article published in PRIMUS

Dr. David Shoenthal, Associate Professor of Mathematics and department chair, was published in PRIMUS: Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies.  His article, "Fourier Series as a Unifying Topic in Calculus II," appears in Volume 24, Issue 4 (2014).

Department faculty member's article appears in conference proceedings

Dr. Don Blaheta, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, was published in the Proceedings of the 45th ACM technical symposium on Computer Science Education, March 2014.  He presented his paper "Reinventing homework as cooperative, formative assessment" at the SIGCSE conference in Atlanta, GA.

Department faculty member sees article published in School Science and Mathematics

Dr. Maria Timmerman, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education (and recent winner of the 2014 VCTM William C. Lowry Outstanding Mathematics Educator of the Year Award for the University Level), published her article "Making Connections: Elementary Teachers’ Construction of Division Word Problems and Representations" in School Science and Mathematics.

Department faculty member receives grant, researches SOL scores

Dr. Virginia Lewis, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education, recently received notification that she has been awarded a state MSP grant entitled PREP: Proportional Reasoning Enrichment Project.  During the summer of 2014, teachers will participate in two weeks of professional development workshops focused on developing their own understanding of rational number concepts and proportional reasoning. For one day in fall 2014, teachers will focus on using a wide variety of formative mathematics assessments. In spring 2015, teachers will participate in two full-day sessions focused on analyzing student work collected when using formative assessments. Teachers will share tasks, identify student misconceptions, and design and/or select additional formative assessment tasks that can be used to revisit concepts and processes.

Dr. Lewis was also featured for her research into helping teachers understand SOL Math scores.  More detail is available in an official press release.


Colloquium Series

All colloquia are from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. in Ruffner 356.  Be sure to join us for a social before the colloquium starting at 3:30 in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department lounge (Ruffner 300A).


Returns in 2014-15 Academic Year


Problem of the Month


Problem Status: RETURNING IN SEPTEMBER 2014.

Previous problems


Featured Events

Colloquium April 17, 2014

Dr. Rebecca Nelson (Adjunct, Longwood University) presented her experiences as a math teacher in Kenya.  Her talk, Mimi ni mwalimu: On being a math teacher in Kenya, was the final department colloquium of the 2013-14 academic year.


Colloquium March 18, 2014

Dr. John David of Virginia Military Institute discussed Machine Learning in Sports at the department colloquium on Tuesday, March 18.



Fractal Art Display


The department is displaying several pieces of artwork by Longwood alumna Judith Moffitt (1977). These digital pigment prints are part of the Virginia Artists Collection of the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts and were a gift of the artist in memory of Benoit Mandelbrot. The photos on this site are by Taylor Dabney.