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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

Job posting: Assistant Professor of Computer Science

The department is seeking applications for an Assistant Professor of Computer Science, to begin in August 2015.  Please see the full job ad for more details.  Apply by December 1 for full consideration.

Dr. Poplin publishes puzzles in MAA Focus

The most recent issue of MAA Focus magazine features several dice puzzles by Dr. Phillip Poplin, Associate Professor of Mathematics.  They appear on page 31.

Mathematics faculty participates at Mathfest

Dr. William Abrams, Professor of Mathematics, presented Discovering Concepts in Calculus II at Mathfest in Portland, OR this August.  Dr. Leigh Lunsford, Professor of Mathematics, was an invited member of a panel discussion Incorporating Real-World Applications into Calculus and Statistics Courses.

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 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.


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).

21 October: MegaMenger

Dr. Caren Diefenderfer
Professor of Mathematics
Hollins University


Problem of the Month

October 2014

October Problem (pdf)

Problem Status: SOLVED

Previous problems


Recent Events

Colloquium September 23, 2014

Dr. Brian Heinold (Mount St. Mary's University) discussed e as the second colloquium of the 2014-15 academic year.

Colloquium September 4, 2014

Dr. Edwin O'Shea (JMU) presented Divisibility Tests Unified as the first colloquium of the 2014-15 academic year.


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.