News & Events


 STEM night at Wilkes High School!

On Monday, April 4, Dr. Tracie McLemore Salinas and mathematics students Allison Jones, April McCormick, and Averia Padgett participated in STEM night at West Wilkes High School.  Along with displays on the mathematics of knots, engineering buildings to withstand earthquakes, and characteristics of birds, the team created a STEM selfie booth for faculty and students to enjoy.





Faces of Courage Award presented to four Appalachian alumni

BOONE—They might not have realized it at the time, but many former Appalachian State University faculty, staff and students spearheaded the university’s diversity efforts beginning in the 1960s.Four of those individuals were honored with a Faces of Courage Award presented Oct. 2 during a Commemoration of Integration held on campus.


Four individuals instrumental in Appalachian State University’s early diversity efforts recently received a Faces of Courage Award from the university. They are, from left, Zaphon Wilson, Barbara Hart, Carolyn Anderson and Willie Fleming. Chancellor Sheri N. Everts is pictured center. (Photo by Marie Freeman)

They were Dr. Carolyn Anderson ’69 of Winston-Salem, Dr. Willie Fleming ’80 ’84 of Charlotte, Barbara Reeves Hart ’65 of Gastonia and Dr. Zaphon R. Wilson ’76 ’77 of Raleigh.“During the Civil Rights movement more than five decades ago, America’s youth forced our nation to face ugly truths and to begin the process of reconciling them. When Appalachian State Teachers College first became integrated more than 50 years ago, our community joined this national movement in our own way, with a dedication to eradicating egregious inequalities, with a hope of making our society more inclusive, and with a desire to make the world a better place for all of us,” said Chancellor Sheri N. Everts.”Carolyn Anderson, who earned a degree in mathematics, was the first African-American, full-time faculty member at Appalachian. She taught in the Department of Mathematics.“My biggest hope would be that in 10 years Appalachian would look totally different than what it does now, with more students involved in research and that there would be a larger diverse population,” she said in a video tribute.Anderson held faculty or administrative posts at Livingston College and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College before retiring as associate director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Winston-Salem State University.


Appalachian State University Receives $1.1 Million Grant to Support Mathematics and Science Teacher Preparation

Appalachian State University has received a National Science Foundation grant for $1,165,039 to support a Noyce Scholarship Program.  The grant, awarded by NSF’s Directorate for Education & Human Resources, Division of Education, provides scholarship funding to support mathematics and science majors in acquiring high school teaching licensure.  The program, titled TEAMS, or Teaching for Equity in Appalachia in Mathematics and Science, prepares prospective teachers with the content and pedagogy components needed for teaching but also focuses on the specific needs of students and schools in high need, rural areas. 

The program provides scholarships of $10,000 per year to support juniors or seniors in biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics or physics in completing licensure and program requirements.  Participants also receive travel money to attend teaching conferences and mentoring from effective teachers in the region.  Prospective teachers who have completed a degree in the areas listed above and who are eligible to pursue licensure in North Carolina are also eligible to apply.  Scholarship recipients teach in high-needs schools after licensure, gaining valuable experience in teaching mathematics and science to diverse learners. 

Students or former students interested in the TEAMS program who are not currently licensed or are not currently enrolled in a licensure program can contact the Program Director, Tracie McLemore Salinas at  Additional information is also available on the website at, and application materials and requirements will be posted there soon.


Mathematics Faculty Involved in Vertical Alignment Projects 

In collaboration with the NC Ready for Success project, Department of Mathematical Sciences Faculty are participating in a variety of activities aimed at the vertical alignment of content across educational levels.  A group of faculty received a $13,000 mini-grant to explore vertical alignment issues in mathematical modeling.  Inspired by the modeling working groups of the AMP project, Drs. Todd Abel, Holly Hirst, Eric Marland, Bill Bauldry and Tracie McLemore Salinas proposed a project in which faculty from high schools, community colleges, and the university explore perspectives on teaching mathematical modeling.  The project will produce tools for assisting teachers in understanding the learning trajectories associated with mathematical modeling and for evaluating and planning instructional opportunities in modeling.  The project includes several teachers and brings the perspectives of AppState faculty Emily Elrod and Lisa Maggiore as well.  Catawba Valley Community College faculty, and former AppState grads, Luke Walsh and Michael Boone are also participating.  Graduate student Alana Baird  assists the project and is researching the experiences of teachers as they explore modeling. Dr. Debbie Crocker is currently serving as a mathematics content leader in a Vertical Alignment Team along with teachers and other university faculty.  Dr. Tracie McLemore Salinas recently spoke on a panel with Dr. Jennifer Curtis, DPI Mathematics Chief, and Meghan McIntyre of Wake Technical Community College. The panel addressed issues of vertical alignment of mathematics across K-12 and post secondary levels, such as differences in perspectives on educational technology and on challenges of course placement.

Winners of Appalachian State University’s Fall 3-Minute Research

Competition were, from left, Alex Kirk, first place; Amber Mellon, runner-up; and Scott Hopkins, People’s Choice Award. The competition was sponsored by the Cratis D. Williams Graduate School. 

The competition featured the research of 10 graduate student finalists from eight graduate programs in two colleges. If the average master’s thesis is about 100 pages, and it takes two minutes to read aloud one page of double-spaced 12-point type, it should have taken the student competitors 33 hours and 20 minutes to explain their research. Instead, each one had three minutes and one PowerPoint slide through which to engage the audience in the research topic and explain to them why the public should care about the results of the study. Runner-up was Amber Mellon from mathematics with a presentation on using math to teach financial literacy to high school students. Her mentor is Mark Ginn. All three winners will present their research at the January meeting of the Educational Planning, Policies and Programs Committee of the UNC Board of Governors in Chapel Hill.

The 3-Minute Research competition is part of an international initiative called Three Minute Thesis (3MT®), a research communication competition started at Australia’s Queensland University in 2008. Currently, the competition is held in 13 countries around the world. Twenty universities in the United States are officially registered as affiliates.  Appalachian is in the process of seeking affiliation.

AMP Project Yielding Research Findings - Faculty with the Appalachian Mathematics Partnership, or AMP, are learning about the work of developing K-12/post-secondary partnerships for affecting educational change.   A poster presentation at the 2013 U.S. Department of Education MSP Conference shared the conceptual framework of the project, and a recently accepted book chapter details issues in coherence and shared vision that are necessary for implementing change.  The AMP Project includes Drs. Tracie McLemore Salinas, Katie Mawhinney, Debbie Crocker, and Todd Abel of the Department of Mathematical Sciences and Drs. Kathleen Lynch-Davis and Lisa Poling of the Reich College of Education.


The AMMASING Program and Extended Math Camp

AMMASING (Appalachian: Merging Mathematics and Science for Intentional Natural Gains) is a partnership between the Appalachian State University Department of Mathematical Sciences, ASU Math Camp, and Summer Ventures. The program that brings together grade 8-12 teachers and students to explore mathematics and the work of teaching. Participants will engage in an exciting and stimulating summer workshop which will serve as a launch point for a year-long program of mathematical investigations and collaboration. In addition, the program includes opportunities to participate in the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference (the largest professional meeting of math teachers in the state, and one of the largest in the country) and be supported in a variety of endeavors.

AMP Project Receives Second Year Funding - The Appalachian Mathematics Partnership, or AMP project received funding for its second year. The AMP project partners ASU with districts and schools in 11 counties to prepare mathematics teachers for the Common Core. In the summer, four weeks of professional development sessions were scheduled and activities continue with follow-up sessions in the fall and spring and trips to the NCCTM Leadership Conference and State Conference. The AMP project staff includes Drs. Debbie Crocker, Kathleen Lynch-Davis (C&I), Katie Mawhinney and Tracie McLemore Salinas. AMP is funded by a Mathematics Science Partnership grant.


 AMP Partners with MSEC and PSP for PD - The AMP project partnered with the Mathematics Science Education Center and the Public School Partnership to offer a session on the TI-Smartview software for mathematics teachers. Participants explored how using the software supports student engagement in the classroom and received software for participation in the session. Dr. Debbie Crocker facilitated the session.



Quick Links to Events

Department Colloquia and SeminarsPi DayDepartment Student/Faculty Tea 
NC Regional Math ContestNorth Carolina Math Fair (MELT) Institutes  

Department Colloquia and Seminars

Normally Fridays (at 3). Also check the lounge for current announcements.

Colloquia occurs on Fridays at 3 pm in 103a Walker Hall. Special times and rooms are announced when needed. We are now scheduling talks for this semester. If you are interested in giving a presentation, contact our Colloquium Director Dr Bill Cook (

Colloquia Schedule


The Teaching Seminar meets Tuesday at 1pm in WA 308. If you are interested in speaking, contact either of our Graduate Studies Coordinators Dr Ross Gosky or Dr. Holly Hirst

 Pi Day .... Penny Wars!!!!

Get your pennies. Fill up those containers & see what instructors will be pied! 

 Pi Day Pied

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 Department Student/Faculty Tea

Come and join us for tea, hot chocolate, and cookies or other goodies. Tea is from 2:30 to 4:00 pm each Wednesday afternoon in the third floor 'Elevator Lobby' of Walker Hall.

Past Teas





NC Regional Math Contest

Wednesday March 8, 2017

Math Contest Invitation and Information coming soon!!!!

Contact local Contest Director John Sevier for more information.



North Carolina Math Fair

We are pleased to help support the North Carolina Math Fair. Take a look at our photo galleries. (The archives have photos from 2001 on.)

  • The Western Region Math Fair will be held on March 25, 2017 at the ASU Plemmons Student Union. The registration form is posted on the NCCTM website (
  • The State Math Fair information is on the NCSSM.

 Math Education Leadership Training (MELT) Institutes.

The department will be sponsoring workshops again this summer via the MELT Program.


Mathematical Sciences
342 Walker Hall
121 Bodenheimer Dr
Boone, NC 28608
828-265-8617 fax

Department Chairperson
Dr. Eric Marland

Assistant Chairperson
Dr. Rick Klima

Colloquia and Seminars

For more information, please select either Deparmental Colloquia or Seminars. The Colloquia and Seminar Coordinator is Dr. William (Bill) Cook; his contact information is listed below.

Dr. William (Bill) Cook
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