Faculty

The distinguished accomplishments of the department's faculty have been recognized by national and international education and research organizations. Three of our professors have been distinguished by the Mathematics Association of America, and research has been supported by multiple foundations, as well as the Department of Energy, the National Security Agency, and the National Science Foundation. 

Our foremost concern as a department is excellence in instruction, so we routinely bring our students into our work, fostering close, mentoring relationships, which is one of the benefits that comes a small liberal arts school like Davidson.

Irl Bivens

Irl Bivens
Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

My specialties include differential geometry and analysis, and I regularly offer a history and problem-solving seminar.

Tim Chartier

Tim Chartier
Ph.D. University of Colorado, Boulder

I teach applied mathematics, and occasionally my skills in this arena get me invited to field mathematical questions on the Sports Science program on ESPN.

Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis
Ph.D. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

My interests center on abstract algebra, discrete mathematics, and computer science.

Laurie Heyer

Laurie Heyer
Ph.D. University of Colorado, Boulder

I teach bioinformatics and regularly supervise student projects on the intersection of mathematics, biology, and computer science.

Donna Molinek

Donna Molinek
Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

My teaching includes differential equations, dynamical systems, mathematical modeling, and topology, including applications in biology and neuroscience.

Michael Mossinghoff

Michael Mossinghoff
Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin

I teach various courses in mathematics and computer science. My research focuses on number theory, but also includes problems in combinatorics, analysis, and discrete geometry.

Rich Neidinger

Richard Neidinger
Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin

I focus on analysis and computer applications in mathematics, including fractals, chaos and topics in numerical analysis, especially the theory and implementation of automatic differentiation.

Tabitha Peck

Tabitha Peck
Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

I teach a wide variety of computer science courses. My research interests include computer graphics, virtual reality, human-computer interaction, 3D user interfaces, system design and evaluation, and human perception.

Raghuram Ramanujan

Raghu Ramanujan
Ph.D. Cornell University

I teach a variety of courses across the computer science curriculum. My research interests span multiple areas of artificial intelligence, including search, planning and machine learning.

Kate Thompson

Kate Thompson
Ph.D. University of Georgia

I teach a variety of courses in mathematics. My research interests are in number theory, with particular emphasis on quadratic forms.

Carl Yerger

Carl Yerger
Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology

My research and teaching interests are in structural graph theory, combinatorics and statistics with an emphasis towards applications in economics and sports analytics.