Dr. Therese Shelton
MBH 143
Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Southwestern University
Georgetown, TX 78627
Phone: (512) 863-1489 or X1489 on campus
More contact info and my professional interests

I enjoyed being invited to speak at the Undergraduate Mathematics Colloquium at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX on March 29, 2017. I presented "Markovian Recycling and other Math Models," a continuation of work with Yvette Niyomugaba '13. We conducted research under a Summer Faculty Student Project and throughout Niyomugaba's senior year. I have expanded and updated the work as part of my S17 sabbatical.

The publication Therese Shelton (2016): "Mathematical Modeling Projects: Success For All Students" is based on many years of supervising capstones and other projects. PRIMUS, DOI: 10.1080/10511970.2016.1249320

The publication Therese Shelton (2016): Injecting Inquiry Oriented Modules into Calculus, is based on my JMM 2015 talk on POGIL Flu, made possible by the June 2013 and Jul 2015 POGIL Workshops; SU HHMI workshops; and the Jun 2015 RLM/IBL presentation. PRIMUS, DOI: 10.1080/10511970.2016.1211205

T E A C H I N G and P E D A G O G Y

Fall 2017 Courses
Senior Seminar in Mathematical Modeling (capstone) syllabus, rubric, poster.
Seminar in Advanced Differential Equations syllabus
Introduction to Statistics syllabus

I participated in Math for Social Justice at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, May 21-22, 2016. Offered through and funded by the Associated Colleges of the South. Continuing collaborations with Dr. John Ross from Southwestern.

Multiple classes have counted in the interdisciplinary initiative, Global Health Paideia Cluster.

I N Q U I R Y       L E A R N I N G      
Most of my courses incorporate some guided inquiry learning techniques.
For 2012-2016, I had great support by SU's HHMI funded Natural Sciences Inquiry Initiative under Dr. Emily Niemeyer and others. I presented a workshop to share modules I created at our culminating conference June 1-3, 2016. "Transforming STEM Pedagogy Through Active Learning"

I participated in the mini-conference Constructing the Future of Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) Conference: The Past 20 Years and the Next 20 Years on July 27, 2017 in Chicago, IL.

Active Learning in Mathematics Instruction Symposium on Use and Assessment in Columbus, OH, Aug 1-2, 2016. Offered through and funded by NSF, EAF, and the Sloan Foundation.

Expanding IBL Throughout Higher Ed in Columbus, OH, Aug 4, 2016. An extension of the Legacy of R. L. Moore Conference on Inquiry-Based Learning offered by the Educational Advancement Foundation.

I was a TIMES Scholar for Fall 2015 in IODE or Inquiry Oriented Differential Equations, under Dr. Karen Keene from North Carolina State University, on the NSCU NSF grant she has with other collaborators. I participated in a summer 2015 IODE workshop, and I was a TIMES Scholar for Spring 2015. IODE supported ♦ Julia Sykora as a teaching assistant for DE in Spring 2015. All of this began with a Minicourse at MathFest 2014.

I participated in two Summer 2015 MAA PREP Workshops:
"Advanced Techniques in the Implementation and Creation of Process Oriented Guided Inquiry (POGIL) Activities" in Tampa, FL
"Building Community in SIMIODE - Systemic Initiative for Modeling Investigations and Opportunities with Differential Equations" in Helena, MT.

I have designed multiple inquiry-oriented activities for Introductory Statistics and some POGIL activities for Calculus I, some funded by HHMI. I designed multiple modules to relate molecular biology to mathematics under SU's Keck Foundation grant under Dr. Maria Cuevas and others.

I presented a poster, "Injections of IBL", at the 2015 RLM IBL conference.

I took a minicourse on "Randomization Methods in Statistics" at JMM 2014 and have incorporated it into my teaching. Thanks to the 5-Lock team for their work and for the software StatKey.

Parametric Functions in Flash: Includes several examples and the ability to define your own functions: paramFull with component plots; optional comments and connectors to emphasize the relationship between the plots, paramSpeedArc with plots of arclength and speed and calculated comments , paramVec with position and velocity vectors.
I have lots of learning modules in Mathematica and some in Excel for multiple courses.
I make use of the graphing calculator, StatKey, DataDesk, and Interactive Differential Equations.

C A L C U L U S       P R E P      
Drs. Buchele, Marr, and I devised a pre-calculus assessment exam with review materials by patrickjmt under an ACS grant.


C O N F E R E N C E S and W O R K S H O P S
♦ JMM - Joint Mathematics Meetings, national meeting of MAA, AMS, AWM, and NAM. January.       ♦ TxMAA - Texas Section Meeting of the MAA. regional. April. ♦ TAAAMS for current and former Tx Math Dept Chairs       ♦ MAA PREP. summer professional development workshops       ♦ MathFest. national meeting of the MAA held in August.       ♦ ICTCM - International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics sometimes. Often March or April.

2017 MathFest in Chicago, IL B. Agyemang-Barimah, (SU Class of 2017) and I co-presented "Pharmacokinetic Models for Active Learning" with T. Laurent of St. Louis College of Pharmacy. My work was supported by the SU's Keck Foundation Grant.
Also, I co-presented the workshop     "Examples and Experiences in Teaching a Modeling-Based Differential Equations Course" with B. Winkel of SIMIODE, P. Tiffany of Manhattan College, and R. Farley of Manhattan College.

2017 JMM in Atlanta, GA. Dr. John Ross and I co-presented "Supermarkets, Highways, and Oil Production: Statistics and Social Justice".
I co-presented the Minicourse     "Teaching Modeling First Differential Equations and Complete End Game Efforts" with B. Winkel, P. Tiffany, R. Farley, and J. Paynter. Paynter is from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
I attended Invited and Contributed Paper Sessions on Mathematical Biology with some SU's Keck Foundation funding.

2016 MathFest in Columbus, OH, Aug 3-7, 2016. I co-presented the Minicourse       "Teaching Modeling First Differential Equations - Building Community in SIMIODE" with B. Winkel, P. Tiffany, and R. Farley.
I attended the Invited Paper Session on Mathematical Biology with some SU's Keck Foundation funding.

2016 TxMAA in Nacogdoches, Mar 31-Apr 2. I presented "SIMIODE: A Modeling Approach to Differential Equations" with J. Sieben & R. Abbasian from Texas Lutheran University.

I participated in the 2016 ICTCM in Atlanta, GA. with SU's Larkin Tom with funding from my Faculty Professional Development Support and the HHMI Faculty Travel fund.

2016 JMM in Seattle, WA Jan 6-9. I participated in a Minicourse on R and R Studio. I presented "Active DE with Inquiry and More".
I attended the Invited Paper by L. Edelstein-Keshet on Mathematical Biology with funding from SU's Keck Foundation Grant.

2015 MathFest in Washington, DC Aug 4, 5-8, 2015. I participated in the Minicourse on the "Scholarship of Teaching and Learning".

2015 JMM in San Antonio Jan 10-13. I presented "POGIL Flu for Calculus: Influenza Data to Help Students Investigate Antiderivatives, Accumulations, and FTC". Dr. Alison Marr and I presented "Working to Improve Student Success in Calculus I Through Pre-calculus Support." I participated in a Minicourse "Healthcare Applications and Projects for Introductory College Mathematics Courses" by T. Laurent.

2014 MathFest in Portland, OR Aug 6-9. I presented "Ensuring Engagement in Math Research," based on many years of supervising undergraduate research.
I served as the PME Advisor for our Chapter, served as a judge in the MAA Student Paper Session, and participated in the Minicourse "Instructional Supports for Implementing Inquiry-Oriented Curricula for Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, and Abstract Algebra".

The publication Kyle CH, Plantz AL, Shelton T, Burks RL (2013) Count Your Eggs Before They Invade: Identifying and Quantifying Egg Clutches of Two Invasive Apple Snail Species (Pomacea). PLoS ONE 8(10): e77736. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0077736. was extended from Colin Kyle's 2008 Biology Honor's project supervised by Dr. Romi Burks. I served on the Honor's committee, provided some mentoring and math consulting, and helped to edit the paper.

            SOME P R O F E S S I O N A L       S E R V I C E
MAA Committee on Sessions of Contributed Papers 2018-2021.
Visiting Committee of Abilene Christian University 2017-2020.
Executive Committee of the TX MAA, serving as Past Chair for 2017-18 with a few duties, Immediate Past Chair for 2016-17, and Chair and Chair Elect the previous two years.
‡ Invited panelist for Explorations into Preparing a Successful Tenure Portfolio for New Experiences in Teaching (NExT), a national program of the MAA, prior to MathFest 2015 in DC.
Departmental Liaison for MAA.
Reviewer for PRIMUS and various publishing companies.

SOME U N D E R G R A D U A T E       R E S E A R C H

I have been supervising the math capstone, the Senior Seminar in Mathematical Modeling in the Fall for over 20 years.
I have also supervised undergraduate summer research and Independent Studies.
Students have presented at Texas MAA, MathFest, JMM, and TUMC .
I have also aided students at these conferences whose research was with other faculty members.

A W A R D!!!

I am honored to have been the 2015 Recipient of the
Ron Barnes Distinguished Service to Students Award
from the Texas Section of the MAA.
Many thanks to all the students who have presented at conferences!

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At the 2017 JMM in Atlanta, GA,
Funding was provided by the following: MAA Student Travel Grants, SU Fleming Student Travel Grants, Shelton's SCOPE Faculty-Student Project fund, the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, and SU's Keck grant.
Students presented at the AMS Contributed Paper Session on Undergraduate Research.
Penny Phan and Morgan Engle gave a joint presentation, "Green Math: Models of Greenhouse Gasses" from a Summer 2016 SCOPE research with me. ♦ Alumnus Julia Sykora ('16) presented "3D Math Models for the Blind," from the 2015-2016 King Creativity project, "Upper Level Mathematical Models for the Blind" with ♦ Allison Young ('16) for which I was supervisor. We were especially pleased to be invited to submit an abstract to the Themed Contributed Paper Session, "Methods of Engaging Math Learners with Physical Impairments." Oliver Sale presented "Investigation of Central Texas Surface Ozone Concentrations 1980-2015" on work that began in 2016 SCOPE supervised by Part-Time Assistant Professor of Physics Dr. Rebecca Edwards and Dr. Gary Morris of St. Edward's University. In Fall 2016, Sale continued the work with me in his mathematics capstone; Edwards continued to primarily oversee the project, and I oversaw the math capstone and prepared Sale for the presentation. He also presented a poster of his work at the American Meteorological Society Jan. 22-26, 2017 in Seattle, WA.
William Soller and McCrary presented "Existence, Uniqueness, and Cost-Optimizing Results of Mathematical Trusses" based on their 2016 SCOPE work supervised by Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dr. John Ross. Victoria Gore presented "Extreme Precipitation: Changes in Rain Frequency from 1895-2015 in Central Texas" from the 2016 SCOPE work supervised by Dr. Rebecca Edwards in Physics. She also presented this work at The Texas Academy of Science March 3-5, 2017 in Belton, TX and won first place in the environmental section! Beulah Agyemang-Barimah received funding from Southwestern's Keck Foundation grant to attend sessions on mathematical and computational biology.
Emma Kathryn Groves also attended the meetings.

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Five seniors presented at the TUMC on Oct. 8, 2016 in Beaumont, Texas -- over Fall Break! Southwestern had the largest number of students giving talks other than the host institution, Lamar University.
Benjamin Stiver presented "Methods to the Madness: Modeling College Basketball?s Championship Tournament."
Beulah Agyemang-Barimah presented "Girls Rule: Social Status, Economics, and Math Literacy."
Emma Kathryn Groves presented "War: A Statistical Analysis of a Popular Card Game."
Katie Smithson , presented "Wages Over the Ages."
Susan Moore presented "Old Math Faithful at Yellowstone National Park."
Each presentation was based on preliminary capstone work undertaken during Fall 2016, and supervised by Associate Professor of Mathematics Therese Shelton. Shelton also moderated two sessions at the conference.
Other students in attendance were ♦ Morgan Engle , ♦ Daniela Beckelhymer , ♦ Elyssa Sliheet , ♦ Bryce Sinclair , and ♦ D'Andre Adams .
Funding was provided by the following at Southwestern: Fleming Student Travel Fund, the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, and the NSF S-STEM grant.

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I guided two SU students in Southwestern's 2016 SCOPE, or Summer Collaborative Opportunities, research program as part of the HHMI-Southwestern Inquiry Initiative. Morgan Engle and Penny Phan , both Class of 2018, spent eight weeks studying difference equations and their applications. Engle presented their work at the 2016 MathFest in Columbus, OH. Engle's attendance at MathFest was supported by an MAA Student Travel Grant, an SU Fleming Student Travel Grant, and Shelton's SCOPE Faculty-Student Project fund.
Victoria Gore also attended MathFest.
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Two students presented at the Texas Section Meeting of the Mathematical Association of America at Stephen F. Austin State University in April 2016. Eight other students attended. I supervised the following:
Charles Payne's : "Ay, Batter, Batter!" won a Best Student Presentation Award. This work was from his capstone in Mathematics, continued in an Independent Study. He is a mathematics major.
Christi Ho presented "Adventures in Art: A Mathematical Analysis of Generative Line Drawings" based on her math capstone. The talk was an extension of her presentation at the TUMC. She is computational math - Art double major.
Also in attendance were ♦ Robert Wagner-Krankel William Soller Yash Gandhi Penny Phan Morgan Engle Victoria Gore Beulah Agyemang-Barimah

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At the 2016 JMM in Seattle, WA,
Yinlin Dai and Emma Kathryn Groves gave a joint presentation, "Math Modeling in the Time of Cholera" from a Summer 2015 SCOPE research with me, which Dai continued in the Math Capstone. Dai is majoring in Math and in Economics. Groves is majoring in Math and Computer Science.
Eric Oden presented "A Physical Application of the Hypergeometric Function," primarily from an Independent Study with Dr. Kendall Richards and his capstone work with me. Oden majors in Math and Physics.

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Five SU students presented at the TUMC at The University on Texas at Tyler Oct 9-10, 2015 -- over Fall Break! The students shared preliminary results of the first seven weeks of work on their math capstone projects.
Jade Garza "Models of Marfan Syndrome". Math major, CS minor.
Michael Gebhardt "A Calling for Success". Math major, minors in Business and Exercise and Sports Studies.
Julia Sykora "Old Math Model Had a Farm: The Math Behind Chicken Farms". Math major, Theatre minor.
Christi Ho "Adventures in Art: A Mathematical Analysis of Generative Line Drawings". Majors in Computational Math and in Art.
Eric Oden "The Mathematics of Chaos: An Exploration of the Double Pendulum". Majors in Computational Math and in Physics.
Dr. John Ross, Visiting Assistant Professor, moderated a session.
There were 21 other student presentations scheduled from fifteen other institutions, and over 100 student attendees. Southwestern had the largest number of students who presented from a single institution. Funding for the SU group was provided by Southwestern's Fleming Student Travel Fund and SU's Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

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I guided two SU students in Southwestern's 2015 SCOPE, or Summer Collaborative Opportunities, research program as part of the HHMI-Southwestern Inquiry Initiative. Yinlin Dai and Emma Groves spent eight weeks studying difference equations. Groves presented their work at the 2015 MathFest in Washington, DC, and it won an Outstanding Student Presentation award! There were 141 student presentations by more than 200 speakers representing over 100 institutions. Groves' attendance at MathFest was supported by an MAA Student Travel Grant, an SU Fleming Student Travel Grant, and Shelton's SCOPE Faculty-Student Project fund.

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Ten mathematics/computational mathematics majors attended the TxMAA in San Antonio in April 2015, with nine competing in the Calculus Bowl and giving presentations at the conference. I supervised the following:
Bonnie Daniel: "This is a Man's World: The Standing of Women ⇔ The Security of the State" won the Best Student Talk Award. This work was from her capstones in Mathematics and in Political Science.
Jade Garza, Julia Sykora, William Soller and Lorena Roque presented "Permutations as Music."
Danielle King and Charles Payne presented "Measles: from data to simulation" based on the 2014 SCOPE Research.

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At the 2015 JMM in San Antonio, ♦ Matthew Miller gave a poster presentation, "Scoring Cardiac Health: A Model of the Relationship between Diet and the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease" from a Summer 2014 Internship at the McDevitt Research Group at Rice University, continued in the Math Capstone under Dr. Shelton. Miller was a Computational Math Major, who graduated in December 2014. ♦ Senior math major Robert Lehr also attended the JMM.

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And there were more student presentations at conferences before this!

SOME U N I V E R S I T Y       S E R V I C E

♦ Faculty Secretary (F14-F16, S96-S98, F93-F94) ♦ Supervisor of Math & CS Tutors (F13-F16)

Formerly, ♦ Awards & Honors Committee (F14-S16) ♦ Chair, Natural Sciences Division (F10-S13) ♦ Chair, Math/CS Department (F02-S07) ♦ Administrator of the Pre-Calculus Assessment Exams ♦ many, many committees