Assistant Professor of MathematicsOwens Hall 101405.585.4112 OBU Box 61199500 W. UniversityShawnee, OK 74804
Dr. Krista Hands joined OBU in Fall 2010. Coming from Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio, Dr. Hands has presented several times in the Ohio MAA Meetings and has also presented at the Ohio Council of Teachers Meetings and at the Oklahoma/Arkansas MAA Meetings. She has published articles in mathematics pedagogy regarding teaching business calculus and students preference for difficult classes. She and her husband, Jeff, have two children Abigail and Elias. Dr. Hands continues to attend national mathematics meetings and enjoys teaching courses in mathematics education, geometry and probability. She also has a passion for Ethiopia and for adoption, which permanently affected the Hands family with the adoption of Elias in 2008. As an outgrowth of this passion she was the sponsor for the Ethiopia GO Trips during summer 2011 and 2012 and plans to sponsor the trip during summer 2013.
Educational BackgroundPh.D. in Mathematics from The University of OklahomaM.A. in Mathematics Education from The University of KansasB.S. in Mathematics from Southern Nazarene University
Courses TaughtEDUC 3983: Special Methods of Teaching Secondary MathematicsMATH 1033: Introduction to Contemporary MathematicsMATH 1163: College AlgebraMATH 1173: College TrigonometryMATH 1203: Elementary Mathematics IMATH 1213: Elementary Mathematics IIMATH 1903: Calculus for Business and Social SciencesMATH 2013: Analytic Geometry/Calculus IMATH 2023: Analytic Geometry/Calculus IIMATH 3013: Introduction to Probability and StatisticsMATH 3133: Modern Geometry
Publications and/or Professional Activity
Presentation at Oklahoma/Arkansas Mathematics Association of America entitled “Helping Tutors, Helping Students” with Dr. Sarah Marsh and Shannon Griffith, Arkadelphia, AR(March 2012)
AMS-MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings, Boston, MA (January 2012)
American Mathematical Society Member (September 2011 – present)
AMS-MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings, New Orleans, LA (January 2011)
Presentation at Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics entitled “Proving Basic Geometric Facts Visually”, Cleveland, OH (October 2010)
Consultant for Evaluations Systems of Pearson in the creation of a teacher licensure exam (November 2008 – July 2009)
Consultant for Western Governors University in the creation of a teacher licensure exam (November 2009)
Consultant for The Ohio Academy of Science in the revision of 7-12 grade science standards (December 2009)
“Proving the Pythagorean Theorem the First Day of Class” at Fall Meeting of the Ohio NExT, in Gambier, Ohio (October 2009)
Mathfest, Math Association of America National Meeting, Portland, OR (August 2009)
Symposium on Preparing P-6 Mathematics Specialists and Coaches (May 2009)
Project NExT Fellow( August 2008 – August 2009)
Hands, K.B., (2008). Business Calculus: An exploration of teaching experiences in an unfamiliar course. Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Muller Aktiengesellschaft & Co. KG.
National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, Cleveland, OH (October 15, 2008)
Mathfest, Math Association of America National Meeting, Madison, WI (July/August 2008)
Hands, K.B. (2008). Review of the book: Uncovering Student Thinking in Mathematics Grades 6-12: 30 Formative Assessment Probes for the Secondary Classroom by Cheryl M. Rose and Carolyn B. Arline [Electronic Version] Retrieved November 12, 2008 from http://mathdl.maa.org.
Martin, J.H., Hands, K.B., Lancaster, S.M., Trytten, D.A., & Murphy, T.J. (2008). “Hard but Not Too Hard: Challenging Courses and Engineering Students” College Teaching, 56(2), pp. 107-113.
“Hard But Not Too Hard: Students Prefer Challenging Courses” at Fall Meeting of the Ohio Section of the MAA, in Columbus, OH (October 2008)
“Seriously” at the University of Oklahoma, Undergraduate Curriculum and Pedagogy Research Seminar, in Norman, OK (March 2008)
“Business Calculus: An exploration of teaching experiences in an unfamiliar course” at the Fall Meeting of the Ohio Section of the MAA in Springfield, OH (October 2007)
AMS-MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings, New Orleans, LA (January 2007)
AMS-MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings, San Antonio, TX (January 2006)