Associate Professor of Mathematics
Owens Hall 101
OBU Box 61199
500 W. University
Shawnee, OK 74804
Dr. Krista Hands joined OBU in Fall 2010. Prior to being at OBU, Dr. Hands was at Ashland Univeristy in Ashland, Ohio. Dr. Hands has presented several talks at the Ohio MAA Meeting, Ohio Council of Teachers Meeting, and the Oklahoma/Arkansas MAA Meeting. She has published articles in mathematics pedagogy regarding teaching business calculus and students preference for difficult classes. She became the Mathematics Department Chair in Fall 2013 and is the University Supervisor for Secondary Mathematics Education majors. She and her husband, Jeff, have two children Abigail and Elias and attend Oakcliff Church of the Nazarene, where Jeff serves as an Associate Pastor.
Dr. Hands continues to attend national mathematics meetings and enjoys teaching courses in mathematics education, geometry and calculus. 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, 2012, 2013 and plans to sponsor the trip during summer 2014. They are also currently the process of adopting a 14 year old daughter from Ethiopia and hope to be able to bring her home soon.
Presentation at Oklahoma/Arkansas Mathematics Association of America entitled “Enhancing Teaching with an IPad”,” Stillwater, OK (April 2013)
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 15, 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 30, 2009)
Mathfest, Math Association of America National Meeting, Portland, OR (August 6-8, 2009)
Symposium on Preparing P-6 Mathematics Specialists and Coaches (May 17-19, 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 31- August 2, 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 24-25, 2008)
“Seriously” at the University of Oklahoma, Undergraduate Curriculum and Pedagogy Research Seminar, in Norman, OK (March 10, 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 26-27, 2007)
AMS-MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings, New Orleans, LA (January 2007)
AMS-MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings, San Antonio, TX (January 2006)