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Dr. Krista Hands

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Biography

Dr. Krista Hands joined OBU in Fall 2010. Prior to being at OBU, Dr. Hands was at Ashland University 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 four children Temesgen, Lelise, 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 their son in 2008 and the growth of their family when they brought home their daughter, Lelise, in June 2014 and their son, Temesgen, in Nov 2014. As an outgrowth of this passion she was the sponsor for the Ethiopia GO Trips during summer 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and plans to sponsor the trip during summer 2015.

Education

Ph.D. in Mathematics from The University of Oklahoma

M.A. in Mathematics Education from The University of Kansas

B.S. in Mathematics from Southern Nazarene University

Courses Taught

  • EDUC 3983 Special Methods of Teaching Secondary Mathematics
  • MATH 1033 Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics
  • MATH 1163 College Algebra
  • MATH 1173 College Trigonometry
  • MATH 1203 Elementary Mathematics I
  • MATH 1213 Elementary Mathematics II
  • MATH 1903 Calculus for Business and Social Sciences
  • MATH 2013 Analytic Geometry/Calculus I
  • MATH 2023 Analytic Geometry/Calculus II
  • MATH 2033 Analytic Geometry/Calculus III
  • MATH 3013 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • MATH 3133 Modern Geometry

Selected Publications

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 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 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 (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)