Dr. Cherith Tucker

Associate Professor of Mathematics
Office Location Owens Hall, 111
Phone (Office) 405.585.4111
OBU Mailbox # 61307
Email cherith.tucker@okbu.edu


Dr. Cherith Tucker joined the OBU faculty as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics in the fall of 2013. Before arriving at OBU, she served as a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Oklahoma, and as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Mathematics at Southern Nazarene University.

Tucker’s main research interests are in the area of low-dimensional topology. She enjoys learning, researching, and teaching about areas of topology such as knot theory, graph theory, and the topology of manifolds.

Tucker was awarded the Harold Huneke Graduate Assistant Teaching Award from the University of Oklahoma in 2009. She was also a Section NExT Fellow for the OK-AR Section of the MAA from 2014-2015. In 2018, Tucker was named OBU's "Promising Teacher."

Tucker serves as a sponsor of the OBU Math Club, in which she has given talks over such topics as knot theory, mathematical origami, the Euler characteristic, and the fourth dimension.


  • B.A. in Mathematics from Southern Nazarene University, 2007
  • M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Oklahoma, 2009
  • Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Oklahoma, 2013 - Dissertation: Geodesic Fibrations of Elliptic 3-Manifolds
  • Endorsement in Preparation for Teaching Undergraduate Mathematics from the Department of Mathematics at the University of Oklahoma, 2013

Courses Taught

  • Intermediate Algebra
  • Contemporary Mathematics
  • College Algebra
  • Calculus for Business and Social Science
  • College Trigonometry
  • Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
  • Calculus and Analytic Geometry IV
  • Modern Geometry (Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometry)
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Advanced Topics in Mathematics: Number Theory
  • Introduction to Complex Variables
  • Introduction to Real Analysis
  • Introduction to Modern Algebra
  • History and Foundations of Mathematics
  • Independent Study: Topology
  • Independent Study: Links in the Three-Sphere
  • Independent Study: Group Theory
  • Honors Colloquium: The Shape of Space
  • Honors Colloquium: Musings on the Multiverse
  • Honors Colloquium: Logical Paradoxes

Publications and Presentations

  • “Geometry Games”, OK-AR MAA Section Meeting, April 2016
  • “Using ALEKS in the Intermediate Algebra Classroom (and Beyond)”, with Tanner Auch, OK-AR MAA Section Meeting, April 2016
  • "The Shape of the Multiverse", OK-AR MAA Section Meeting, April 2017
  • "Using Card Games in an Undergraduate Geometry Course", MAA MathFest, Chicago, IL, July 2017