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Dr. Krista Hands

Professor of Mathematics

Office Location Bailey Business Center, 237
Phone (Office) 405.585.4112
OBU Mailbox # 61307


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, the Oklahoma/Arkansas MAA Meeting and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Meeting. She has published articles in mathematics pedagogy regarding teaching business calculus and students preference for difficult classes. She served as the Mathematics Department Chair Fall 2013 – Spring 2016 and is the University Supervisor for Secondary Mathematics Education majors. She and her husband, Jeff, have eight children Temesgen, Lelise, Abigail, Andualem, Buze, Elias, Camberlee and Jewel and attend Oakcliff Church of the Nazarene, where Jeff serves as the Lead Pastor.

Dr. Hands continues to attend national mathematics meetings and enjoys teaching courses in mathematics education, geometry, algebra 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 adopted Lelise and Temesgen in 2014. And then again when they adopted Camberlee and Jewel in 2021. And finally as they welcomed Buze and Andualem into their home just this year. As an outgrowth of this passion Dr. Hands was the sponsor for the Ethiopia GO Trips during summer 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2018. In spring 2016 she and her husband also helped to found a 501C3 organization, Mission 10:10, operating in Ethiopia to help orphans and street children by placing them in Christian families through the local church. Both Dr. Hands and her husband hold positions on the board for this organization and Dr. Hands led Mission 10:10 mission trips to Ethiopia in 2016, 2017, 2019, and 2022.


  • 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

Subjects Taught

  • Mathematics Education courses for Elementary/Middle Grade Pre-service Teachers
  • Service Courses for general mathematics requirements
  • Calculus Courses
  • Secondary Mathematics Methods

Awards and Honors

  • Information Technology Gold Award for Exemplary Use of Educational Technology (Spring 2015)

Selected Presentations

  • Presentation at National Council of Teachers of Mathematics entitled “Engaging Students in Class by Flipping Things Around", Kansas City, MO (Nov 2018)
  • Presentation at National Council of Teachers of Mathematics entitled “Tablet Teaching in Class and Online”, Phoenix, AZ (Nov 2016)
  • Presentation at Oklahoma/Arkansas Mathematics Association of America entitled “Reflections on Teaching Online Courses” with Dr. Sarah Marsh, Tulsa, OK (April 2015)
  • 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)

Selected Lectures

  • Currently 3,893 YouTube Videos recorded and published on YouTube accessible for the public, currently 5,749 subscribers and 1,045,435 viewings for a total of 88,321 hours watched (as of 8/15/22)