WBU Math & Science welcomes two new faculty members

Dr. Leah Cole and Dr. Timothy Walsh have joined the faculty at Wayland Baptist University in the Division of Mathematics and Sciences.

Cole is assistant professor of mathematics for Wayland. She received her doctorate in math in May 2002 from Texas Tech University and was selected to participate in the Teaching Effectiveness and Career Enhancement program while working on her dissertation. She also attended the Summer Academy with six members of the Texas Tech faculty to work on a model for increasing teaching effectiveness in classes with large enrollment.

She earned her master of science degree in mathematics in August 1999 from Texas Tech and her bachelor's degree in math from Baylor University in May 1997. Cole brings teaching experience from Texas Tech, where she served as a graduate part-time instructor in algebra, trigonometry, calculus and math analysis. She has submitted a paper titled "Minimal Harmonic Measure on Complementary Regions," written with professors Roger Barnard and Alex Solynin. She is a member of the American Mathematical Society and the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

Walsh joins the WBU faculty as assistant professor of physical sciences. He earned a doctorate in May 2002 from Texas Tech in the area of geology. He also holds a master of science in geology degree from Oklahoma State University and a bachelor of science degree in geology from Phillips University in Oklahoma.

He served as an instructor in physical geology and a teaching assistant while at Tech. He brings other teaching experience from the public schools in Oklahoma and was an active partner in Geo-Logic Consultants, a petroleum consulting partnership in Oklahoma, in the early 1980s.

He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Sigma Gamma Epsilon, Geological Society of America, Society for Sedimentary Geology, National Association of Geology Teachers and the Paleontological Society.

Walsh has research interests in all aspects of the Late Paleozoic strata and fauna and has worked on projects in New Mexico, north central Texas and southern Kansas. He has published several articles concerning his research with the Elm Creek Formation and Kansas projects, and has received grants for research.