Dr. Cokeley received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where his thesis was in the area of partial differential equations. He spent the last three years teaching at the China Agriculture University in Beijing. Dr. Cokeley teaches Quantitative Reasoning.
Dr. Gregg teaches a wide variety of courses in mathematics. Her research interests are in the area of functional analysis; specifically she studies a class of completely positive maps on C*-algebras. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Over his forty year tenure at Augustana, Dr. Knapp taught virtually all of the courses offered in the department. In recent years he often taught Quantitative Reasoning, Foundations of Mathematics, Calculus III, Probability and Statistics, and Senior Seminar. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Concordia College - Moorhead and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. His thesis developed a generalized theory of distributions, and his latest research interest is three-body stable orbits. Dr. Knapp is also a triathlete, and finished this summer's HyVee triathlon in under four hours -- a personal best!
Visiting Assistant Professor
Dr. Olson frequently teaches pre-calculus, calculus I, and calculus II. He completed his D.A. at Idaho State University in the area of Matrix Theory. Dr. Olson retired from the University of South Dakota, where he served as chair of the mathematics department. He is active with the South Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics and is a founding member of the Sioux Falls Area Math Teachers Circle.
Mr. Denny Pierson will be retiring shortly from a successful career as an insurance agency owner. Prior to his entrance to the insurance industry, he taught math at a number of South Dakota middle schools. Mr. Pierson received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Dakota, and his Master of Arts in Teaching from Bowling Green University. He teaches pre-calculus.
Jay Smith '67
An Augustana faculty member for over 30 years, Jay Smith frequently teaches calculus I and calculus II as well as required math courses for elementary education majors. He is an Augustana alumnus, and did his graduate work at University of South Dakota and Montana State University. Jay can frequently be found at Zorbas at Otter Tail Lake in the summer, or at Old Chicago in the winter.
In over twenty years on the mathematics faculty at Augustana, Dr. Sorenson has taught a wide variety of courses in the department, as well January term courses in International Relations and Genealogy Research. His research is in Abstract Algebra. He received his Ph.D. from Kent State University. Dr. Sorenson is an enthusiastic bridge player; he and his wife have spent many an evening in fierce competition with the Smiths.
Marlys Vant Hul '94
Office: GSC 246
Marlys has worked at Augustana for more than twenty-five years. She and her two daughters are Augustana grads. Marlys is also the Science Day Coordinator, which brings about 300 high school junior and senior students to campus every fall for a day of hands-on science experiences. Marlys thoroughly enjoy the students; it is a privilege to be surrounded by the very best college students and watch them grow throughout their four years at Augie. Marlys loves to shop, garden, read and spend time with her grandchildren.