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Mathematics and Computer Science

Steven Bourquin


Faculty Title

Chair and Associate Professor

Faculty Department

Mathematics & Computer Science


At Louisville High School in Ohio I was selected by the associated press as a second team all Ohio defensive back in football. I attended Edinboro University of Pennsylvania on a football scholarship, but after 2 seasons I transferred to Ohio University to pursue a degree in Engineering. I obtained the following degrees from Ohio University in Athens: 1. BS, Electrical and Computer Engineering 2. MS, Mathematics (over 90 graduate hours) 3. Ph.D., Administration in Higher Education I worked as an Assistant Professor in Mathematics for 5 years at the eastern Campus of Ohio University. In 2003, I accepted the position at UNCP as an Assistant Professor in Mathematics. I was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor on August 15, 2007. In addition I was appointed by the Provost to be the Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science in June of 2007.

What have you learned while teaching at UNCP?

I am fortunate to be a part of a University where teaching is rewarded and "learning gets personal"

What do students like best about your class?

Students often comment about the excitement in my voice when a student understands an abstract topic in mathematics. They are pleased to see that I am passionate about teaching mathematics!

Additional Comments

The faculty and staff do an excellent job in assisting all students in and out of the classroom.

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Department History

Mathematics Department

By 1938, three year diplomas were being awarded by the college. By 1940, a fourth year had been added and the first class to graduate at Pembroke State University was in 1940. Three students studying mathematics were among those from the Class of 1940:

  • Mr. Dorsey V. Lowry, Major: Science, Mathematics, and History
  • Mr. Conard Oxendine, Major: Science and Mathematics
  • Mr. Joseph Sampson, Major: History and Mathematics

Mathematics and Computer Science Department

The first Computer Science course at Pembroke State University was offered in 1969. By 1979, a Computer Science track had been developled and approved. In 1982, the Mathematics Department was renamed the Mathematics and Computer Science Department. And a B.S. in Computer Science was offered beginning in 1986.

Mathematics Education

In 1985 Pembroke State University became the second school in the state to offer a Master's Degree in Mathematics Education.

Department Chairs

Dr. Steve Bourquin

Dr. Steven Bourquin has served as Chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department from 2007 through 2011 and since 2012.

B.S.E.E., M.S. and Ph.D.
Ohio University



Dr. Charles Lillie

Dr. Charles Lillie served as Chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department from 2011 through 2012.

B.S. in Electrical Engineering
University of Southwestern Louisiana
M.B.A. in Management
Florida State University
Ph.D. in Computer Engineering
University of Southwestern Louisiana

Dr. William Campbell

Dr. William Campbell served as Chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department from 2002 through 2007.

B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Mathematics
University of Alabama



Dr. Gilbert L. Sampson

Dr. Gilbert L. Sampson served as Chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department from 1982 through 2002.

B.S. in Mathematics
Pembroke State College
M.A. in Mathematics
University of Arkansas
Ph.D. in Mathematics
New York University

Dr. Charles Bass

Dr. Charles Bass served from 1980 through 1983.

B.S. and B.A. in Mathematics and German
Carson-Newman College
Ph.D. in Mathematics
University of Tennessee


Dr. James R. Krabill

Dr. James R. Krabill served from 1973 through 1980. He also served as the Director of the Computer Center.

B.A. in Mathematics
Miami University
M.A. and Ph.D. in Mathematics
Duke University


Dr. Henry Tramer

Dr. Henry Tramer served from 1970 through 1973.

B.S. in Physics
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
M.S. in Mathematics
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Ph.D. in Mathematics
John Hopkins University

James A. Jacobs

James A. Jacobs served from 1939 to 1942 as registrar and Chairman. After serving in World War II , he returned to the University in 1945 and resumed his duties as Chair until 1970.

B.S. in Mathematics and Physics
Murray State University
M.ED. in Education
Duke University


Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) Degree Program

Mission Statement: Master of Arts in Education (M.A.ED.) Degree

The graduate Mathematics Education program at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke is designed to provide an opportunity for teachers of mathematics in the public schools to extend their ongoing professional development in mathematics. The graduate program nurtures the development of teachers who desire to increase their knowledge in mathematics, to keep abreast of the current trends, curricula and instructional design, and to learn new methods of student and program evaluation. Administratively, the program is housed in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science in the Oxendine Science Building. Governed by the Teacher Education Committee and the Graduate Council, the Mathematics Education graduate program is guided by an advisory committee comprised of representatives from the department of Mathematics and Computer Science faculty, the School of Education, public school teachers and administrators, graduates, and current candidates. Dr. William Truman coordinates the graduate program.

Program Philosophy

  1. In order to be an effective teacher of mathematics the student should have a solid foundation in mathematics content. The mathematics content courses selected for our program were chosen to be those that relate to the content of the present or anticipated future content of secondary mathematics curriculum.
  2. The program is designed to extend the student's knowledge in how mathematics programs are developed, taught, maintained and evaluated. Our undergraduate major's focus is on becoming effective teachers of mathematics; our desire for our graduate students is to become effective leaders of their local learning environments.
  3. In order to become more effective teachers, the students must be aware of the issues affecting mathematics instruction nationwide. They should be aware of the standards and principles on the teaching, learning and evaluating of mathematics which are advocated by the various professional organizations. They should be aware of and participate in research associated with mathematics instruction.

Rationale for Offering the Program

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke is committed to the ongoing professional development of career teachers in regional PK-12 public schools. Individuals completing the graduate Mathematics Education program who hold an "A" license to teach in North Carolina are recommended for the "M" license. Nationally, there has been a critical need for certified mathematics instructors for decades.

Goals and Objectives

  1. To provide students with a solid foundation and understanding of mathematics.
  2. To enable students through study to appreciate both the aesthetic and practical aspects of mathematics.
  3. To provide experiences that will help students see that they will need to have a variety of teaching and learning strategies available at all times.
  4. To provide students with current theories regarding the psychological development of the learner, and an understanding of human dynamics found in the home, the school, and the community.
  5. To demonstrate methods of evaluating student learning, textbooks, curriculum, educational techniques, and the educational process as a whole.
  6. To prepare students to deal with a diverse population that have a broad spectrum of needs, aspirations, and expectations for themselves and others.
  7. To provide a consideration of societal needs that are satisfied by applications of and careers based on mathematics and technology.
  8. To stress the importance to a teaching professional of keeping abreast of current trends in mathematics education through the reading of professional journals and participation in mathematics workshops, institutes, conferences, professional meetings, and in-service programs.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree Program

Mission Statement: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree

The mission of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, as determined by its commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and service, is to maintain an academic environment that:

  1. Provides quality academic programs that encourage student interaction with faculty and that encourage students to perform with distinction within and beyond the University.
  2. Provides faculty with opportunities, resources, and rewards to achieve excellence in teaching, research and service to the University, to the profession, and to the community.
  3. Enhances and enriches the intellectual, economic, and social/cultural life of the region.
  4. Assists graduate students as they develop from competent mathematics educators into leaders in the decision making processes that are critical to mathematical education.

Departmental Goals

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science strives to achieve a reasonable balance between the intellectual and practical issues which permeate these two fields and to help students in engaging in a process of lifelong learning for future endeavors. It is our intent that students, both majors and non-majors, be equipped with ideas and tools which afford them support for the challenges they will encounter in ever-changing vocational and professional worlds. The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science is committed to the following goals:

  1. To maintain an environment that is conducive to student learning and growth both during and after the university experience
  2. To ensure quality and up-to-date academic programs in mathematics and computer science while emphasizing student interaction with faculty
  3. To ensure learning opportunities in the Liberal Arts with mathematics and computer science as support for a wide range of present and future vocations
  4. To encourage meaningful faculty growth in teaching and research
  5. To provide and support activities and state-of-the-art facilities designed to enrich the educational experiences of our students
  6. To participate in conserving the rich cultural heritage of this university as well as that of the surrounding region
  7. To assist our graduate students in assuming leadership positions as mathematics educators

Student Awards

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science presents the following student awards annually:

The College of Arts and Sciences presents the following student award:



The James A. Jacobs Senior Award is presented annually to an outstanding graduating senior majoring in either Mathematics or Computer Science.

Here are the recent award recipients:

2012 - 2013 Heidi Dingwell and Christopher Bowen 
2011 - 2012 Mariela Carter 
2010 - 2011 Sarah Weatherman
2009 - 2010 Christoper Moore 
2008 - 2009 Bradley Eidschun and Elizabeth Monroe
2007 - 2008 Joseph Lemanski
2006 - 2007 Matthan Easterlin
2005 - 2006 Michael Zindros
2004 - 2005 Lydia Manahan
2003 - 2004 Eric Cuffe
2002 - 2003 Brian Young
2001 - 2002 James Nichols
2000 - 2001 Melissa Jones 
1999 - 2000 Donna Norris 
1998 - 1999 Roque Hernandez 
1997 - 1998 Jennifer Kellihan 
1996 - 1997 Melissa Hooker


The Undergraduate Mathematics Award is presented annually to an outstanding student majoring in either Mathematics or Mathematics Education, who is not graduating in the current semester and who has completed or is currently enrolled in Calculus II (MAT 2220).

Here are the recent award recipients:

2012 - 2013 Lindora Baker
2011 - 2012 Heidi Dingwell
2010 - 2011 Mariela Carter 
2009 - 2010 Mariela Carter
2008 - 2009 Matthew Walsh
2007 - 2008 William Mc Pherson
2006 - 2007 Bradley Eidschun
2005 - 2006 Joseph Lemanski
2004 - 2005 Michael Zindros
2003 - 2004 Nicky Hobbs
2002 - 2003 Eric Cuffe
2001 - 2002 Eric Cuffe
1999 - 2000 Rebecca Ellis
1998 - 1999 Rebecca Ellis
1997 - 1998 Aimee Kaukola
1996 - 1997 Jennifer Kellihan


The Undergraduate Computer Science Award is presented annually to an outstanding student majoring in Computer Science, who is not graduating in the current semester and who has completed or is currently enrolled in Object Oriented Programming (CSC 1850).

Here are the recent award recipients:

2012 - 2013 Dillon Lees
2011 - 2012 Johnathan Corbett
2010 - 2011 Michael Williams 
2009 - 2010 Chris Concepcion and Sarah Weatherman
2008 - 2009 Jeffrey Cook
2007 - 2008 Bradley Eidschun
2006 - 2007 Joseph Lemanski
2005 - 2006 Jonathan Slottje
2004 - 2005 Michael Zindros
2003 - 2004 Rabin Aryal
2002 - 2003 Natividad Medina
2001 - 2002 Jody Rendel
2000 - 2001 LaShauna Deese 
1999 - 2000 James Nichols 
1998 - 1999 Dana Benson 
1997 - 1998 Michael Wiles 
1996 - 1997 Roque Hernandez


The Claude W. Berry Jr. Endowed Memorial Scholarship Award is presented annually to an outstanding student majoring in either Mathematics or Computer Science, who is a resident of Robeson County. Mr. Claude W. Berry Jr. was a long time mathematics instructor at UNCP (then PSU). The award is made possible by Mr. Berry's family.

Here are the recent award recipients:

2012 - 2013 Ricky Windom
2010 - 2011 Joeseph Kenney 
2007 - 2008 Latoya Roberts 
2006 - 2007 Kellan Reese 
2004 - 2005 Tabitha Locklear 
2002 - 2003 Sunny Gentry 
2001 - 2002 LaShauna Deese 
2000 - 2001 Melissa Rich 
1998 - 1999 Aimee Kaukola
1996 - 1997 Laronda Locklear


The Undergraduate Information Technology Award is presented annually to an outstanding student majoring in Information Technology, who is not graduating in the current semester.

Here are the recent award recipients:

2012 - 2013 Lewis Whitley
2011 - 2012 Christopher Lowery
2010 - 2011 Ashley A. Smith 
2009 - 2010 Ashley A. Smith


The College of Arts and Sciences James Porter Math and Environmental Science Scholarship Award is presented to an outstanding student majoring in Mathematics, Computer Science, Environmental Science, or Life Sciences. The award is made possible by Mr. Porter's family.

Here are the recent award recipients:

2012 - 2013 Lindora Baker
2011 - 2012 Christopher Lowery


Mathematics Contest

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke Department of Mathematics and Computer Science organizes an annual Mathematics Contest for area students. The contest provides competitions in three areas: Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry. The contest is held in the Givens Performing Arts Center on our campus.

The 32nd Annual UNCP Mathematics Contest will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2013. The contest will provide competitions in the three areas mentioned above. Winners and Honorable Mentions have the opportunity to compete in the State Competition listed at the bottom of the page. Various door prizes sponsored by the department will also be available. Come out and have some fun!!!

Please read the contest rules and frequently asked questions.

If changes need to be made after registration has been submitted, please e-mail Sarah Weatherman at sarah.weatherman@uncp.edu.

Schedule of Events for March 21, 2013

Subject to change


Check-In at the Givens Performing Art Center (GPAC)


Student Testing (GPAC)


Lunch (either on or off campus), Campus Visitation, etc.


Awards Ceremony (GPAC)


For further information, visit the following links:

For more information, contact Sarah Weatherman at sarah.weatherman@uncp.edu or call 910.775.4157.

Tutor Schedule

Tutoring Schedule

Tutoring for Fall 2014 will start August 25th, 2014 and run until December 5th, 2014. Tutoring is offered on a drop-in basis.

Computer science tutoring will be held in Oxendine 1202. Math tutoring will be held in both Oxendine 1202 and Oxendine 1108 at different times, please see below for details.

Math Tutoring

Math Tutoring is offered for all courses up to Calculus 2. Please ask individual tutors about help in higher level courses.


8:00 – 11:00 (SCI 1202)

9:00 – 11:00 (SCI 1202)

1:00 – 3:00 (SCI 1202)


No Tutoring


8:00 – 11:00 (SCI 1202)

1:00 – 2:30 (SCI 1202)


3:30 – 5:30 (SCI 1202)


8:00 – 11:00 (SCI 1202)

1:00 – 3:00 (SCI 1202)


Computer Science & Information Technology Tutoring

Tutoring is available for Linux, Java, and C++. Please see individual tutors for other course availability.

 Schedules coming soon.

If you have any questions about tutoring, please see your Instructor or contact Sarah Weatherman in Oxendine 1232 or at 910.775.4157.

Graduate Handbook

Graduate Handbook

Welcome to the Mathematics Graduate Program Handbook. For more information about the program, select the appropriate link below.

  • UNCP School of Graduate Studies
  • Mission Statement
  • Graduate Faculty
  • UNCP Master of Arts in Mathematics Education Overview
  • Master of Arts in Mathematics Education section of the UNCP Catalog contains Program Description, Program Goals, Program of Study, and Course Descriptions.
  • Program Standards are adopted from the NCDPI Standards for Graduate Studies.
  • Program Policies (From the School of Graduate Studies Graduate Student Handbook)
  • Program Orientation Information
    • New graduate students should attend the New Graduate Student Orientation, which the Graduate School schedules for the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. The program director will meet with new students at this orientation to discuss specific policies and procedures.
  • UNCP Graduate Candidate Assessment System (PDF - requires Adobe Reader) will describe Program Progress. The following are used in the assessment process:
  • The Major Products of Learning are displayed in the Rubric for Portfolio Evaluations (PDF).
  • Program Quality
    • The evaluation of program quality is an ongoing process that relies on personal interviews and formal surveys. The program director meets with every candidate each semester to discuss matriculation and other needs or concerns the student may have regarding the program. Furthermore, the program director uses the formal midpoint evaluation interview to discuss with individual candidates the level of their program satisfaction. Candidates complete formal surveys for each graduate course they complete as well as a formal survey upon completion of the program. These interviews and surveys are monitored by the program director and the School of Graduate Studies and used to improve program quality.


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