Mathematics and Computer Science Faculty


Terri L. Lenox, Department Chair, Ph.D.


University of Pittsburgh, Professor of Computer Science

Dr. Lenox is currently chair of the departmenty. She works with the Computer Information Systems majors at Westminster and teaches Systems Analysis, Software Engineering, Database Management Systems and Human-Computer Interaction. Dr. Lenox is studying how the internet affects adjustment to college and Web 2.0 technologies.
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James Anthony, M.A.


Penn State University, Visiting Lecturer of Mathematics

Mr. Anthony teaches Calculus, Pre-Calculus, Math Perspectives, and Number Theory. His interests include mathematical art, pebbling, decision theory, computer animation, primality testing, and probability. He is a board game enthusiast and enjoys analyzing games to determine optimal strategies. He also enjoys working with students on research/capstone projects. He has been at Westminster since 2007.
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John P. Bonomo, Ph. D.


Purdue University, Professor of Computer Science

Dr. Bonomo teaches across the Computer Science curriculum and most enjoys teaching the more mathematically intense courses such as Data Structures and Graphics.  He is an active organizer and problem contributor to local and regional programming contests and has been Head Judge for the ACM East Regional Programming Contest since 2000.  He has been a judge and problem contributor for the International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals since 2002, and in 2011 was named Head Judge for the competition.  The competition has taken him to Stockholm, Sweden in April, 2009; Harbin, China in February, 2010; and most recently to St. Petersburg, Russia in June, 2013.
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Carolyn K. Cuff, Ph.D.


Case Western Reserve, Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Cuff works with students interested in constructing mathematical or statistical models for decision making.  Currently she is working with students on the statistical analysis of hazardous waste disposal at Westminster and the chemometrics of frack waste water.   She is active in both the Mathematical Association of America and the American Statistical Association.
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Natacha Fontes-Merz Ph.D.


Kent State, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Fontes-Merz came to Westminster College in 2004 after receiving her Ph.D. in Approximation Theory from Kent State University.  Her favorite branches of mathematics are graph theory and discrete mathematics, and she likes learning about the history of mathematics.  She also enjoys working with students on research projects, solving math puzzles, and doing her own research.  Dr. Fontes-Merz teaches multivariable calculus, real analysis, and other courses.
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David Offner, Ph.D.


Carnegie Mellon University , Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Offner joined the Mathematics and Computer Science Faculty in 2009. His research interests are in combinatorics, graph theory, theoretical computer science, and optimization. Aside from teaching a wide variety of classes, he enjoys mentoring undergraduate researchers and future mathematics educators. He is a Project NExT fellow, and a member of the MAA and AMS.
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Pamela A. Richardson, Ph.D.


University of Virginia, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Richardson teaches liberal arts mathematics, linear algebra, abstract algebra, and other courses. Her research interests are in nonassociative algebra, and in particular, she works with Jordan algebras and superalgebras. She is a puzzle enthusiast and is very interested in game theory and involving students in undergraduate research. Dr. Richardson is an active member of the Mathematical Association of America, is a Project NExT fellow and consultant, and is involved with the Carleton College Summer Mathematics Program for women.  
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C. David Shaffer, Ph.D.


University of Pittsburgh, Associate Professor of Computer Science

Dr. Shaffer teaches Operating Systems, Computer Languages, and the introductory CS courses; he also runs the department UNIX lab. His research interests include object-oriented design principles, finite geometry and parallel computing. He is a robotics hobbyist and enjoys working with students on research projects. In addition, Dr. Shaffer works with student lab assistants for the UNIX Lab and for the CS 151 Lab.
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Warren D. Hickman, Ph.D.


Professor of Mathematics Emeritus
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Barbara T. Faires, Ph.D.


Professor of Mathematics Emerita

After over 33 years of service to the Westminster community, Dr. Faires retired in June, 2009. Dr. Faires is Secretary of the Mathematical Association of America. Her current research is in the area of history of functional analysis, especially the work of Banach. She continues work in the two areas in which she developed cluster courses: (1)architecture and mathematics and (2)mathematics and literature.
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