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Dept. of Mathematics - Faculty

Thomas H. Whitaker Thomas H. Whitaker
Associate Professor of Mathematics

Chairman of the Department of
Mathematics and Physical Science

Director of the Chowan University Honors College

"I really enjoy how the small class sizes at Chowan allow me to get to know my students and work with them one-on-one."

He came to work at Chowan University in 2002.


  • Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences from Clemson University
  • M.S. degree in Applied Mathematics from Western Carolina University
  • B.S. degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from
    Garner-Webb University  

Courses Taught:

  • Mathematics for Liberal Arts Students
  • Precalculus
  • Calculus
  • Linear Algebra
  • Foundations of Mathematics

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James P. Truesdell James P. Truesdell
Instructor of Mathematics

"The crudest of carbon always yields the best of diamond."

He came to work with Chowan in 2005.


  • Master’s degree in Mathematics Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo
  • B.A. degree in Mathematics  

Courses Taught:

  • Basic Applied Mathematics
  • College Algebra
  • Mathematical Probability and Statistics
  • Basic Concepts of Mathematics

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Mukta Bhandari Mukta B. Bhandari
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Mathematics and Physical Science

"My passion of teaching drove me to come to work at Chowan University in August 2010. I enjoy the great teaching environment, friendly faculty members and staff, and small class sizes of this university."


  • Master’s Degree in Mathematics, Tribhuvan University, Nepal.
  • ICTP Diploma in Mathematics, International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Italy.
  • M.S. in Mathematics (in 2005) and Ph.D. in Mathematics (in 2010), Kansas State University, USA.  

Courses Taught:

  • Calculus
  • College Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Differential Equations
  • Linear Algebra
  • Applied Mathematics


  • Karl Stromberg Outstanding GTA Teaching Award 2009, Department of Mathematics, Kansas State University.
  • University Chancellor Medal, Tribhuvan University, Nepal.

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