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Dr. Donald T. Ethington:

Chair, Department of Mathematics; Professor of Mathematics
Office: Danville Hall 105 B
Phone: 434-791-5725

Dr. Ethington enjoys the brilliant, beautiful, and challenging ideas one encounters in mathematics on a daily basis and he enjoys working with the many wonderful students at Averett, helping them mature into young mathematicians who are able to learn on their own by the time they graduate. He believes that one learns mathematics by doing mathematics on a regular basis. He gives students ample opportunity to show what they know. Click for full Bio





Steve Lemery

Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science
Office: Frith Hall 424
Phone: 434-791-5724

"I know I'm a geek,” says Professor Steve Lemery, but he can't help it. It began with a pencil in the fifth grade. "When I was in elementary school, I won a pencil prize for reciting prime numbers up to 100. I've been a math geek ever since."

He also realizes that people like him (yes, "geeks") often prefer to be on their own, and he helps get his students past that. "I have my students work in small groups, specifically to avoid falling into the natural isolation tendency of the discipline. I have them go to the board often to explain things, basically making informal presentations. Eventually, some do honors presentations in math." Click for full Bio




Susan E. Osborne

Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Office: Davenport 105B 
Phone: 434-791-5708

Mrs. Osborne is always seeking new tools for her toolbox. Not hammers, pliers and other physical tools, but mathematical principles and concepts. These tools are problem solving tools that can be applied in businesses and industries of all types. What can these mathematical tools do?  They can allow a superstore to set lower prices than any other store, determine the best possible location for a new fire station, or design a box that holds a specific volume but uses the least material.  They can schedule workers for a set of tasks, determine the best design for waiting lines in a bank, improve the quality of products through quality control and much more. Click for full Bio



Ms. Tonja Motley Locklear

Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Office: Frith Hall 423
Phone: 434-791-4285

“One nice thing about Averett,” says Dr. Tonja Locklear, “is that when I was a student here, we could walk down the street or through the halls, and everyone called you by name. Even the faculty. And that’s still the way it is today.”

She explains that after high school, she could have attended a large state school, but she’s very glad that she chose Averett: “There is no doubt that I would have gotten lost in a large setting. Averett gives students a small community, a hometown feel with personal attention and a real support system.” Click for full Bio




Dr. Gary Tucker

Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science; Global Information Assurance Certified (GIAC) Incident Handler (computer security)
Office: Main Hall
Phone: 434-791-5709

America landed a man on the moon and created "Star Trek." Those two things were more than enough to get Dr. Gary Tucker interested in science when he was just a boy.

He went to K-Mart when he was in middle school, and he found chemistry books for $1. He bought and devoured those. Then he found they had books on mathematics and calculus. Completed both of them. When he got to high school, he took a geometry class. Guess what book he found at home — yes, geometry. Click for full Bio