Math & Computer Science

Therese Shelton

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Areas of expertise

Mathematical Modeling, especially with Differential Equations and especially as related to biological systems

Technology as a pedagogical tool

Dynamical Systems; Functional Analysis

Assessment of Student Learning and of Math Programs


PhD, MS, Clemson University 1987
BS, Texas A&M University 1982


Associate Professor
Southwestern University
May 01, 1994 - present

Chair, Natural Sciences Division
July 03, 2010 - June 01, 2011

Chair, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

July 01, 2002 - June 01, 2007

Assistant Professor

August 01, 1987 - May 01, 1994

Teaching Philosophy

Mathematics is a language which allows one to examine and express phenomena from our world as well as in a wider context. Students who wish to learn math can be guided effectively especially through examples, often aided by technology.

Previous Courses

Calculus I, II, III; Probability and Mathematical Statistics, Introduction to Statistics, Differential Equations I, II; Senior Seminar in Mathematical Modeling. Less recently Linear Algebra, Algebraic Structures I and II, Mathematical Concepts, Introduction to Computing, Business Calculus.

Professional Work

Seminars & Presentations

Some recent scholarly works:


poster:   "Injections of IBL,"  Legacy of RL Moore / IBL Conference Jun 15, Austin, TX.

Invited NExT panelist to discuss “Explorations into Preparing a Successful Tenure Portfolio” Aug 15, Washington, D.C. 

with Dr. A. Marr:  "Working to Improve Student Success in Calculus I Through Pre-calculus Support"  Jan 15, JMM, San Antonio, TX.

"POGIL Flu for Calculus: Influenza Data to Help Students Investigate Antiderivatives, Accumulations, and FTC."  Jan 15, JMM, San Antonio, TX.

under revision:  " Improvements in Student Writing and Math in a Modeling Capstone" PRIMUS, Peer-reviewed.

"Ensuring Engagement in Math Research", contributed presentation  Aug 14, MathFest, Portland, OR.

Kyle CH, Plantz AL, Shelton T, Burks RL (2013) Count Your Eggs Before They Invade: Identifying and Quantifying Egg Clutches of Two Invasive Apple Snail Species (Pomacea). PLoS ONE 8(10): e77736. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0077736.  Peer-reviewed publication.

"Darth Vader, Zucchini and More in Multivariate Calculus", contributed presentation  Apr 13, TxMAA, Lubbock. 

"Building and Feeling Confidence Intervals", contributed presentation, JMM 13, San Diego, CA.

"Writing Math from Intro Stat to Capstone", contributed paper, MathFest 11, Lexington, KY. 

"Visualizing an Accumulation Function", contributed paper, MathFest 09, Portland, OR. 

"Visual Parametric Functions", contributed paper, ICTCM Mar 08, San Antonio, TX.

"Parametric Functions in a Flash", JMM 08, San Diego, CA. 

"Simulating Simple Disease or Rumor Spread", presentation  Apr 07, TX MAA, Edinburg. 

"Assessing the Undergraduate Mathematics Program", Assessment Conference TAMU; peer-reviewed presentation (75% acceptance rate)  Feb 07, College Station, TX.

"From Pre-tests to Capstones" JMM Jan 07   New Orleans, LA. Contributed Paper.

"Modeling Rumors at Mouthwestern" Invited student presentation , PiMuEpsilon induction ceremony,  Southwestern University, Apr 06.

"Assessing the Math Program", Invited TAAAMS presentation  Apr 06, Wichita Falls, TX. 

"A Model of Rumors ", Invited student presentation  Feb 06, Mary-Hardin Baylor,  Belton, TX.

"Using the CUPM Guide", Invited panel presentation  JMM 05, Atlanta, GA. 

"A Disease Simulation" Invited presentation , National Math Awareness  Month 04, Prairie View A&M, Prairie View, TX.

"Animations Make Mathematics Come Alive" MathFest 03, Boulder, CO. 

"Mathematics and Art" Invited presentation, Prairie View A&M, National Math Awareness Month 03, Prairie View, TX.

"Sweet Fruits of Success in Preparing Student Talks", co-author Cameron Sawyer. JMM 03, Baltimore, MD.

"Math Modeling Activities for a Variety of Undergraduate Courses" JMM 03, Baltimore, MD.

"Introduction to Mathematica" Invited presentation to GISD's high school mathematics teachers for their Continuing Education credit, Aug 02.

"Multivariate Calculus Projects" extended Session ICTCM 01, Baltimore, MD. 

"A Capstone in Math Modeling" TX MAA 01, Clear Lake City


Honors & Awards

Texas Section of the Mathematical Association of America: Ron Barnes Distinguished Service to Students Award 2015

Southwestern University Nominated for SU Teaching Award  * 2013-14          * 2012-13          * 2010-11

Groups & Affiliations

Professional:  American Mathematical Society, Association of Women in Mathematics, Mathematical Association of America, Texas Association of Academic Administrators of Mathematical Sciences.

Southwestern Univ Community:  Natural Sciences Division Chair, Catholic Student Association co-webmaster

General Community:  St. Helen's Catholic Church, Partners In Education including the Business Link Program, PTSA, Girl Scouts



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