Biography

Lisa

Master of Science, 2015
Computational Mathematics
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

Teacher Certification, 2012
Mathematics 7-12
Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, PA

Bachelor of Science, 1994
Scientific and Technical Communication
Bowling Green State University,
Bowling Green, OH

My Career Goals

My professional goal brings together expertise and enthusiasm for mathematics, my desire to foster in others an understanding of and appreciation for subjects that inspire me, and my conviction to engage in work that is valuable to society. Currently, I teach Business Statistics classes as an Adjunct Professor in Duquesne’s School of Business. I am interested in a change to full-time teaching or additional part-time teaching to supplement my work at Duquesne.

I bring a set of core teaching, communication, and programming skills as well as professionalism, dedication, and perseverance to everything I do. I am an enthusiastic, independent learner and worker who values constructive criticism and welcomes opportunities to collaborate with peers. I gravitate toward intellectual challenges and am prone to try new approaches or techniques in my work. Thank you for taking the time to evaluate my qualifications. Feel free to contact me at the phone number or email above if you have a need for someone with my skills. I look forward to hearing from you.

My Education and Experience

I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Scientific and Technical Communication from Bowling Green State University. After taking one required computer science class, I quickly made computer science my area of specialization along with mathematics. As a technical writer and editor of user manuals for both the software and electrical engineering industries, my experience includes writing and editing quality, usable, and technically accurate documentation using communication and organizational skills, attention to detail, and fact-checking. Engaging in these tasks required collaboration with development teams to understand and communicate technical concepts to the target audience.

After leaving the work force to raise a family, I enrolled in correspondence courses and engaged myself in independent study to learn web programming. For the past 12 years, I have used web design as an outlet for exploring and practicing programming techniques. The availability of development resources has enabled me to run a small web design business. My work as a volunteer web designer for the Western Pennsylvania Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators introduced me to several authors who hired me to create websites to promote their books and programs. I worked closely with these clients to edit, organize, and present their information effectively. My web design skills include HTML, CSS, JavaScript, XML, XSLT, PHP, and image editing with Photoshop.

In addition to designing websites, I also explored other types of professional writing. After taking a persuasive writing class at the University of Pittsburgh in 2006, I volunteered to create brochures, business cards, posters, correspondence, and feature articles for a nonprofit organization.

In 2012, I earned a PA State Teaching Certificate in 7-12 Mathematics from Robert Morris University. Throughout my life and college years, I have found it intellectually rewarding to challenge myself and expand my understanding of high-level mathematics. A certificate in mathematics education would also enable me to teach computer science in high school. These are subjects that I am passionate about learning and teaching. I find it fulfilling to help students explore the larger ideas behind the routine steps and procedures. My goal in obtaining a teaching certificate was to explore teaching high school and to acquire teaching skills that were transferable to the college setting.

In 2015, I earned my Master of Science degree in Computational Mathematics from Duquesne University. This program formalized and expanded my computer science training to include database management systems with SQL, server-side programming with JSP, software engineering with Java, and business intelligence with Microsoft SQL Server, specifically SSIS, SSAS, DQS. My software engineering team developed a Java application, Dictation Tutor. This program engaged prospective United States citizens in practice exercises and simulation tests to help them prepare for the written citizenship exam. My role on the project was to develop the user interface using Netbeans and Java Swing.

In addition to courses in computer science, the CPMA program included courses in statistics and probability, subjects that were not interests of mine prior to the program. I discovered a strong interest in these areas through the core curriculum, which included courses in applied probability, statistical inference, linear models, and experimental design. I finished my degree with a solid foundation in data science- and statistics-related courses. I continue to refine and extend my statistical knowledge as an Adjunct Professor of Business Statistics in Duquesne’s School of Business.