Math Department Faculty

Syvillia Averett

Associate Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D. Mathematics, University of Iowa

Phone number: (912) 279-4577
email address: saverett at

Interests: Representation Theory, Mathematics Education, Mentorship, and Student Development

Jamie Berrie

Lecturer of Mathematics

M.S. Applied Mathematics, Western Carolina University

Phone number: (912) 279-5932
email address: jberrie at


Tanya Cofer, Department Chair

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Ph.D. Mathematics, University of Georgia

Phone number: (912) 279-5923
email address: tcofer at

Interests: Data Analytics, Geometric Topology, Combinatorial Topology, Combinatorial Algebra, Recreational Mathematics, K-12 Mathematics Education and Undergraduate Mathematics Education

Thomas Hippchen

Lecturer of Mathematics

M.S. Discrete Mathematics, Georgia State University

Phone number: (912) 279-5855
email address: thippchen at


James Holt

Lecturer of Mathematics

M.Ed. Mathematics Education, Armstrong State College

Phone number: (912) 279-5967
email address: jholt at

Interests: Competitive Trivia, High School and College Debate and Speech Competitions, Uses of Probability on Blackjack, Mathematics Education

José Lugo

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Ph.D. Mathematics, Purdue University

Phone Number: (912) 279-5926
email address: jlugo at

Interests: Data Science, Operator algebras, C*-Algebras, Topological Groups, Mathematics Education

Laura Lynch, Assistant Vice President For Faculty Affairs

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Ph.D. Mathematics, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Phone number: (912) 279-4548
email address: llynch at

Interests: Local Cohomology, Commutative Algebra, Homological Algebra, Mathematics Education, Service-Learning, Teaching and Learning

Courtenay Miller

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction and Mathematics Education

Phone number: (912) 279-5952
email address: cmiller at

Interests: STEM Outreach, Teaching and Learning, Service-Learning, and Community Service

Cailin Noble

Lecturer of Mathematics

M.A. Mathematics Education, University of Central Arkansas

Phone number: (912) 279-5900
email address: cnoble at


German Vargas, Assistant Vice President For Academic Student Engagement

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Ph.D. Applied Mathematics, Wichita State University
M.S. Mathematics, Wichita State University
B.S. Physics, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Phone Number: (912) 279-5918
email address: gvargas at

Interests: Computational Fluid Dynamics, Mathematical Modeling, Partial Differential Equations, Numerical Analysis

Aaron Yeager

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

PhD. Mathematics, Oklahoma State University
M.S. Applied Mathematics and M.S. in Pure Mathematics, University of Missouri

Phone Number: (912) 279-5967
email address: ayeager at

Interests: Random Polynomials, Orthogonal Polynomials, Asymptotic Analysis, Potential Theory, Number Theory, and Mathematics Education.

Renren Zhao

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Ph.D. Mathematics, University of Missouri Rolla

Phone number: (912) 279-5961
email address: rzhao at

Interests: SaddlePoint Approximation, Equivalence Test, Actuarial Science, Machine Learning, Mathematics Education

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