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Kenneth Wantz, Ph.D.

Professor, Natural Science and Mathematics

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Delaware
  • M.S., University of Delaware
  • B.S., Eastern Nazarene College

Classes Taught

  • Calculus
  • College Algebra
  • Differential Equations
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Geometry
  • History of Mathematics
  • Linear Algebra
  • Abstract Algebra
  • Number Theory
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Real Analysis

Research Interests

Finite projective geometry, which relies on tools from discrete mathematics and abstract algebra. The interface of geometry with coding theory and cryptography.

Teaching Philosophy

In the classroom, clarity and the resulting student understanding are the goals that I must achieve. First, I seek to establish the setting and continually view the current topic in light of previous material and experiences. The aim is for all relevant material to be displayed explicitly and arranged in an organized fashion. Above all, I strive to convey to my students that their grasp of this material is the primary focus of the class period and to communicate a sincere desire that they successfully acquire this knowledge. This lays the foundation for Christian faith integration. It offers an atmosphere of respect and encouragement in a setting that is often the scene of emotional, even spiritual, crisis. In teaching mathematics from a Christian worldview, I focus on the nature of God in terms of order and structure, as well as His creativity and variety. This includes the physical realm in which His nature is revealed in the patterns in His handiwork. Another prominent emphasis is the conceptual realm in which He is amplified through the clarity of pristine logic or the mysteries of infinity. By my excitement and expertise in the processes of both application and abstraction, I strive to impart the joy and fulfillment that I have found in mastering mathematical material. It is a pleasure to work closely with students as a teacher and mentor and to see them prepared to use analytical skills to change the world through vocation and ministry.

Biography

Dr. Wantz is a proud native of the state of Maryland and admires its state flag above all others. After a brief career in automotive mechanics and machining, he majored in Mathematics and minored in Engineering Physics at Eastern Nazarene College, a CCCU institution near Boston, MA. Empowered by God's grace and an excellent advisor, he earned a doctorate in Mathematics at the University of Delaware. Dr. Wantz has taught mathematics full-time at a public institution in West Virginia and a Christian university in Oklahoma. In 2009, he took on the exciting challenge of inaugurating the Mathematics program at Regent University.

Dr. Wantz resides in Chesapeake, VA with his wife and two children, a daughter and a son, all of whom are excellent scholars. His interests include automotive repair, gardening, horseshoes, and Rubik's cubes.

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