The faculty members in the mathematics department use their experience both on and off campus.

They are active in professional circles, having attended conferences on such topics as teaching strategies, educational technology, and collaborative learning. These conferences enable the math faculty to bring what they learn back to the classroom at PC, thus providing a direct benefit to their students.

Dr. Brian D. Beasley

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Daniel Professor of Mathematics
B.S., Emory University
M.S., University of North Carolina
Ph.D., University of South Carolina
Joined PC Faculty: 1988

Courses Taught

  • Calculus I, II, and III; Transition to Advanced Mathematics;
  • Linear Algebra; Abstract Algebra I and II; Number Theory;
  • Introduction to Analysis I and II; Senior Capstone in Mathematics

Student Honors Projects

  • Allison Diana – Cryptography and Coding Theory
  • Heather Cheatum – Primes and Algebraic Number Theory
  • Catherine Burch – Algebraic Cryptosystems Based on Factoring and Discrete Logarithms
  • Olivia Hightower – Expressing Integers as Sums of Powers: The Famous Waring’s Problem and Beyond
  • Wilson Harvey – The Abundancy Index and the Search for Odd Perfect Numbers

Professional Interests

  • Number Theory
  • History of Mathematics
  • Problems Sections in Mathematical Journals

Professional Organizations

  • Mathematical Association of America (member since 1989)
  • Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences (member since 2007)

Dr. Douglas S. Daniel

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Associate Professor of Mathematics
B.S., College of William and Mary
M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology
Ph. D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Courses taught

  • Trigonometry
  • Finite Math
  • Calculus I–III
  • Transition to Advanced Math
  • Linear Algebra
  • Modern College Geometry
  • Freshman Seminar

Professional Interests

  • My dissertation was on Harmonic Analysis.
  • I also enjoy art and architecture and how they relate to math.

Personal Interests

  • Music, music, and music
  • College football
  • Art and architecture
  • Reading
  • Watching TV
  • Hiking
  • Boating
  • Traveling
  • The UK

Dr. Gregory D. Goeckel

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Professor of Mathematics
B.S., Marymount College of Kansas
M.S., Ph.D. Kansas State University

Courses Taught

  • College Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Calculus I–IV
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Calculus for the Social and Biological Sciences
  • Transition to Advanced Mathematics
  • Complex Variables
  • Linear Algebra
  • Mathematical Statistics
  • Numerical Methods
  • Differential Equations.
  • Freshman Seminar: Critically Puzzle

Dr. C. Clinton Harshaw, Chair

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Professor of Mathematics and Department Chair
B.S., Newberry College
M.S., Clemson University
Ph.D., University of South Carolina
Joined Presbyterian College: 2002

Courses Taught

  • Discrete and Continuous Probability Theory
  • Calculus I, II, IV
  • Applied Statistics
  • Applied Calculus

Professional Interests

  • Data Analysis
  • Nonparametric Statistical Methods
  • Resampling Methods
  • Regression Diagnostics
  • Epidemiological Methods
  • Cluster Detection
  • Mathematics Education
  • Statistics Education
  • Open Source Software

Dr. Kara L. Shavo


Associate Professor of Mathematics
B.Ed., The University of Toledo
M.S., Michigan State University
Ph.D., The University of South Carolina

Courses Taught

  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Abstract Algebra
  • Analysis
  • Linear Algebra
  • Transition to Advanced Mathematics
  • Differential Equations
  • Calculus I–III
  • Mathematics for Teachers
  • Finite Mathematics
  • Trigonometry
  • College Algebra

Professional Interests

  • Graph Theory
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Elementary School Mathematics

Personal Interests

  • Sewing
  • Movies
  • Music
  • Tennis
  • And, of course, parenting my four young daughters