|Dr. W. H. Howland|
Department of Mathematics
Allen Military Academy (1966), B.A. Texas A&M University (1971), M.S. Sam Houston State University (1986), Ed.D. Texas Tech University (1991)
THE UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS (1991 - present), TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY (1986-1991), SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY (1984-1986), TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS (1983-1986), GERBER SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY (1981-82), O.I. CORPORATION (1976-81), SANDVIK CONVEYOR, INC. (1974-76), INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER COMPANY (1972-74)
All undergraduate mathematics courses; selected graduate courses for prospective math teachers
Instructional effectiveness, math anxiety, transfinite arithmetic
Dr. Howland grew up in Irving (home of the Dallas Cowboys) and on a ranch in Red River county. He attended Allen Military Academy and Texas A&M University. He left A&M with a degree in Philosophy and Mathematics. After active duty, he remained in the Texas National Guard (71st Airborne Brigade) while beginning a career in industry. During that career, he began to teach a few night classes as a favor to a friend. After several years, he left his day job and returned to graduate school (at 36!).
He earned a Master’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science at Sam Houston State and an Ed.D. in Higher Education and Mathematics from Texas Tech. (At both schools, he had the distinction of being the only graduate student in the Math Department who had teenagers at home.) His dissertation, entitled “The Comparative Effectiveness of Remediation Programs in Post-Secondary Mathematics”, spurred a restructuring of the remedial math programs at Texas Tech and was awarded an Honorable Mention by the American Association for Higher Education.
At UST since earning his doctorate in 1991, Dr. Howland has taught “almost every Math course in the catalog”. He has also taught graduate education courses for high school math teachers. He served as a first-year advisor for 10 years and also coordinated UST’s highly successful Dual-Degree Engineering Program with Texas A&M and Notre Dame. In addition, he was the founding director of the UST Reagan Summer Academy and taught logic and trigonometry to its students for many summers. He volunteers two afternoons each week at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in the Texas Medical Center. He enjoys travel, reading, cooking, and computer games.
Dr. Howland has been married for 36 years. He and Diana have two sons, three grandchildren, and a toy poodle named Prince.