Faculty

DR. STEPHEN C. HENNAGIN
Steve HennaginProfessor of Mathematics

PhD, University of California, Davis (1979) – Mathematics
MA, University of California, Davis (1972) – Mathematics
BS, California Polytechnic State University (1970) – Mathematics

Dr. Hennagin joined the OBU faculty in 1986 and teaches all levels of mathematics courses. His interests range from house work to jigsaw puzzles. On most days he can be found in his office working math puzzles while enjoying a half cup of coffee.

Email: hennagin@obu.edu
Phone: 870-245-5596
Office: JSC 318


Mr. Darin G. Buscher
Darin BuscherAssistant Professor of Mathematics

MSE, Henderson State University (1996) – Mathematics
BSE, Ouachita Baptist University (1992) – Mathematics
BA, Ouachita Baptist University (1992) – Biblical Studies/Language

An OBU alum, “Spud” joined the faculty in 1996 and specializes in OBU’s courses for the preparation of mathematics teachers. Before returning to OBU, he taught at a high school, a junior high, a technical college, a community college, and a state university. He is a sports enthusiast and a master racquetball player.

Email: buscherd@obu.edu
Phone: 870-245-5511
Office: JSC 321


Dr. Jeffery D. SykesDr. Jeffery D. Sykes
Department Chair & Associate Professor of Mathematics

PhD, University of Kentucky (1999) – Mathematics
MS, Baylor University (1992) – Mathematics
BS, Baylor University (1991) – Mathematics

Dr. Sykes joined the OBU faculty in 2002 and teaches all levels of mathematics courses. He is a 2000-2001 fellow of Project NExT and the coordinator of the Arkansas Undergraduate Mathematics Competition. When he is trying to avoid grading, he enjoys spending time with his wife, participating in church programs, and reading comic books.

Website: http://plaza.obu.edu/sykesj
Email: sykesj@obu.edu
Phone: 870-245-5328
Office: JSC 319


Dr. Kayla B. DwelleDr. Kayla B. Dwelle
Assistant Professor of Mathematics

PhD, Purdue University (2007) – Mathematics
MS, Purdue University (2002) – Mathematics
BA, California State University, Sacramento (1999) – Mathematics & Statistics

Dr. Dwelle joined the OBU faculty in 2007 and teaches all levels of mathematics courses. Her dissertation topic was in the field of linear algebra. She enjoys recruiting new players to play Cities & Knights, and she has a deep and abiding obsession with prime numbers.

Email: dwellek@obu.edu
Phone: 870-245-5326
Office: JSC 317


Dr. Jeff MatochaDr. Jeff Matocha
Associate Professor of Computer Science

PhD, University of Alabama (1998) – Computer Science
MS, Louisiana Tech University (1995) – Computer Science
BS, University of Central Arkansas (1992) – Computer Science

Dr. Matocha joined the OBU faculty in 2008 and teaches all levels of computer science courses. When not deploying and maintaining the department’s triple-boot iMac lab, he enjoys spending time with his family. As evidenced by his mugshot at right, he’s not afraid to show his silly side.

Email: matochaj@obu.edu
Phone: 870-245-5329
Office: JSC 322