The Mathematics Department of Simpson University wants to ensure that every student who graduates in the traditional undergraduate program has had an opportunity to develop an understanding and appreciation of how mathematics impacts their area of discipline as well as for them personally. Graduates of Simpson University should be able to demonstrate a level of mathematics acumen that will allow successful application of mathematical skills to both their profession and personal endeavors.

Math Department Mission

The Mathematics Department of Simpson University endeavors to see those that select a major in Mathematics or Mathematics for Teachers are exposed to a program that emphasizes building upon the fundamentals of mathematics in such a way that students are conversant with these fundamentals. Successful students will be able to construct and develop rigorous mathematical reasoning; effectively communicate mathematical reasoning through multiple means; and expand their own understanding of mathematics through self-directed learning. These students should be able to use the language and framework of mathematics to build their understanding of their faith and its impact on themselves and others; as well see that mathematics transcends barriers of culture.

Mathematics Major

The Mathematics major provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to enter a career in teaching, insurance, finance and industry, or to continue into graduate school. With instruction in discrete math, calculus, algebra, geometry, math modeling, computer programming, and physics, students gain a wide range of mathematical understanding. A math history focus also allows students to expand their knowledge of leading mathematicians and their revolutionary discoveries.

Mathematics for Teachers Major

The Mathematics for Teachers (Mathematics Single Subject) degree equips students with the mathematical knowledge required to teach grades 7 through 12. Students learn to communicate and teach mathematics in formal and informal settings. Through this course of study, students develop the tools and skills necessary for careers in industry, education, ministry, and even graduate studies.

Michael Kelly, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Math Department Chair


​Dr. Kelly has been teaching mathematics at Simpson University since 2013. He is the faculty advisor for the Simpson University Math club and runs the KME honors society. His research is in stochastic processes that model evolutionary dynamics. Before coming to Simpson he was a postdoc for one year at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Kelly writes computer programs as a hobby.

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D., University of California - San Diego
  • M.S. University of California - San Diego
  • B.S., Oklahoma State University

Courses Taught:

  • Discrete Math
  • Math History
  • Math Modeling
  • Computer Programming
  • Mathematical Statistics and Probability
  • Real Analysis
  • Complex Analysis
  • Putnam Problem Seminar
  • Modern Algebra
  • Senior Project Reading
  • Senior Project Writing


Harold Lund, M.A.

Adjunct Professor of Mathematics


Professor Lund enjoys studying mathematics as it was developed by ancient civilizations. He has lectured and participated in various seminars relating to the math of ancient civilizations such as the Mayans, Babylonians and Egyptians. He is listed in the "Who's Who Among America's Teachers" several times, most recently in 2007. Professor Lund also serves as Simpson University's Registrar.

Educational Background:

  • M.A., Ball State University
  • B.S., Taylor University

Courses Taught:

  • Math


  • Construct and develop rigorous mathematical reasoning, including the use of standard mathematical concepts;
  • Effectively communicate rigorous mathematical reasoning, including the use of appropriate visual aids; and
  • Expand his or her own mathematical understanding through a process of self-directed learning.