Faculty Profiles

Our faculty are active researchers, writers and speakers; many of them internationally known for their contributions toward the advancement of their fields of study. But, most of all, they're passionate, caring teachers.

  • Christopher Ross, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Mathematics

    Specialist in Combinatorial Probability
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  • Elizabeth Brondos Fry, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Statistics

    Elizabeth Brondos Fry, PhD, Assistant Professor of Statistics, teaches undergraduate courses in statistics and data science in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. She has developed and taught courses incorporating community-engaged learning, including work with "Welcoming the Dear Neighbor?" and "Mapping Prejudice". Her research interests focus on statistics education, including curriculum development and evaluation, assessment of statistical learning, and instructor practices and beliefs. She has served as an Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics reader since 2012, evaluating the free response portion of the AP Statistics exam.

  • Jessie Lenarz, PhD

    Associate Professor, Mathematics

    Jessie Lenarz, PhD, Associate Professor of Mathematics at St. Catherine University, teaches all undergraduate mathematics courses from liberal arts math up to senior capstone. Her research interests include combinatorics, history of mathematics, and assessment of mathematics learning. She is currently the moderator for St. Kate's chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the mathematics honor society. Dr. Lenarz has served as an AP Calculus Reader since 2006, evaluating the free response portion of the AP Calculus exam.
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  • Kristine Pelatt, PhD

    Associate Professor, Mathematics

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  • Monica Brown, MS

    Mary T. Hill Director of Data Science; Assistant Professor, Mathematics

    Monica is currently serving as the first Mary T. Hill Director of Data Science at St. Catherine University in addition to her role as an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics. She holds her master's degree in Applied Mathematics (emphasis in Statistics) from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and is currently engaged in doctoral coursework in Leadership. Monica has been a faculty member at St. Kate's since 2008. She is responsible for the development and implementation of an Interdisciplinary Statistics minor (2015) and a Data Science major (2018) at St. Kate's. Her current work involves establishing a Data Science Institute for the community of St. Catherine University.

  • Taviare L. Hawkins, PhD

    Chair for the Math & Sciences Division; Professor of Physics

    Dr. Hawkins oversees the departments of Mathematical Sciences (math, statistics, and computer science), Chemistry, Physics, and Biology. Before joining St Kate’s, she was Professor and Chair of Physics at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. She completed her graduate work at Syracuse University, where she holds two M.S. degrees (in Computer Science and Physics) and a Ph.D. in Physics. She was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is an experimental biophysicist.

    Dr. Hawkins places great emphasis on teaching and training undergraduates in research. She has trained over 50 undergraduate students and is published with them on the topic in microtubule mechanics.