LMU Graduate Faculty

Dr. Joyce Mears  Joyce Mears
  Professor, Graduate Education


Post-Doctoral study in Mathematics, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
EdD in Educational Administration with collateral areas in Educational Psychology and Statistics, University of
Tennessee, Knoxville
Master's in Mathematics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
Bachelor's in Mathematics and Biology with minor in Chemistry, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee

Other Teaching Experience

  • Henry Thoreau Middle School, Fairfax County, Virginia, Math and Science (grades 7-9) 1969-1970
  • LaFollette High School, LaFollette, Tennesse, Math (grades 9-12) 1970-1972
  • Valley View Elementary School, LaFollette, Tennessee, All subjects (grades 5-8) 1972-1974
  • Clinch-Powell Educational Cooperative, a local LEA including Claiborne, Campbell, Union, Hamblen, and Jefferson Counties, Early Childhood Education (2-3 year olds) 1975-80

Consulting/Outside Training

  • Trained Headstart Teachers at various locations in the Southeastern States in Early Childhood            Education
  • Selected as a trainer for the Educational Testing Service in the area of Critical Thinking
  • Provided training in Cultural Diversity to teachers in North Carolina

Honors and Awards

  • Awarded AMATYC Fellowship for one week of study at Rick’s College in Rexburg, Idaho, Summer 1985.  This was an intensive study in PASCAL programming.  Credit received through BYU.
  • Awarded Pew Fellowship from ACA for 8 weeks of research and study at University of Kentucky, Summer 1986. Studies were in both Numerical Analysis and Computer Science.
  • Awarded NSF Fellowship to attend a two-week long discrete mathematics workshop at Northeastern University during the summer of 1988.
  • Awarded NSF Fellowship to attend a one-week long workshop entitled "Computers in the Math Classroom." This workshop was held at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, during the summer of 1989. Awarded NSF Fellowship to attend a two-week long statistics workshop at the University of Tennesee during the summer of 1994.
  • Awarded NSF Fellowship to attend a one-week long calculus reform workshop at Ithaca College during the summer of 1995.
  • Awarded an NSF Fellowship to attend a one-week AMATYC short course at the University of Vermont during the summer of 2002.
  • Awarded a university faculty development grant to attend a workshop on using technology in teaching in Baltimore, Maryland during January 2003.
  • Awarded an ACA grant to attend a one-week workshop at Montreat College during the summer of 2003.
  • Houston Award for Exemplary Teaching


  • Worked as a consultant/researcher for Intellication, Inc., a pilot project where students attending three schools in Campbell County use laptop computers linked together through a wireless network to learn math.
  • Faculty Advancement in Mathematics Math Induction Module, COMAP, INC., 1989
  • Numerical Solutions to Differential Equations via a Predictor Corrector Method.  Master’s Thesis, Vanderbilt University, 1970.
  • An Administrative Model for Predicting Student Success in Fundamentals of Mathematics at Lincoln Memorial University.  Doctoral Dissertation, University of Tennessee, 1984
  • While employed at Clinch-Powell we published a weekly Parent’s Guide which was distributed to 2000 parents around the Southeast.  This was a set of activities for preschool students and their parents.  We also compiled a training manual used to train preschool staff.

Professonal and Scholarly Affiliations

  • Alpha Chi Sponsor (through April 2004) and Charter member of LMU’s chapter
  • NCTM
  • ACCLAIM – charter member
  • Served as President and Vice President for the Beta Phi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma,
    a nationally recognized professional teacher’s organization.