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Why Study Computer Science at Madonna University?

  • Provides a solid foundation in software development as well as theoretical and algorithmic foundations.
  • Offers elective courses in cutting-edge technologies such as web design and mobile applications development as well as coursework that provides cooperative employment opportunities enabling students to gain experience in computer operations, software development, and practical software projects.
  • By complementing technical courses with a solid liberal arts education, a Madonna Computer Science graduate obtains not only the solid technical skills but also the strong interpersonal, writing, and presentation skills that are a necessity in the business world today.
  • Alumni of the Computer Science program have successfully pursued graduate degrees and most graduates have found sustainable employment including some who have jobs at highly regarded technology companies such as Google and Microsoft.

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Faculty Bios

Susan Toma, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Mathematics and Computer Science
Associate Professor

Ph.D. Oakland University

M.S. Oakland University

B.S. Madonna University

stoma@madonna.edu

734-432-5525

Franciscan Center S217-D

Susan Toma, Ph.D.

Dr. Susan Toma is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department. She joined the full-time faculty of Madonna University in 2010. She earned a Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematical Sciences in 2009 and an M.S. degree in Industrial Applied Mathematics in 2006 from Oakland University. She is also a Madonna University alumna where she completed a B.S. degree in Mathematics.

Dr. Toma has taught a broad range of mathematics courses, including Contemporary Mathematics, Pre-calculus, Applied Calculus, Calculus with Analytic Geometry I, II and III, Modern Algebra, Introduction to Real Analysis, Discrete Mathematics, and Probability and Statistics. She also regularly mentors senior seminar mathematics research projects. Moreover, Dr. Toma actively engages her students in various national and international mathematical competitions. In addition, she is the advisor of the Math Club student organization at Madonna University. Dr. Toma is a member of the Mathematical Association of America, American Mathematical Society, and the Michigan Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators.

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Michael Johnson, Ph.D.Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science

Ph.D. Wayne State University

M.S. Michigan State University

B.S. University of California, San Diego

mjohnson@madonna.edu

734-432-5527

Franciscan Center S217-P

Michael Johnson, Ph.D.

Professor Mike Johnson has been a full-time faculty member at Madonna University since 2004. He obtained his B.S. degree at UC San Diego where he majored in Computer Engineering and minored in Mathematics. He then moved to Phoenix, Arizona where he worked for two years as a software engineer for GTE. After working in the Chicago area for AT&T Bell Labs for the next two years, he moved to Michigan to attend Michigan State University where he graduated with a Master's degree in Computer Science. He then completed his college studies at Wayne State University in 2003 when he earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science.

His main area of concentration is Computer Science and has taught a wide variety of computer science courses ranging from the introductory Computer Science I course to the upper level Computer Architecture course. His favorite subject to teach is any class that covers software development or web design. In addition to computer science courses, he also enjoys teaching algebra and precalculus mathematics courses.

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Marcilyn PoppemaAssistant Professor, Mathematics

M.S. Western Michigan University

B.S. Grand Valley State University

Math for Elementary Certification

mpoppema@madonna.edu

734-432-5586

Franciscan Center S217-G

Marcilyn Poppema

I have been teaching mathematics, and mathematics education courses at Madonna University for 10 years. I teach a proper range of courses from introductory algebra all the way through upper-level courses. My favorite courses to teach are the education courses. Helping students become future educators is a passion of mine. I also enjoy mentoring senior seminar presentations, it allows me to help students understand how to conduct research in mathematics and mathematics education.

My research interests focus on how to use technology for teaching mathematics, and how to get teacher candidates to understand how technology can change the curriculum. Presenting at the Michigan Council for Teachers of Mathematics conference each year allows me to help share my understanding of how technology is being used do you transform mathematics education in the current K-12 classrooms. I am also involved in a research group at Wayne State University; working with other graduate students and Wayne State faculty doing research on the changes in teacher evaluations by the state.

Researching and studying the key areas in how highly affective mathematics lessons by teachers in the elementary curriculum are assessed allows for me to understand what teacher candidates need to be equipped with to be successful as mathematics teachers.

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