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Biographies of our Workshop Speakers
Dr. James Choike
Dr. Choike is a Professor of Mathematics at Oklahoma State University. He received his PhD. in mathematics from Wayne
State University. Dr. Choike has earned many teaching awards, including the Award for Faculty Excellence at Oklahoma
State University in 2000. He was awarded the prestigious 1995 Mathematical Association of America Award for
Distinguished University or College Teaching of Mathematics (Oklahoma-Arkansas region). In 1995, Dr. Choike was also
chosen for an OSU Regents Distinguished Teaching Award.
Dr. Choike served as chair of the National Mathematics Committee for The College Board's EQUITY 2000 school reform
project and has often been an AP Reader of Calculus AB and BC exams. He has been an invited speaker many times at
College Board conferences on Advanced Placement Mathematics. He has instructed mathematics courses for high school
students via distance learning technology since 1986. He is determined to offer the highest quality instruction with all
the support services students need to succeed and develop confidence in themselves.
His projects in middle school and elementary education include the Star Schools: The New Millennium Oklahoma State
University project directed towards improving, via distance education, the science and mathematics preparation of middle
school science and mathematics teachers and the Algebra for All project, which features online professional development
for middle school teachers in algebra content and pedagogy.
His interests in mathematics are topics in complex analysis, especially the behavior of functions near singularities;
applied mathematics, especially problems that arise in an industrial and multi-disciplinary setting; and the history of
mathematics, especially the development of mathematics by cultures other than western/European cultures.