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Michael E. Johnson, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Mathematics & Computer Science; Associate Professor of Mathematics

Brown-Kopel Business Center, Room 350

Mike Johnson graduated from Freed-Hardeman University with a B.S. in Mathematics in 1991. He went on to earn an M.S. (1993) and a Ph.D. (1998) in Mathematics from Vanderbilt University where his research was in the area of mathematical biology.

Dr. Johnson has been a faculty member at Freed-Hardeman University since 1999. He served as chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science from 2002 to 2005 and as Associate Vice President for Academics from 2006 to 2010. He currently serves as the Program Coordinator for mathematics and will again be serving as the chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, effective January 2014.

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Kenan L. Casey, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Computer Science; Program Coordinator, Computer Science & Interactive Digital Design Majors

Brown-Kopel Business Center, Room 335

Kenan Casey, a 2004 graduate of Freed-Hardeman, later attended Auburn University, where he completed his master’s and doctorate degrees in computer science.

His research focused on computational intelligence and sensor networks, about which he wrote his dissertation. Dr. Casey soon discovered his passion for biologically inspired algorithms, specifically neuro-evolutionary algorithms, and began teaching at FHU in the summer of 2008. Dr. Casey now teaches web applications programming, computer networks, computer architecture and artificial intelligence.

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Ben Clark
Director of Computer Science and Digital Innovation

Brown-Kopel, Room 332

Ben Clark graduated from Freed-Hardeman University in 2004 with a degree in Mathematics after participating in the Pre-Engineering program. He completed the rest of his education at Auburn University before working as a government contractor for 10 years.

Dr. Clark has returned to FHU to work with the Computer Science and Engineering faculty to explore new opportunities in adjacent fields. This will result in new curricula as well as new on-campus opportunities for students to learn with hardware.
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Jared T. Collins, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Mathematics

Brown-Kopel Business Center, Room 351

Jared Collins received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Freed-Hardeman University in 2008. He went on to the University of Memphis where he earned his master's (2010) and doctoral (2013) degrees in mathematics.

His research is in the field of Complex Dynamics. In particular, he studies the general convergence of root-finding algorithms and the dynamical behaviors of rational maps.

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Greg Maples
Assistant Professor of Computer Science & Cybersecurity

Brown-Kopel, Room 353

Greg completed his B.S. in Computer Science at Freed-Hardeman University in 1990, and for over 23 years, he has worked diligently in the Information Technology Department at FHU.

He and his wife, Cathy, have been married for 31 years and have three adult children. Greg enjoys motorcycles and the great outdoors.



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Robbie Nichols, M.S., M.B.A.
Instructor in Computer Science

Brown-Kopel, Room 357

Robbie graduated from Freed-Hardeman in 2005 with an MS in Bible and Computer Science. He later went on to get his MBA from West Virginia University. Starting out as an IT intern, he rose through the ranks in the real world through information systems administration, engineering, architecture, and enterprise architecture in government contracting and in the federal government. The last five years were a lot of fun focusing on improving agile culture, mindsets, tools, and processes.

Robbie is also active in the church, having preached for six years, having taught bible classes for fifteen years, and having served as a deacon - administering the Bible school at Bridgeport church of Christ in West Virginia. 

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Timberly Singleton, B.S., M.S.
Instructor in Mathematics

Brown-Kopel, Room 358

Timberly Singleton graduated from Freed-Hardeman University in 2015 with a B.S. in Mathematics and Secondary Education. In 2017, she earned her Master's Degree in Mathematics from Tennessee Technological University.

Her concentration was in the area of applied mathematics. In her research, she explored using exponential Fourier transforms to obtain approximations of fractional derivatives for certain functions. She joined the faculty of Freed-Hardeman in August 2019.

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David Tidwell, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Brown-Kopel, Room 356

Dr. Tidwell graduated from FHU with a B.S. in Mathematics and Secondary Education. He earned his M.S. in Mathematics from Tennessee Technological University and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Auburn University. His research is primarily focused on Discrete Mathematics. He is married to Nic, and they are parents to canine, feline, and herptiles.


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Natalie Zlatovich, B.S.
Administrative Assistant

Anderson Science Center, Room 113