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Elizabeth Newton



  • Ph.D., Mathematics, Saint Louis University, 1979. Dissertation: “Uniform and Strict Convexity in Linear 2-Normed Spaces”
  • M.S. Mathematics, Saint Louis University, 1975. Thesis: “Distance and Interiority in a Boolean Metric Space”
  • B.S., Mathematics, Saint Bonaventure University, 1973. Subsequent New York secondary teaching certification, 1974.

Professional Positions:

  • Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Fontbonne University, 1999 - present.
  • Chairperson, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Fontbonne University, 1991- 2009.
  • Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Fontbonne University, 1983 - 1999.
  • Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Fontbonne University, 1979 - 1983.
  • Instructor in Mathematics, University of Missouri at St. Louis, 1976 - 1979.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Saint Louis University, 1974 - 1976.

Selected Professional Achievements:

  • Taught wide spectrum of undergraduate mathematics and statistics courses, plus the occasional special topics course in one of these areas. Regularly taught statistics courses include the following:
    • MTH 115: Introduction to Statistics – this is a general education course for students in all areas. For a number of years, I also taught it for nursing students through Fontbonne’s affiliation with Chamberlain College of Nursing.
    • MTH 315: Advanced Statistics – this is an ANOVA course for mathematics and science majors.
    • MTH 316: Non-parametric Statistics – title self-explanatory; same clientele as previous.
  • Taught RMD 500: Research Methods and Design – a general statistical methods course for graduate students in dietetics, health writing, and family and consumer science.
  • Taught computer programming and software package usage courses as needed.
  • Directed senior synthesis students in mathematics.
  • Developed undergraduate major curriculum in applied mathematics, 1994 - 1995.
  • Restructured first four semester sequence of computer and information science major courses in an expanded format to incorporate an instructional laboratory component, 1998 - 2000.
  • Developed internships for applied mathematics students, with the Missouri Botanical Garden and SpectrAlliance.
  • Prepared and submitted folio to National Council of Teachers of Mathematics for national recognition of mathematics program for secondary teaching in September 2001; recognition granted by NCTM.
  • Served as Fontbonne liaison officer for dual degree engineering program with Washington University in St. Louis, 1997 - 2005.
  • Collaborated with Fontbonne’s multicultural affairs officer to develop an alumni mentoring program to support at-risk students in technical majors, 1998 - 2000.
  • Submitted grant proposal for scholarships for mathematics, computer science and pre-engineering students under National Science Foundation SCEMS program in spring 2002; proposal was funded and in operation fall 2002 - spring 2007.
  • Submitted proposal for grants to fund student participation in research project under the Missouri Campus Compact, spring 2005 and spring 2006; both were funded and supported six students total.
  • Oversaw growth of departmental full-time faculty from three to seven.
  • Appointed a Research Associate of the Missouri Botanical Garden, effective December 2005.
  • Received award as post-secondary Teacher of the Year from the Mathematics Educators of Greater St. Louis, spring 2006.
  • Miscellaneous Fontbonne committee service; most recently as Chair of the Undergraduate Admission Standards and Review Committee. Others include the Faculty Affairs Committee, the Rank and Tenure Committee, the Undergraduate Academic Committee, and various ad hoc committees.

Research Interest:

Statistical studies of plant-pollinator interactions in tallgrass prairie ecosystems.

Conference and Workshop Attendance, Collaborations and Training:

  • Mathematics Educators of Greater St. Louis annual meeting, February 2001.
  • Mathematics Educators of Greater St. Louis annual meeting, February 2002.
  • Mathematics Educators of Greater St. Louis annual meeting, February 2003.
  • American Mathematical Association’s Mathematics Education Reform Workshop, May 2002.
  • Collaboration with the late Dr. Richard Clinebell, Research Associate of the Missouri Botanical Garden, June 2005 – February 2006.
  • MiniTab Software Users Workshop, February 2006.
  • Systematics Symposium, Missouri Botanical Garden, October 2006.
  • 17th Annual Prairie Invertebrate Conference, Decorah IA, October 2007.
  • 18th Annual Prairie Invertebrate Conference, Newburg, WI, October 2008.
  • Mathematics Educators of Greater St. Louis Conference, November 2008.
  • Several presentations at Washington University Statistics Seminar: Generalized Linear Models, spring 2008.
  • Presentation by Gary King, visiting scholar at Washington University Center for Applied Statistics, January 2010.
  • Cleveland Chapter of the American Statistical Association annual “Tools for Regaining the Competitive Edge” Conference, May 2010 and May 2011.
  • Presentations by Ed George at Washington University’s Loeb Lecture and Loeb Seminar, November 2011.
  • Fall Workshop: Introduction to Statistical Computing with R and Bioconductor, October 2013.
  • ASA Short Course: Successful Data Mining in Practice, October 2013.

Professional Memberships and Service:

  • Membership in the American Statistical Association.
  • Membership in American Association of University Professors.
  • College director for Mathematics Educators of Greater St. Louis (MEGSL), fall 2000-spring 2004.
  • Prior memberships in the Mathematical Association of America, the American Mathematical Society, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.


  • “Techniques in Teaching Geometry,” MEGSL Annual Conference, spring 1995.
  • “Geometric Methods in Statistics,” MEGSL Annual Conference, spring 1996.
  • “Managing Adjunct Faculty in Traditional and Non-Traditional Programs,” with G. B. Yevin, at Council of Independent Colleges National Conference, spring 1999.
  • “From Neophyte to Professional in Technical Disciplines: A Collaborative Effort by Faculty, Student Development and Alumni to Support the Transition,” with L.Wells-Glover, at Conference on Students in Transition, fall 1999.
  • “Managing Adjunct Faculty: A Model for Classroom Success,” with G. B. Yevin, at North Central Association Annual Meeting, spring 2000.
  • “Arms Races: Discrete and Continuous Models,” MEGSL Annual Conference, winter 2000.
  • “Undergraduates Communicating Mathematics – Writing and Presentation at the Core of the Undergraduate Mathematics Curriculum,” as part of a Fontbonne panel presentation at the American Mathematical Society Mathematics Education Reform Workshop, spring 2002.
  • “Insect Visitors to Eryngium at Three Prairies in E. Central Missouri,” at the 18th Annual Prairie Invertebrate Conference, Newburg WI, October 2008.
  • “Utilizing Global Data Gathered from the United Nations Website to Enhance a Statistics Class,” with Nancy English, MEGSL/T3 Regional Conference, in St. Louis MO, November 2008.


  • “Mentors for Undergraduates in Technical Majors: A Collaborative Effort by Faculty, Student Development Professionals and Alumni to Improve Undergraduate Retention and Success in Technical Majors,” with L. Wells-Glover, in Journal of College Student Retention, spring 2002.
  • “A Comprehensive Model for the Hiring, Development and Retention of Adjunct Faculty in Higher Education,” a three part series with G. B. Yevin, in Adjunct Info: A Journal for Managers of Adjunct and Part-Time Faculty, summer 2000 through winter 2001.
  • Data file for inclusion in the Missouri bee study under Michael Arduser, Missouri Department of Conservation, September 2007.
  • Data file for inclusion in Litzsinger Road Ecological Center bee study under Malinda Slagle, LREC, September 2007.
  • “What’s a Prairie without Native Bees?” with Elizabeth Rayhel, in the Missouri Prairie Journal, summer 2010.
  • “Beyond the Bees; Wildflower Visitors from the Clinebell Collection” with Elizabeth Rayhel in the Missouri Prairie Journal, summer 2011.

Service Activities:

  • Troop leader for Girl Scouts of America, 1991-1996.
  • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in St. Louis.
    • Taught Family-to-Family course, fall 1997 and fall 1998.
    • Member, Task Force for NAMI-STL program assessment, 1999 - 2000.
    • Member of NAMI-STL Board of Directors, fall 2000 - fall 2002.
  • On-going service as trustee of supplemental needs trusts for two disabled individuals.

Contact Information:

Math and Computer Science Department

Fontbonne University
6800 Wydown Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105
Email: bnewton@fontbonne.edu
Phone: 314-719-8096
Office: Ryan Hall 408