Meet David Kephart
Visiting Assistant Professor, Math
Education: 2001 University of South Florida, B.A.
2001 University of South Florida, M.A.
2005 University of South Florida, Ph.D.
Courses Taught: Math for Liberal Arts
Calculus I, II and III
Calculus for Business
Engineering Calculus I, II and III
Life Science Calculus
Career Specialties: David Kephart's main specialty is formal language theory – in particular, language distances. He is also interested in the use of online educational supports to quantify learning outcomes.
Professional and Community Activities: In 2015, Kephart's paper refining earlier research into topological and syntactic aspects of specific pseudo-metrics in the space of formal languages was published in Proceeding of the14th Meeting on the Mathematics of Language. In 2011, he co-authored a study with members of the University of South Florida math education department into the efficacy of online tutoring in improving student achievement and retention, which was published in
Mentoring and Tutor: a Partnership in Learning
. Prior research includes demonstration in a program of certain formal language conclusions about the “words” used in DNA computing.
Kephart led the online tutoring department and, subsequently, the research department of a local distance-learning software development company founded by mathematics faculty members from USF.
Honors and Awards: Kephart was recognized for speaking on issues in technology and math education at the national conference of the National College Learning Center Association in 2015 and 2016.