FACULTY

The IWU Mathematics and Computer Information Sciences faculty provide a supportive, Christ-centered community that offers engaging experiences inside and outside of the classroom. Courses for our programs are taught by professors who hold Ph.D.s. These gifted instructors also meet individually with students, host social events in their homes, support student clubs, host guest lecturers and departmental colloquia where students and faculty present on advanced topics, provide opportunities for students to participate in math competitions, present at professional conferences, are active in professional organizations, and much more.

Melvin Royer; MS, PhD Assoc Prof; Mathematics | Chair; Div of Math, Comp & Info Sciences melvin.royer@indwes.edu Department - Mathematics Division - Math & Computer Science

Biography

Dr. Royer joined the faculty at Indiana Wesleyan in 2001 and is excited to be involved in a deeply Christ-centered university. He has taught Mathematics at community and technical colleges as well as at the university level. Dr. Royer's career interests include mathematical analysis, differential equations, electrical systems engineering, and post-secondary mathematics education. He has a strong personal interest in volunteer teaching of English in Asia.

Educational Background:

  • B.S., 1988, Purdue University
  • M.S., 1989, Purdue University
  • Ph.D., 1997, Purdue University

Interests

Dr. Royer's scholarship has mostly consisted of mathematics education presentations at conferences. He is also interested in forming an undergraduate research team to study chaos and dynamical systems. Some mathematical systems behave like a ball balanced motionless atop a hill; slightly different perturbations cause dramatically different effects. Predicting which systems will exhibit this chaotic behavior is a challenging topic approachable at many different levels.