Macon State College MVPs is a web feature that profiles notable students, alumni, faculty and staff.
Full name: Barry Joseph Monk
Current Residence: McDonough
Originally From: Fairfield, Ala.
Family: Long-term relationship.
Job Title: Assistant professor of mathematics and program coordinator of the mathematics department.
Degrees: Bachelor of science in applied mathematics, University of Alabama; master of arts in mathematics, University of Alabama; and doctorate in applied mathematics, University of Alabama.
Year he joined the Macon State faculty: 2001.
Some of his professional career highlights are … “Being asked to serve as the program coordinator of mathematics after only two years at Macon State College, heading up the development of the bachelor’s degree in mathematics at Macon State, leading the organization of the Southeastern Scholarship Conference on E-Learning hosted by Macon State each year since 2005, maintaining high student evaluations and developing numerous online mathematics courses with my colleagues Mary Wolfe, Steve Davis and Wanda Eanes.”
He enjoys teaching at Macon State because … “I am surrounded by a great group of people – both students and faculty.”
His favorite course to teach is… “Calculus, because there are so many interesting applications that can be covered. Also, this is the course where students really start to see how the different areas of mathematics come together.”
One thing people don’t know about Macon State is … “How dedicated the faculty are to the success of students.”
One thing people don’t know about him is … “I worked my way through college playing jazz piano in a bar.”
In his spare time he likes to … “Read, compose music, bowl, play with my six cats and go shopping. I also like to travel a lot.”
The one person he’d most like to meet is … “The Amazing James Randi, because of his tireless work promoting science, freethinking and critical reasoning skills.”
If he wasn’t a college professor he would be . . . “Who knows? Maybe a blackjack dealer at a high-stakes table in Las Vegas.”