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We have over 50 full-time instructors and around 200 part-time instructors. With an average class size of 17 students, the instructors at Cowley College take a personal interest in the success of each and every student.
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Slade Griffiths
"It is gratifying to nurture the synergy between faculty and students to create a dynamic learning environment. Our faculty is comprised of gifted individuals who are discipline-specific experts that amaze me with their diligence, knowledge, and care. I fully believe that both students and faculty alike must be engaged in the classroom. Together, both can elevate student success and enable a significant difference in the future." read profile

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Brooke Istas
Mathematics InstructorBrooke

Brooke Istas has been an instructor of Mathematics for Cowley College since Fall 2014. Prior to accepting the position as math faculty, she acted as the Instructional Coordinator for the Cowley College Adult Education program and was an online Mathematics Instructor for developmental education and credit-bearing courses.

She has served as the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), Department of Adult Education and Literacy’s LINCS Community of Practice Math and Numeracy Group Leader and Subject Matter Expert. Also for the LINCS Regional Professional Development Centers, she is certified as a National Trainer in math and numeracy and serves as a Subject Matter Expert Reviewer vetting math and science resources for the LINCS online Resource Collection. Additionally, Istas was chosen as a subject matter expert with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) for a grant with the goal of vetting open education mathematics resources (OERs) and has also been selected to participate in training in the Teacher Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL) for mathematics professional development initiative to become a trainer for TEAL Mathematics. Recently, she published an article entitled, “Digging Deeper – Math Instruction.

For ten years, Istas has used innovative practices, both online and face-to-face, to help adults with improving their mathematics ability. Most notably, she developed the online adult education program at Cowley College and is currently expanding the development of the online numeracy component for both developmental and non-developmental math courses at Cowley College. Proficient at building courses in the ANGEL learning management system, she has utilized the system extensively in creating several courses at various levels of mathematics. Most recently she worked with Carson Consulting & Training, LLC as a subject matter expert to successfully develop the Developing Mathematical Reasoning Skills online course for Morehead State University Adult Education Academy, on behalf of Kentucky Adult Education. She is still in the classroom and instructs adults at all levels in math.

Istas holds an M.S. in Leadership and a B.S. Honors in Mathematics from Southwestern College and earned an additional 21 graduate hours in mathematics from Emporia State University. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Adult and Continuing Education with an emphasis on mathematics at Kansas State University


  • Adult Numeracy Network (ANN) – Brooke is the webmaster.
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
  • Mathematics Association of America  (MAA)
  • Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics (KATM)
  • American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges (AMATYC)
  • Kansas Mathematical Association of Two Year College (KAMATYC)
  • Kappa Mu Epsilon (National Mathematics Honor Society)
  • Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE)



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