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Natural Science & Mathematics

Faculty & Staff

Uwe Conrad
Steve Cooper
Tiffany Killblane
Mike Hayden
David Hays
Brooke Istas
Heather Kelly
Chad Killblane
Scott Layton

Michelle Lett
April Nittler
Dr. Michelle Schoon
Martin Shaffer
Pamela Smith
Tammy Strange
Humphrey Wamocha

Part-Time Instructors

Dr. Michelle Schoon

Natural Science Department Chairperson,
Life Sciences Instructor

  • BS - Bethany College, Biology Education
  • MA - Curriculum and Instruction, Wichita State University
  • Educational Doctorate from Southwestern College
  • Awards: Stirnaman Award for Teaching Excellence (2005-2006); Who's Who's Among American College Instructors(2001,2002,2004,2007); Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence (2000-2001); NISOD master teacher award (1996)
  • Organizations - NABT (National Association of Biology Teachers); KABT (Kansas Association of Biology Teachers); CEA (Cowley Education Association); NEA (National Education Association);KNEA (Kansas National Education Association)
  • Experience: Seven years High School teaching experience; College Experience-Biology, Zoology, Botany, Anatomy & Physiology
  • Interests: Sports, Gardening, Church and family

    Office: GJ303B
    Phone: (620) 441-5204


Uwe Conrad
Uwe Conrad

Mathematics Lead Instructor (Mulvane Center)

  • BA - Middle Tennessee State University
  • MST - Middle Tennessee State University
  • 2004 NISOD Teaching Excellence Award Recipient
  • 2005-2007, President of the KAMATYC (Kansas Mathematics Association of Two Year Colleges)
  • Co-Sponsor Mu Alpha Sigma Chi (Mulvane Center)

    Office: Mulvane Center, Mulvane
    Phone: (316)777-3058


Steve Cooper

Steve CooperMathematics Instructor

  • BS in Computer Science, University of Kansas
  • GCP (Graduation Certification Program) Math Education, University of Kansas
  • Master of Science, Mathematics, Emporia State University
  • Member NEA/KNEA/CEA

    Office: GJ303H
    Phone: (620) 441-5215


Mike Hayden

Mathematics InstructorHayden

Mike Hayden has been an instructor of Mathematics for Cowley College since Fall 2014.

  • B.S. in Mathematics from Wichita State University
  • Co-Sponsor Mu Alpha Sigma Chi (Ark City Campus)
  • Memberships:
    - CEA
    - Pi Mu Epsilon (Nationall Honor Society fro Mathematical Sciences)
    - MAA

    Office: GJ303G
    Phone: (620) 441-5323


David Hays
David Hays

Mathematics, Computer Science Instructor

  • Bachelors of Science in Mathematics/Computer Science (Double Major) from Pittsburg State University
  • Masters in Education - Curriculum and Instruction from Southwestern College
  • Co-Sponsor Mu Alpha Sigma Chi (Mulvane Center)

    Office: MW106
    Phone: 316.777.3052


Brooke Istas

Mathematics, Computer Science Instructor Brooke

  • B.S.Honors in Mathematics from Southwestern College
  • M.S. in Leadership from Southwestern College
  • 21 graduate hours in Mathematics from Emporia State University
  • Working on PD.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)

    Office: RL 106
    Phone: 620.441.5596


Heather Kelly

Mathematics InstructorHeather

Heather Kelly has been an instructor of Mathematics for Cowley College since Fall 2014.

  • B.S. in Education from Emporia State University
  • M.A. in Mathematics from Emporia State University

  • Memberships:
    -National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

  • Professional Experience:
    - Instructor at Northern Virginia Community College
    - Teacher at Wilson & Quivira Heights High School

    Office: GJ 303I
    Phone: 620.441.5330


Chad Killblane

Chad KillblaneChemistry Instructor
(Mulvane Center)


  • B.S. in Biochemistry from Southwestern College, Winfield, KS
  • PhD - in Chemistry from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • Awards and Certifications - Search for lowest energy nonclassical Fullerenes III: C22, Killblane, Gao, Shao, Zeng JPC A 2009, 113 (31): 8839-8844. Theoretical Optical Absorbtrion and Photo electron spectra of Endohedral Gold Clusters. Journal of computational and Theoretical Nano Sciance, Volume 6, Number Z February 2009, pp359-363 (5). Structures and stabilities of small Silicon cluster. High-Level A initio calculations of Sib; Gao, Killblane, Zeng, computing letters, Volume 1 Number 4, 2005, pp 343-347 (5)
  • Professional Organizations: ACS, KNEA
  • Experience: Performed research and built a Cluster computer at the University of Okayama, Okayama Japan.

    Office: Mulvane Center
    Phone: (316) 777-3091


Tiffany Killblane

Life Sciences InstructorTiffany Killblane

  • B.S. in Biomedical Science from Colorado State University
  • M.S. in Biological Sciences from Wichita State University
  • Professional Organizations :
    - KNEA
    - CEA
    - ASM

    Office: Mulvane Center>
    Phone: (316) 777-3095


Scott Layton
Scott Layton

Instructor Natural Sciences

  • PhD - Environmental Science, Oklahoma State University
  • MS - Curriculum and Instruction, Oklahoma State University
  • BS - Science Education, Oklahoma State University
  • Publications
    • “Engaging Undergraduates in the Scientific Process: Exploring Invertebrate Endocrine Disruption” The American Biology Teacher, May 2016
  • Awards and Certifications
    • Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence 2008-2010,
    • Stirnaman Award for Teaching Excellence, 2007-08,
    • NSF - Summer Institutes for Chemistry, Biology, and RNA Interference
    • Certifications in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Science, Anatomy and Physiology
  • Professional Organizations
    • Cowley Education Association (CEA),
    • National education Association (NEA),
    • Kansas National Education Association (KNEA),
    • American Society of Microbiologists (ASM),
    • National Association of Biology teachers (NABT)
  • Experience - 9 years, Stillwater Public Schools; 1 year, Newkirk Public Schools, Cowley County Community College 2002-present
  • Phi Theta Kappa Co-Sponsor

Office: GJ303D
Phone: (620) 441-5331


Michelle Lett
Michelle Lett

Life Sciences Instructor

  • B.S. in Biology from Washburn University
  • M.S. in Biology from Kansas State University
  • DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) from Kansas State University
  • Publications
    • Lett, M.S. and A.K. Knapp. 2005. Woody plant encroachment and removal in mesic grassland: production and composition responses of herbaceous vegetation. American Midland Naturalist 153: 217-231.
    • Lett, M.S., A.K. Knapp, J.M. Briggs, and J. M. Blair. 2004. Influence of shrub encroachment on aboveground net primary productivity and carbon and nitrogen pools in a mesic grassland. Canadian Journal of Botany 82:1363-1370.
    • Lett, M.S. and A.K. Knapp. 2003. Consequences of shrub expansion in mesic grassland: resource alterations and graminoid responses. Journal of Vegetation Science 14: 487-496.
  • Organizations, Memberships
    • AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association)
    • CEA (Cowley Education Association)
    • KNEA (Kansas National Education Association)
    • NEA (National Education Association)

Office: GJ 303J
Phone: (620) 441-5562


April Nittler

April NittlerDevelopmental Mathematics Instructor

  • M.Ed. - Curriculum and Instruction from Wichita State University
  • BS - Health, Physical Education & Safety with Minor in Mathematic, Southeastern Oklahoma State University
  • Memberships - CEA
  • Participated in the PRAIRY Project (1999-2002)
  • Nine years High School teaching experience; College Experience - Pre Algebra, Elementary Algebra and Intermediate Algebra

    Office: GJ303G
    Phone: (620) 441-5208


Martin Shaffer

Martin ShafferEngineering Physics, General Physics and Physical Science

  • MS - Physical Science, Emporia State University
  • BS - Science Education, University of Oklahoma
  • AS - Diversified Studies, Oklahoma City Community College
  • Publications: "The Experimentally Determined Average Vertical Cosmic Ray Muon Flux Rate near Topeka, Kansas"
  • Shaffer has been at Cowley College since August 2011
  • Instructor at Seaman High School for 15 years
  • American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), Kansas Association of Teachers of Science (KATS), Quarknet
  • Worked on research projects at Fermi National Laboratory
  • Currently a fellow for the Cosmic Ray E-lab group.

    Office: GJ303K
    Phone: (620) 441-5329


Pamela Smith
Pam Smith

Instructor of Chemistry

  • AS - Cowley County Community College
  • BS - Biochemistry, Wichita State University, Summa Cum Laude
  • 4 Year Doctoral Studies/Doctoral Fellowship, Chemistry Department Wichita State University in Protein Chemistry
  • 4 year graduate teaching assistant at Wichita State University
  • Awards:
    - Paul Stirnaman Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence 2006;
    - Cowley College Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence and Student Learning
    - 2004-2006; National Science foundation and National Computational Science Institute Grant Recipient 2003-2006;
    - U.S. Department of Education Technology Innovation Challenge Grant Participant - PRAIRY Cadre I 1999-2002
    - NISOD Master Teacher 1999;
    - Who's Who Among American college Instructors 1998;
    - American Chemical Society Outstanding Undergraduate Chemist 1991
    - Laboratory Safety Insttitue Certificate
  • Organizations:
    - Two Year College Chemistry Consortium member
    - Member of the American Chemical Society
    - Cowley College Education Association
    - NEA & KNEA
  • 1992 Research Fellow, Frank J. Seiler Research Lab, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Office: GJ303 # 6
    Phone: (620) 441-5203


Tammy Strange

Natural Science Department SecretaryStrange

Office: GJ303
Phone: (620) 441-5297


Humphrey Wamocha

Humphrey WamochaMathematics/Physics Instructor

  • PhD - Mechanical Engineering, Wichita State University
  • MS - Physics, Wichita State University
  • BS - Math and Physics Education, Egerton University, Kenya
  • Awards - Good Apple award 2008 (Wichita Public Schools)
  • Certifications - Mathematics and Physics
  • Publications: Journal of Biomaterials, "Cytotoxicity of release products from magnetic nano composites in targeted drug delivery."
  • Math instructor at Metro Meridian High School from 2006-2010, prior to coming to Cowley College in 2011.
  • Lecturer, Physics Department, Wichita State University, 2010-2011
  • Co-Sponsor Mu Alpha Sigma Chi (Ark City Campus)

    Office: GJ303A
    Phone: (620) 441-5296


Part-Time Instructors
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