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Faculty & Staff

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

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

Part-Time Instructors

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, Emporia State University
  • Member NEA/KNEA/CEA
  • Math and Science Club Co-Sponsor

Office: GJ303H
Phone: (620) 441-5215

Tiffany Corley

Life Sciences InstructorCorley

  • B.S. in Biomedical Science from Colorado State University
  • M.S. in Biological Sciences from Wichita State University

    Office: Mulvane Center
    Phone: (316) 777-3059
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

    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

GJ 303I
Phone: 620.441.5330

Chad Killblane

Chad KillblaneChemistry Instructor
(Mulvane Center)

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

  • 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.
Scott Layton
Scott Layton

Instructor Natural Sciences

  • BS - Science Education, Oklahoma State University
  • MS - Curriculum and Instruction, Oklahoma State University
  • Awards and Certifications - Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence 2008-2010, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Science, Anatomy and Physiology, Stirnaman Award for Teaching Excellence, 2007-08, "Who's Who Among America Teachers" 2005-06, 2006-07
  • NSF - Summer Institute for Chemistry and Biology
  • Professional Organizations - CEA, NEA, KNEA, American Society of Microbiologists
  • 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
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
  • Math and Science Club Co-Sponsor

    Office: GJ303G
    Phone: (620) 441-5208
Michelle Schoon

Natural Science Department Chairperson, Life Sciences Instructor

  • BA - 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
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

Office: GJ303A
Phone: (620) 441-5296

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