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Tom Ferguson


[Ferguson, Tom]
  • Lecturer


Dr. Tom Ferguson was born in Longview, Texas, in 1958 to Travis and
Flora Ferguson. He is the middle son among a family of three sons and three daugh-
ters. He attended Judson Junior High and graduated from Longview High School
in 1976. He received his B.S. degree in mathematics from Texas A&M University
in 1979. Pursuing further graduate work, he received his M.A. degree in mathemat-
ics from the University of Wisconsin in 1981 while also earning teacher certification.
He met his wife Cynthia; the couple married in 1982 and have four children and
one grandchild. Thomas taught public school for two years and then spent the next
twenty- four years in the business world. He was a software test engineer at Gen-
eral Dynamics in Fort Worth from 1986 to 1989. He and his family then moved to
Carrollton, Texas. Thomas was employed for nineteen years by Alcatel SA (formerly
DSC Communications) first as a software engineer and later as an engineering man-
ager and product manager. In 2008, he left the business world to take a position as
assistant professor of mathematics at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in
Waxahachie, Texas. The next fall, he began the Ph.D. mathematics program at the
University of Texas in Arlington. In May 2015, he earned his Ph.D. in mathematics
under the direction of Dr. Dimitar Grantcharov. Thomas’ research interest are in
algebra with particular interest in the orthosymplectic Lie superalgebras.  He also serves as an adjunt lecturer at the University of Texas - Arlington. 

Professional Preparation

    • 1981 M.A. in MathematicsUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
    • 2015 Ph D in MathematicsUniversity of Texas at Arlington
    • 1979 B.S in MathematicsTexas A&M University System (TAMU)  Texas A&M University


      • MATH 311-003 Foundations of Contemporary Mathematics

        This course is designed for students whose placement scores or life experience indicate that they may need additional preparation in order to take a college credit bearing mathematics course. Topics may include basic algebraic operations and expressions, linear equations and inequalities, polynomials, rational expressions, factoring, exponents and radicals, graphing, quadratic equations, and mathematical reasoning. Students will use mathematical software to master targeted areas and progress through a self-paced environment in order to achieve college readiness. Immediately following the successful completion of this foundational course, students should register for a credit bearing mathematics course accordingly to their degree plan. Credit in this course does not fulfill any degree requirement.

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