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Dr. Marva S. Lucas
Chair / Associate Professor

University Studies
MTSU Box 16
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Office: Peck Hall 202
Office Phone: (615) 898-2568

E-mail: mlucas@mtsu.edu


  • Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Tennessee State University
  • Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction, Middle Tennessee State University
  • M.S.T. in Mathematics, Middle Tennessee State University
  • B.A. in Mathematics, Fisk University (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa)

A few achievements or accomplishments:

  • Maxine Smith Fellow
  • John Pleas Award Recipient
  • NADE Chapter President
  • TNADE President
  • MTSU EA President

Some interesting projects:

  • TBR Access and Diversity Grant: Using Graduate Assistants to Enhance Retention Rates of Students Enrolled in the MTSU Scholars Academy
  • Faculty Research Grant: An Assessment of Prescribed Course Redesign at MTSU
  • TBR and MTSU Public Service Grants: ACT Prep Workshops for Ethnic Minority Junior Senior High School Students
  • Research: Mathematics College Readiness

Describe your teaching style:
I enjoy teaching, and I enjoy learning - particularly mathematics. My teaching style exhibits both. I think that students are more open to learning from an instructor that genuinely enjoys their job and is obviously committed to their success. I am very direct with my students, informing them up front about my expectations (and they are high). I make myself available outside of class to provide one-on-one assistance to those that need extra attention. I try to make the class interesting by varying instructional strategies and always encouraging the students - active participation in the learning process.

What do you like most about teaching?
I like most "seeing" the light bulb come on for students, especially those students who think that they are not good in mathematics.

What do you like least about teaching?
It is very difficult when my desire for a student's success is far greater that the student's.

What do you expect from your students?
What I expect from my students is virtually the same that they can expect from me: good and timely attendance; prior preparation; good organization; active and enthusiastic participation; questions to clarify understanding, consistent efforts, and respect for all.

Areas of interest outside the classroom:
I enjoy teaching young adults and participating in missionary outreach projects with my church. I also enjoy crossword puzzles, reading, and traveling with my family.

Contact Us
  • University Studies
  • Peck Hall, Room 202
  • 1301 E. Main Street, Box 16
  • Murfreesboro, TN 37132
  • (615) 898-2568 (office)
  • (615) 898-5907 (fax)


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