Meet the Faculty

Dr. Lawrence McKenna

Program Coordinator and Advisor; Assistant Professor

BS, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Larry McKenna has been teaching-at graduate, undergraduate, secondary and middle school levels-since 1987. His primary teaching practice is best described as “immersive.” He and his students use real data and real mathematics to understand both the content and significance of science to our society. McKenna teaches undergraduate classes on geology, physics, solar system astronomy, climate and statistics. He also teaches the capstone class in the M. Ed. STEM specialization, STEM 962 A World Connected: Interdependence and Systems in Science. His research interests center around numerical modeling of complex systems, currently focused on population dynamics of alligators and characterizing rates and causes of ecological change in salt marsh and near shore environments.

Dr. Robert Page

Associate Professor

MS, PhD, The University of Mississippi


Instructor for STEM929 Number, Operations, and Representation and STEM959 Examining the World through Data and Shape
Robert is the current Chair of the Mathematics Department as well as coordinator of the STEM Program at FSU. He has been teaching mathematics since 1997 to diverse student groups including future NFL players, pre- and in-service teachers, and future medical medical professionals at the secondary, undergraduate, and graduate levels. With support from a Technology Enhancement Competitive Grant 170-B through the commonwealth, he developed and implemented a graduate level professional development course (Closing the Proficiency Gap in Mathematics through Enhanced Technology) in partnership with South Middlesex and Assabet Valley Vocational School Districts. In addition to teaching mathematics with technology, his research interests include teaching Bayesian methods in introductory statistics courses and explaining/predicting cooperation using mathematical game theory (e.g., the Prisoners Dilemma).