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Murphy Waggoner

George Washington Carver Chair in Natural Sciences / Department Chair of Mathematics / Professor of Mathematics


Hi.  My name is Murphy Waggoner, and I have been a professor at Simpson since 1992.  I’m a mathematician, and my interests are teaching and applications of mathematics.  Lately I have been involved with combining my love of math and my love of art.  I have taught Mathematics of Art three times and had a great time.  I hope the students did, too, and I can’t wait to teach it again.

In 2009 I finished a Spanish degree as well (so I am a Simpson grad!)  I strengthened my Spanish speaking and listening skills while leading a group of students on a semester abroad to Argentina in Spring 2014.

I also have a passion for reading and writing.  I maintain a book blog with over 350 posts I have written about books I have read in the past decade.  I also write teaching support materials for college mathematics teaching.  Here is one of them.  Feel free to borrow.

A blog on applications of linear algebra.

I hope I get a chance to meet you on campus.  My office is Carver Science Hall.  Stop by sometime and introduce yourself!


  • B.S., Mathematics, Arkansas Tech University, 1981
  • M.S., Mathematics, Oklahoma State University, 1988
  • Ed.D., Teaching College Mathematics, Oklahoma State University, 1994
  • B.A., Spanish, Simpson College, 2009