Sonya S. Stanley
Associate Professor
Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Computer Science
308 Russell Hall

Sonya Stanley is a native of Oxford, Alabama.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Judson College, a Master of Science in Mathematics from Auburn University and her PhD in Mathematics from Vanderbilt University. Her research interests include approximation theory, splines, computer-aided geometric design, numerical analysis, and mathematics education. What she enjoys most is working with her students, especially the undergraduate research projects she's been involved in. Stanley is active with the campus chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys sports, music and spending time with her family. 

Degrees and Certifications

  • BS, Judson College
  • MS, Auburn University
  • PhD, Vanderbilt University
  • Quality Matters Teaching Online Certification


  •  A Trigonometric Simpson’s Rule, co-authored with Catherine Cusimano Kirby, Alabama Journal of Mathematics, Spring 2004, 15-22.
  •  Circular Bernstein-Bezier Spline Approximation with Knot Removal, co-authored with Catherine Cusimano, Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics, 155 / 1, (2003), 177-185.
  •  Revitilizing Precalculus Through Problem-Based Learning, Journal of General Education, 51 / 4, (2002), 306-315.
  •  Problem-Based Precalculus: A Case Study, Research and Development in Problem Based Learning, 5 (1999), 208-213.
  •  Quasi-interpolants Based on Trigonometric Splines, co-authored with Tom Lyche and Larry L. Schumaker, Journal of Approximation Theory 95 (1998), 280-309.
  •  Shape-Preserving Knot Removal, co-authored with Larry L. Schumaker, Computer Aided Geometric Design 13 (1996) 851-872.