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Dr. Melissa Sovak

Education

  • B.S.: Mathematics, Carlow University
  • B.S.: Accounting, minor in Business Management, Carlow University
  • M.S.: Computational Mathematics, Duquesne University
  • M.S.: Statistics, University of Pittsburgh
  • Ph.D.: Statistics, University of Pittsburgh

Biography

Dr. Melissa Sovak is a former market research analyst. She earned a Master of Science and her Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science in Computational Mathematics from Duquesne University. Dr. Sovak also taught at both those schools and her research interests are statistics education and teaching methodology. She is extensively published and given several publications on statistical reasoning and color models for image decomposition.

Publications

  • Sovak, Melissa.  (2011) TI-83/84 and TI-Inspire Technology Guide for Understandable Statistics.  Cengage Learning.
  • Sovak, Melissa.  (2011) SPSS Technology Guide for Understandable Statistics.  Cengage Learning.
  • Sovak, Melissa.  (2011) Excel 2010 Technology Guide for Understandable Statistics.  Cengage Learning.
  • Sovak, Melissa.  (2011) R Manual for Mind on Statistics.  Cengage Learning.
  • Pfenning, Nancy and Sovak, Melissa.  (2010) TI-84 Calculator Technology Guide.  Cengage Learning.   Available on book’s website.  
  • Pfenning, Nancy and Sovak, Melissa.  (2010) Excel 2007 Technology Guide.  Cengage Learning.  Available on book’s website.
  • Pfenning, Nancy and Sovak, Melissa.  (2010) MINITAB Technology Guide.  Cengage Learning.  Available on book’s website.
  • Pfenning, Nancy and Sovak, Melissa.  (2010) SPSS Technology Guide.  Cengage Learning.  Available on book’s website.    

Research Interests

  • Statistics Education
  • Mathematics Education

Affiliated Department

Department of Health Science: Teaches graduate-level statistics course for the Athletic Training Program.

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of Math, Computer Science and Information Systems

Academic Program(s)

  • B.A. Mathematics

Contact Information

Email:
sovak@calu.edu

Phone:
724-938-4132

Office:
Eberly Hall 317

Quotable

“I enjoy sharing my passion for math with students and helping them discover that math is achievable for anyone!”

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