Mathematics

The study of mathematics offers a practical and working knowledge of numbers useful in a variety of jobs. It is also an essential aspect of other areas of study like the sciences and engineering. A strong understanding and proficiency in mathematics is a must for students interested in any kind of career in science, technology or engineering.

Oakton Community College's Associate in Science (A.S.) degree with a mathematics pre-major offers you the chance to build your knowledge in this compelling and critical field while also fulfilling a variety of general education requirements that will seamlessly transfer to the four-year institution of your choice. Our Mathematics faculty will motivate and inspire you in an environment that nurtures self-esteem, promotes curiosity and fosters learning.

Offering something for everyone, Oakton's Mathematics program includes:

  • College-level courses that provide the foundation for degrees in business, life sciences, natural sciences, and engineering;
  • Applied mathematics courses that support occupational and technology programs;
  • Developmental classes for students preparing for college-level work.

Your initial placement in mathematics courses is determined by ACT/SAT scores, the Oakton Math Placement Test (ALEKS) or transcripts of successfully completed (C or better) college-level mathematics courses. If you have questions about placement into math courses, please contact the Mathematics Department Placement Coordinator

If you're a recent graduate (within two years) from Glenbrook, Maine, Northridge Prep, Evanston or Niles Township High Schools, you may also have initial placement determined affected by your high school transcripts which will be reviewed by the Mathematics Department Placement Coordinator.

Pre-Major

Our mathematics pre-major is recommended for students who are considering completing a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics after transferring to a four-year institution. It is designed for students who have not decided upon a specific four-year college or university. 

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Job Outlook

Employment in math occupations is projected to grow 28 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations, and will add about 67,200 jobs. Growth is anticipated as businesses and government agencies continue to emphasize the use of big data, which math occupations analyze.

Math occupations had a median annual wage of $93,170 in May 2020, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $41,950.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Meet Your Faculty

Jennifer Reeb, Chair
Professor of Mathematics
B.S. Illinois State University
M.S. University of Tennessee
M.S. Northwestern University
jreeb@oakton.edu
847.635.1974
Office: 2156, Des Plaines

Christopher Saunders, Coordinator of Developmental Mathematics
Associate Professor of Mathematics
B.S. Juniata College
Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
csaunder@oakton.edu
847.376.7011
Office: 2704, Des Plaines

Maria Antonopoulos
Associate Professor of Mathematics
B.S. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
M.S. Loyola University of Chicago
Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago
mantonop@oakton.edu
847.376.7283
Office:  2160, Des Plaines

Mario Borha
Associate Professor of Mathematics
B.S. Loyola University of Chicago
M.S. Loyola University of Chicago
M.S. University of St. Francis
mborha@oakton.edu

847.635.1654
Office:  2706, Des Plaines

Olga Cedrina
Associate Professor of Mathematics
B. Ed. Latvijas Universite
M.S. Latvijas Universite
ocedrina@oakton.edu
847.376.7282
Office: 2164, Des Plaines

Michael Farquhar

Associate Professor of Mathematics
B.S.E.E. Bradley University
M.S. University of Illinois
mfarquha@oakton.edu
847.376.7085
Office: 2116, Des Plalines

Safa Hamed
Professor of Mathematics
B.S. Loyola University of Chicago
M.S. Loyola University of Chicago
shamed@oakton.edu
847.635.1898
Office: 2719, Des Plaines

Anna Hammer
Associate Professor of Mathematics
B.S. DePaul University
M.S. DePaul University
M.A. DePaul University
ahammer@oakton.edu
847.635.1688
Office: 2180, Des Plaines

Ahyoung Kim
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
B.S. Yonsei University
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin Madison
akim@oakton.edu
847.376.7062
Office: 2719, Des Plaines

Joseph J. Kotowski
Professor of Mechanical Design and Mathematics
B.S. University of Illinois
M.A. DePaul University
M.S. Northwestern University
koto@oakton.edu
847.635.1268
Office: B231, Skokie

Matthew Lee
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
B.S. University of California, Davis
M.S. University of California, Riverside
Ph.D. University of California, Riverside
mlee@oakton.edu
847.635.1949
Office: 2733, Des Plaines

Carole F. Shapero
Professor of Mathematics
B.Sc. McGill University
M.A. Columbia University
cshapero@oakton.edu
847.635.1459
Office: B214, Skokie

Ivan Temesvari
Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science
A.A. Oakton Community College
B.S. Eastern Illinois University
M.A. Eastern Illinois University
itemesva@oakton.edu
847.376.7065
Office: 2134, Des Plaines

Bradley Young
Associate Professor of Mathematics
B.S. Western Michigan University
M.A. Western Michigan University
byoung@oakton.edu
847.376.7181
Office:  2164, Des Plaines

Dorota Zak
Associate Professor of Mathematics
B.S. University of Illinois at Chicago
M.S. University of Illinois at Chicago
dzak@oakton.edu
847.635.1961
Office: 2712, Des Plaines


Adjunct Faculty

Kawkab Alhejoj
Lecturer
BS University of Jordan
MS Northeastern Illinois University
PhD Illinois Institute of Technology
kalhejoj@oakton.edu
847.635.1688
Office: 2180, Des Plaines

Mohammed (Reza) Amirisefat
Lecturer
M.S. North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University
mamirise@oakton.edu
847.635.1688
Office: 2180, Des Plaines

Janez (John) Arko
Lecturer
B.S. Loyola University, Chicago
M.S. Northeastern University
jarko@oakton.edu
847.635.1688
Office: 2180, Des Plaines  

Shashank Atre
Lecturer
BS Devi Ahilya University
MSc Tech Indian School of Mines
MS University of Wisconsin
PhD Northern Illinois University
satre@oakton.edu
847.635.1688
Office: 2180, Des Plaines  

Jayne Blacker
Lecturer
B.S. University of Illinois, Chicago
M.S. DePaul University
jblacker@oakton.edu
847.635.1688
Office: B200 Skokie

Jadwiga Cyparska
Lecturer
B.A. Technical University of Szczecin
M.A. Technical University of Szczecin
Ph.D. Technical University of Wroclaw
cyparska@oakton.edu
847.635.1950
Office: 2340, Des Plaines

Christian Han
Lecturer
B.A. Northeastern Illinois University
M.S. Northeastern Illinois University
chan@oakton.edu
847.635.1688
Office: 2180, Des Plaines

Randall Farmer
Lecturer
B.S. University of Illinois
rfarmer@oakton.edu
847.376.7245
Office: 100 Lee Center, Des Plaines

Phillip Gwanyama
Lecturer
DIPCEG University of Yaounde, Cameroon
M.A. University of Wisconsin, Madison
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison
pgwanyam@oakton.edu
847.635.1688
Office: 2180, Des Plaines

Simon Kakumanu
Lecturer
B.S. C.S.R.C. College
B.Ed. Nagarjuma University
M.S. Vikram University
M.Ed. Nagarjuma University
C.A.S. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
kspeter@oakton.edu
847.635.1688
Office: 2180, Des Plaines

Nouel Kamber
Lecturer
B.S. Al-Mustansiriyah University, Iraq
M.S.C. Al-Mustansiriyah University, Iraq
Ph.D. Nankai University, China
nkamber@oakton.edu
847.635.1688
Office: 2180, Des Plaines

Mahmoud Khalili
Lecturer
B.S. Tehran University
M.S. Northeastern University
Ph.D. Illinois Institute of Technology
mkhalili@oakton.edu
847.635.1688
Office: 2180, Des Plaines  

Esther Kim
Lecturer
M.D. Korea University
M.S. Chicago State University
ekim@oakton.edu
847.635.1688
Office: 2180, Des Plaines

Andrei Kolas
Lecturer
B.S. Belarussian M.Tank State Pedagogical University
M.S. Belarussian M.Tank State Pedagogical University
akolas@oakton.edu
847.635.1688
Office: 2180, Des Plaines

Douglas Lewit
Lecturer
B.A. Northeastern University
M.S. Northeastern University
dlewit@oakton.edu
847.635.1688
Office: 2180 DP

Mikhail Manilov
Lecturer
B.S. Kyiv State University, Ukraine
M.S. Kyiv State University, Ukraine
M.S. DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois
Ph. D., Hydraulic Engineering and Amelioration Scientific and Research Institute, Kyiv, Ukraine
mmanilov@oakton.edu
847.635.1688
Office: 2180, Des Plaines

Narcis-Ion Motorga
Lecturer
M.S. Northeastern Illinois University
B.A. West University of Timisoara, Romania
nmotorga@oakton.edu
847.635.1688
Office: 2180, Des Plaines

Kamilla Murashkina
Lecturer
B.S. Moscow State University
M.S. Moscow State University
M.S. Northeastern Illinois University
kmurashk@oakton.edu
847.635.1688
Office: 2180, Des Plaines

James Papademas
Lecturer
B.A. Roosevelt University
B.S. Roosevelt University
M.B.A. Roosevelt University
M.S. Roosevelt University
jpapadem@oakton.edu
847.635.1688
Office: 2180, Des Plaines

Katherine Papademas
Lecturer
B.S. University of Illinois, Chicago
M.S. University of Illinois, Chicago
M.S. Roosevelt University
J.D. John Marshall Law School
kpapadem@oakton.edu
847.635.1688
Office: 2180, Des Plaines

Luke Papademas
Lecturer
B.S. Roosevelt University
B.S. Roosevelt University
M.S. Roosevelt University
M.S. Roosevelt University
M.S. Illinois Institute of Technology
lpapadem@oakton.edu
847.635.1688
Office: 2180, Des Plaines

Naga Potluri
Lecturer
B.S. Sri Padmavati  Mahila Visvavidyalayam
B.S. Sri Padmavati  Mahila Visvavidyalayam
M.S. Sri Padmavati  Mahila Visvavidyalayam
npotluri@oakton.edu
847.635.1434
Office: 2171 Des Plaines

Pierre Pouladdege
Lecturer
B.S. Northeastern University
M.S. Northeastern University
ppouladd@oakton.edu
847.635.1690
Office: 2180, Des Plaines

Harminder Rustagi
Lecturer
B.S. University of Delhi
M.S. University of Delhi
hrustagi@oakton.edu
847.635.1688
Office: 2180, Des Plaines

Michael Sawyer
Lecturer
M.S. University of Houston
B.a. Indiana University
msawyer@oakton.edu
847.635.1688
Office: 2180, Des Plaines

Beatrice Scroggin
Lecturer
B.A. Roosevelt University
M.S. DePaul University
bscroggi@oakton.edu
847.635.1688
Office: 2180, Des Plaines

Zaya Shamoon
Lecturer
B.S. University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
M.S.E.E. University of Illinois, Chicago
M.B.A. Lake Forrest School of Management
zshamoon@oakton.edu
847.635.1688
Office: 2180, Des Plaines

Chyonghwa (Kurt) Sheu
Lecturer
B.S. National Kaohsiung Teacher's College
M.A. Eastern Illinois University
Ph.D. University of Illinois
csheu@oakton.edu
847.635.1688
Office: 2180, Des Plaines

Lisa Whitlock
Lecturer
B.A. Northeastern University
M.S. Northeastern University
lwhitloc@oakton.edu
847.635.1688
Office: 2180, Des Plaines

Theresa Wong
Lecturer
B.A. Spalding University
M.A. Northeastern University
twong@oakton.edu
847.635.1688
Office: 2180, Des Plaines

Lynda Zenati
Lecturer
BS Illinois Institute of Technology
MS Northeastern Illinois University
PhD Illinois Institute of Technology
lzenati@oakton.edu
847.635.1688
Office: 2180, Des Plaines

What's Next?

We are glad you are considering attending Oakton Community College. No matter where you are in your decision-making process, we are here to help you with your next steps. Whether you're ready to apply now, need information on paying for college or have questions and want to contact someone, we're here to help.

Mathematics Placement Coordinator

To successfully complete your registration requiring placement by the mathematics assessment coordinator, perform the following steps.

  1. Fill out the online form to indicate which Oakton math classes you are interested in taking.
  2. Fax a copy of your transcripts and other supporting documentation to 847.376.7076 or deliver to the Division of STEM and Health Careers, Des Plaines campus, Room 2180.
  3. Wait until you are contacted by email or phone regarding the status of your request.
  4. Register for your selected courses on campus or online at myOakton.

Please note that your prerequisite clearance for a given Oakton math course does not mean that you are registered for that course. You may need to complete other steps for registration. 

Mathematics Assessment Coordinator
mathplace@oakton.edu
Division of STEM and Health Careers, Room 2180
847.376.7110
Fax: 847.376.7076