Mathematics • Faculty

Margaret Wade, Dean
Office: 125 AHSF, Phone: 685-4615

Brenda Smith, Division Secretary
Office: 124 AHSF, Phone: 685-6413

Michael Dixon, Math Faculty (Program Chair)
Office: 109 AHSF, Phone: 685-4616


Sonia FordSonia Ford, Math Faculty
Office: 115 AHSF, Phone: 685-4525

Sonia Ford is a professor of Mathematics, teaching a variety of courses including developmental mathematics, College Algebra, Precalculus, and Calculus. Her undergraduate degree is from Eastern New Mexico University and has earned a master’s degree in Mathematics from Eastern New Mexico University and a master’s degree in Instructional Technology from Texas Tech University.  She is currently working on her doctorate degree in Instructional Technology from Texas Tech University.   She has a passion for teaching both in class and online and has been teaching at Midland College since 2001.  She has presented at several conferences regarding online mathematics learning and continues to research learning strategies and tools for online course delivery. Outside of her teaching responsibilities and going to school full-time, she enjoys traveling and running. 

Linda PennyLinda Penny, Math Faculty
Office: 106 AHSF, Phone: 685-4622

Linda Penny is a Professor of Mathematics. She has taught at Midland College for fifteen years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with a minor in Biology from Texas A & M University and a master’s degree in Mathematics from Texas A & M University.  Some of the courses Linda teaches are Statistics, College Algebra, Trigonometry, Business Math, and Calculus. During her spare time, she enjoys her grandchildren, traveling and gourmet cooking.

Joseph SeverinoJoseph Severino, Math Faculty
Office: 107 AHSF, Phone: 685-4568

Joseph Severino, an Associate Professor of Mathematics, joined Midland College's full-time math faculty in 2005.  Previously he worked as an adjunct math instructor at Texas Tech University (1998-2001) and Midland College (2002-2005).  Joseph is a native Texan and graduated from Midland Lee High School, later earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Austin College in 1998 and a Master of Science degree in Mathematics from Texas Tech in 2001.  Primarily he teaches the Calculus courses and Differential Equations in addition to an assortment of College Algebra and other freshman level classes.  Joseph sponsors the Midland College Anime Club which meets weekly during the semester.  His other hobbies include reading, gaming, and creating electronic music.

Lori ThomasLori Thomas, Math Faculty
Office: 104 AHSF, Phone: 685-4618

Lori Thomas came to Midland College as an adjunct mathematics instructor in 2006 and became a full-time mathematics instructor in 2009. She grew up in Colorado where she attend Colorado School of Mines for two years before transferring to Metropolitan State College in Denver where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and her secondary teaching certificate in May 1991.  After graduation, she taught high school and community college level math before obtaining a Master of Science Degree in Applied Mathematics with an emphasis on statistics from the University of Central Oklahoma in December 2002. Since then, she has enjoyed teaching at the University of Central Oklahoma, Judson University in Illinois and here at Midland College. Lori has a great husband, 2 wonderful children, and 2 sweet dogs! She loves teaching and spending time with her family!

Melissa McHaleMelissa McHale , Pre-Engineering Faculty

Dr. McHale is an Adjunct Professor in Engineering and Biology and has been a member of the Midland College community since 2011. Prior to coming to Midland College, Dr. McHale worked as a research scientist at Rice University in Houston where her research in the field of biomaterials focused on hydrogels for tissue engineering.  On campus, you may find Dr. McHale teaching Engineering Mechanics (Statics and Dynamics) and Anatomy and Physiology lab.  When she's not teaching, Dr. McHale reviews and edits scientific publications and enjoys spending time with her family.