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Betty Mayfield

Professor; Director of the M.S. in Mathematics Education Program

Tel: 301-696-3736
Office: Hodson Science & Technology Center, Room 313
Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. and by appointment


  • M.S., Ph.D., University of Rhode Island
  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Courses taught

  • Virtually every course in the Department of Mathematics
  • Several courses in the Honors Program


Betty Mayfield has taught at Hood since 1979, when she arrived to develop the mathematics program in the Learning Assessment and Resource Center and teach in the Department of Mathematics. She is an Honorary Ion of the College Ionic Society and has received the Mortar Board Excellence in Teaching Award.

Prof. Mayfield is a member of the Mathematical Association of America and has been involved in its activities at both the regional and national levels. She has served most recently as Governor of the MD-DC-VA Section and as national First Vice President.

Research and Teaching Interests
My dissertation examined boundary values for a partial differential equation that describes the propagation of sound underwater. Since coming to Hood, my interests have expanded to include mathematical pedagogy, especially as it relates to young women and their interest in mathematics, and the history of mathematics.

I have supervised summer undergraduate research projects in numerical analysis and in the history of mathematics. I enjoy taking students to conferences and encouraging them to give talks and present posters.