Rebecca L. Baranowski

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Mathematics Faculty
 Phone: 623.935.8596
 Location: MON 241


M.A. Mathematics
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
B.S. Math Education
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

I have been at EMCC since August 2002 and primarily teach Calculus I, II, III and Differential Equations. Outside of teaching, I am a home body and love to be with my husband of 12 years and our 3 rowdy (and wonderful) kids.  I am obsessed with the Harry Potter books and anything to do with this series.  =)

Genearl Teaching Philosophy:

My classes are a mix of active learning along with lecture.  For courses such as college algebra, trigonometry, and calculus I, I have students learn the material through a discovery based approach along with using lecture.  Students may watch videos outside of class and bring what they learned to class and teach each other.  Hands-on activities may be used to teach the concept to each other.  For calculus II, III and differential equations - more of a lecture style with integrated activities with some self teaching is done in class. Some students do not like the active learning style with little lecture, but I have found (through many years of teaching) that student's understanding and my passing rates have gone up.  My expectations for students are high because I expect the best from them.  Note:  Expectations are within reason and doable.  

Classes I regularly teach:

  • MAT220/221:  Calculus I
  • MAT230:  Calculus II
  • MAT241:  Calculus III
  • MAT276:  Differential Equations


Academic Interests 
Over the years, I have become more and more involved with learning about physics and engineering. I love learning how to incorporate materials in these courses into my classroom. Most of my students are STEM majors and want to know why they are learning math and how they will use it in their engineering, physics, chemistry, and computer science courses. I am always learning more from my colleagues and students about how they see math in their science classes and what I can do to incorporate this into my class. I also have a passion with helping students find internships and scholarships. I don't want to just be "another math teacher", I also want to be a mentor to those that want additional help.
College Service 
2014-Present: Faculty mentor for probationary faculty
Summer 2013: Internship with Arid Land and Agricultural Research Center
2012- Present: Engage Estrella Mentor
2011- Present: STEM Task Force member
2009-May 2015: Academic Issues Team and Leadership Council member
2009 - May 2015: Math, Physics and Engineering Division Chair
2004 - Present: All USA Scholarship Committee
2005 - 2009, 2015-Present: Student Academic Achievement Committee rep for division
August 2016 - Current: Student Academic Achievement Co-Chair
District Service 
ALEKS Implementation Team
Modular Math Placement Exam
Publications & Intellectual Contributions 

April 2017: Presentation at the Higher Learning Commission - Changing Tack: Sailing Toward The Inclusive Future of Assessment

March 2015:  Presentation at League for Innovation -  STEM Initiatives:  Learning Community between Calculus and Physics

May 2015:  Presentation at Technology Conference - Labs in Math Classroom:  Utilizing Vernier Equipment



Classes Current Teaching
Name Title Term Days Times/Dates
MAT182 View class details for Plane Trigonometry (MAT182)Plane Trigonometry FAL17 TR 10:00am - 11:15am
AUG 22 - DEC 15
MAT231 View class details for Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (MAT231)Calculus with Analytic Geometry II FAL17 MWF 7:30am - 8:40am
AUG 21 - DEC 15
MAT276 View class details for Modern Differential Equations (MAT276)Modern Differential Equations FAL17 TR 7:40am - 9:20am
AUG 22 - DEC 15