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Math Professor Says It's About Relationship

Tanner Auch
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When thinking of a professor with a PhD in mathematics, people tend to conjure images of giant blackboards and the professor filling them at lightning speed with complicated equations. With Tanner Auch (’04), assistant professor of mathematics, there’s so much more to his role than holing up in a classroom. He’s planning classes, making sure his kids make it to daycare on time, walking the dog, and spending time with his students at Oklahoma Baptist University.

“It's really fun to get to build relationships with the students in and out of classes, especially considering the stage of life they are in,” Tanner says. “On Fridays before I leave school, a group of students and I often get together to play some board games.” 

After graduating from MNU, Tanner moved to California and taught at a Christian K-12 school, then went to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, earning both a master’s and doctorate in mathematics. It wasn’t always an easy road, but his education at MNU gave him a strong start.

“I was well-prepared, both to teach math and enter graduate school, after MNU,” he says. “And without those experiences in my life, I have no idea where I'd be now nor what I'd be doing. My MNU professors are still willing to give me advice, references, or they're great to just talk with.”

As for the future? Now that he’s a dad, in his dream job, his goals are pretty straightforward.

“I feel pretty accomplished in successfully helping to keep our kids alive and relatively happy as long as we have," he says. "My ultimate goal would be to successfully guide our kids to love the Lord and desire to have and grow in a relationship with Him through their lives, dedicating all they have to Him.”

Fun facts

  • Makes a mean crème brulee
  • Loves to introduce people to new board/card games
  • Current hobby is catching up with his daughter’s favorite TV shows together

 

 

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