With a BS in Mathematics, Kimberly M. Childs, PhD, began her career as a secondary mathematics teacher within the Texas public school system. After several years of secondary teaching, she decided to obtain a master’s degree and enter community college-level teaching. As a community college faculty member in mathematics for ten years, she also served as Interim Dean of Academic Affairs. She entered university teaching first at the University of Texas at Tyler and then at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA).
Kimberly is on the faculty in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics as a full professor and is the recipient of various teaching excellence awards, and considers the pinnacle of her research efforts to be the establishment of the SFA STEM Research and Learning Center. She has served as the Dean of the SFA College of Sciences and Mathematics for the past seven-and-a-half years. Over the past 22 years, Kimberly has directed grant-funded projects from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas Education Agency and the National Science Foundation, serving as the Principal Investigator, Co-Principal Investigator, and/or the Project Director for grants totaling over $11 million.