Dr. Cheryl Nilsen

Professor of Mathematics Education(1992)

Office: 316 Model Hall
Email: cheryl.nilsen@minotstateu.edu
Phone: (701) 858-3106

BA: Physics; Speech/Theatre minor – Concordia College, Moorhead, MN,
MAT: Mathematics – Minot State University
Undergraduate Major: Computer Science – Minot State University
Ed. D.: Curriculum & Instruction with Mathematics minor – Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

Cheryl Nilsen is a mathematics professor at Minot State University with a focus on mathematics education. She teaches the secondary mathematics teaching methods course as well as some of the mathematics for elementary teachers. In the past, she developed and taught most of the coursework in the elementary/middle school mathematics concentration for the M. Ed. degree at Minot State University. A native of Minot, ND, Dr. Nilsen brings a broad range of experiences that enhance her teaching. They include 19 years of teaching experience at the secondary level and 27 years in higher education.

Professional experiences include service as an NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) Board of Examiners member on 11 national accreditation site visits and more recently as a national site visitor for CAEP (Council for Accreditation of Education Programs). Dr. Nilsen has also served on the board and as the president of both the North Dakota Speech and Theatre Association (now CSTAND) and the North Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Not one to be satisfied with focusing on academics, Cheryl participates in a variety of activities in the arts. Her love of singing has been channeled to performance opportunities with a variety of groups including the Minot Chamber Chorale, Western Plains Opera, church choir, and Delta Kappa Gamma Nu Notes. Her work in theatre has included directing and/or acting in productions for community theatre, high school play competitions, and children’s theatre. Cheryl also regularly provides support for high school speech competitions by doing meet and event scheduling, judging, and results tabulation. All of these experiences have facilitated and enhanced her teaching career.