The Mississippi College professor and Pearl resident Deborah Woodall is retiring this Spring after nearly four decades of splendid service on the Clinton campus. Teaching computer science and mathematics at her alma mater for thirty-nine years was a perfect fit for the Pearl resident. “I could not have asked for more special coworkers or a more wonderful employer,” Woodall said. “I’ve had so many wonderful students.”
Her career began as a Pearl Junior High math instructor in 1974 and by 1980-81, she taught the subject at Pearl High School.
Woodall joined the Mississippi College faculty in 1981. Advising students and campus duties were always priorities. She’s been the co-leader of Freshman Experience groups, assisted in MC Science and Math Tournaments and served as treasurer of the university’s Faculty Club since 2008.
She’s taught math courses from Trigonometry to Calculus II. Her computer science classes ranged from BASIC language to computer architecture. Deborah is a former member of the Mississippi Teachers of College Mathematics. In addition, Woodall conducts Basic Computer Skills workshops for the Clinton community. She is a Phi Mu Epsilon Honor Society member.
“Professor Woodall has helped many students (often from non-STEM majors) to make sense of the logical thinking and problem solving that studying mathematics provides,” says John Travis, chair of the Mathematics Department.
Woodall helped construct the university’s original computer science curriculum decades ago. Computer science professor Glenn Wiggins praises his colleague and friend with these words, “MC owes her a debt of gratitude for her tireless efforts over almost four decades.”
The Pearl Resident's connections to MC run deep. She earned her bachelor’s in mathematics at Mississippi College in 1974 after three years as the department’s student worker grading papers and tutoring classmates. Woodall earned a master’s of education in the subject at MC in 1978. Deborah also received a master’s in computer science education at the University of Evansville in Indiana in 1983.