Marilyn F. Belwood, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics
Science Center 107
(660) 831-4085

Marilyn Belwood is still trying to decide what she wants to be when she grows up. Although a dancer on the Ed Sullivan Show is no longer an option, she still thinks there are plenty more things to try.

Some of her past activities have included working as a graphic artist, selling bagels, teaching mathematics at several community colleges, competing in road running, working as a market analyst for the Coca-Cola Company, penning calligraphy, serving as a statistical consultant, and cross-country skiing in Oregon. On the face of it, her past interests seem rather disparate. She will tell you, however, that they are all very interrelated and that it's most useful to think of her various past ventures combining in a synergistic fashion.

With a bit of luck in finding a teaching position open when moving back to Missouri, she became a faculty member in the Mathematics/Science division at Missouri Valley College in January 1998. After teaching mathematics and statistics classes at the College for ten years, she refocused her efforts to serve as Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning from 2008 through 2014. In this job, she had the opportunity to explore ways to increase institutional effectiveness and learn all kinds of new stuff. She loves this. Missing the student interaction, however, she returned to the classroom in the spring of 2015.


  • 1997 - PhD, Educational Psychology; Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois; Specialty area: Statistics and Measurement
  • 1990 - BFA, Painting and Drawing; University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
  • 1987 - AA, Graphic Design; Lane Community College, Eugene, Oregon
  • 1978-80 - Over 60 credit hours towards PhD in Biomechanics; University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
  • 1976 - MS, Mathematical Statistics; Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • 1974 - BA, Mathematics;Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri

She is a member of the American Statistical Association.

She was the recipient of the 2007-2008 John McCallum Excellence in Teaching Award.

Personal mission
To learn, love, create, and be useful