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Margaret M. Poston

Position: Associate Director of Quantitative Initiatives Department: University College and Lifelong Learning

Contact Info

Office: Student Success Center at Hill Hall, 220 Phone: 336-750-2486 Fax: 336-750-3169


Mrs. Margaret M. Poston, mathematics major, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in May of 1975. She continued at UNCG and earned a Master of Education (with a concentration in mathematics) degree in 1977. While working on her masters, she taught mathematics courses at UNCG.

Mrs. Poston began working at Winston-Salem State University in August of 1977. During the first year, she was employed in the Supplemental Education Program (SEP), but she kept close ties with the Department of Mathematics. The Supplemental Education Program offered tutoring and monitored students’ academic progress.

After Mrs. Poston’s first year at WSSU, she taught full-time in the Department of Mathematics until June of 2000. During this time, she taught Basic Mathematics, Basic Algebra, Topics of Math, College Mathematics I, Principles of Mathematics (Teacher Preparation), and Freshmen Seminar.

Mrs. Poston was a very effective mathematics instructor. She received certificates from the department for her teaching, and in 1996, she won the John Fountain Master Teaching Award. She has served on the Faculty Teaching Awards Committee for the past 18 years.

During the summer of 2000, Mrs. Poston was asked to serve as the interim chair of the Department of Mathematics. She kept this position until June of 2004. In addition to performing the administrative duties of interim chair, she was instrumental in the successful accreditation of the Secondary Mathematics Education Program. The approval process was administered by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and also by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI). While serving as interim chair, Mrs. Poston taught Fundamentals of Mathematics (presently Topics in Contemporary Mathematics).

While serving as the Special Assistant to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from July 2004 until June 2013, Mrs. Poston continued to teach in the Department of Mathematics. Presently, while in the position of Associate Director of Quantitative Initiatives, she continues to have rapport with the Department of Mathematics. Not only is she teaching a course in the department, but she is also serving as a mentor to the developmental mathematics students.

Over the 37 years of Mrs. Poston’s employment at Winston-Salem State University, she has served on many departmental and university committees, including search committees; attended many workshops, seminars, conferences, and training sessions; and served as advisor to student organizations. She was the advisor to the Class of 1992, the Centennial Class of Winston-Salem State University.

Educational Background

  • BS in Mathematics, 1975, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • MEd in Education (Concentration in Mathematics), 1977, University of North Carolina at Greensboro