Faculty & Staff Profiles

Name:  Beth Greene Costner
Title:  Dean of the College of Education, Sport, and Human Sciences; Professor
Education:  Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Office:  106 Withers/W.T.S. Building
Phone:  803/323-2151
E-mail:  costnerb@winthrop.edu   
Area(s): Mathematics Content Development of Teachers

Dr. Costner completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Kentucky and became a classroom teacher in 1992. After teaching middle school mathematics for six years, she focused her efforts on working with prospective teachers in mathematics content courses and joined the Winthrop faculty in 2001.

She served as chair of the Department of Mathematics from 2008 to 2014, Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences from 2011 to 2015, and became Associate Dean in the College of Education, Sport, and Human Sciences in 2015.

Her professional work is focused on supporting the needs of the college, preparing teachers for the content demands of the classroom, and leading college assessment initiatives. One of the joys of her professional work is involvement with recruitment and retention efforts across college programs. Further, as one of the principle investigators of the Winthrop Initiative for STEM Education (WISE) Program, Dr. Costner is working to recruit, retain, and support teachers in mathematics and science that are willing to teach in high-need schools. (www.winthrop.edu/wise)

A native of Kentucky, Dr. Costner and her husband, also a Winthrop faculty member, now live in York County. Since both are mathematics educators, they spend too much time talking about mathematics and education. However, together they also enjoy free time focused on travel, family, reading, and their family of cats.

Don’t be surprised if you see Dr. Costner in the West Center or walking on campus. Make sure you stop, introduce yourself, and get to know her better; however--be prepared--because you may have to talk about basketball, music, or the book you are currently reading.