Faculty Profile

Richard Darnell

Richard Darnell

Adjunct Instructor/Math Tutoring Services Supervisor

Office: Math 004C
Email: Richard.Darnell@mso.umt.edu
Office Hours:

Online (Zoom): F 12:30 to 2 pm (Personal Meeting Room)

In Person: T 12:30 to 2:30 pm
                 WF 12:30 to 2 pm

And by appointment. Email or call.


Current Position

Adjunct Mathematics Instructor
Mathematics Learning Center Coordinator
Scientific Teaching Mentor


  • M105: Contemporary Mathematics
  • M115: Probability and Linear Mathematics
  • EDU497: 5-12 Mathematics Pedagogy

Previous UM classes taught

  • Math 121: College Algebra
  • Math 132: Number and Operations for Elementary School Teachers
  • Math 133: Geometry and Measurement for Elementary Teachers
  • Math 234: Higher Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers

Personal Summary

I am a native of the Kansas City area, who left soon after college to head west. The first stop was east central Wyoming, where I met my wife Jane. After more than 25 years of marriage, we've traveled the intermountain west with our two daughters and various pets as Jane has advanced in her career with the US Forest Service. This is our second tour of duty through Missoula -- the first being more than 20 years ago -- and it has been quite enjoyable to see how the town has changed and evolved over the intervening years.


  • Kansas State University (Mass Communications/Radio-TV), B.S. 1988
  • Regis University (Mathematics), B.A. 2004
  • Chadron State College (Mathematics Education), M.A. 2012


National Institute for Scientific Teaching (Yale Univ), Scientific Teaching Fellow and Mentor
Regis University, Magna Cum Laude, 2004

Teaching Experience

  • University of Montana 2016-Present
  • Western Nebraska Community College 2008-2016
  • Eastern Wyoming College 20012-2014
  • Laramie County (Wyo.) Community College 2006-2008, 2012-13
  • Chadron State College (Neb.) 2010-11
  • Chadron Public Schools (Neb.) 2008-2010
  • Laramie County Public Schools (Wyo.) 2001-2004, 2007-2008
  • Liberty Common (Colo.) Charter School 2006-2007


I'm an avid bike commuter who would like to spend more time touring and camping on two wheels. When I'm not riding, I do a fair amount of "wrenching" on our family fleet of cycles, including doing maintenance and rebuilding work for friends as well. My wife and I also enjoy spending time hiking, camping, and floating when we can find the time and opportunities.

Other time is spent playing harmonica and ukulele for our granddog and in the occassional "hootenanny" jam sessions, and trying to keep on my goal of reading at least one book a month.