Ph.D., M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
B.A., Aurora College
Professor of Mathematics
Steven Lay joined the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Lee University in the fall of 1998. An experienced college instructor, Lay came to Lee from the mission field of Japan, where he had been ministering since 1990.
Prior to his mission work, Lay was a professor for nineteen years at Aurora University in Illinois, where he received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 1985.
His M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics were earned at the University of California at Los Angeles, and his B.A., also in mathematics, was earned at Aurora where he returned to teach in 1971.
Lay’s areas of specialty are analysis and geometry. He teaches math classes at all levels, from developmental to upper division courses for majors.
He has written four books, including three math texts: Principles of Algebra, Convex Sets and their Applications, and Analysis with an Introduction to Proof. The 4th edition of his analysis book became available in the spring of 2005. His newest book, Japanese: Language and Culture, is used as a text in a one-semester introduction to Japanese course that he teaches each spring.
Lay’s work with Dr. Johnny Evans to train local math teachers with his INAT (Improving Numeracy and Algebraic Thinking) program was awarded a major grant in 2007 by the Tennessee Department of Education to fund training to seven school systems in the teaching of mathematics at the middle-school level.
Originally from Pasadena, Calif., Lay and his wife, Ann, have two children: a daughter, BethAnn, who serves as secretary to the director of graduate studies in education at Lee University, and Tim, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in history at Marquette University. Dr. Steven Lay is a choir member at First Baptist Church and enjoys gardening and woodworking as hobbies.