Greg Crow, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Crow holds a PhD in Pure Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to doctoral work, he earned an MS in Pure Mathematics from Notre Dame and a BA in Mathematics and Computer Science from Mid-America Nazarene College. While his specialty is differential geometry (minimal surfaces), he works in social science statistics. Dr. Crow has served on several faculty committees and has served as the University's Chief Academic Marshall.

Dr. Crow is a practiced institutional and student researcher with extensive experience using SPSS and Excel. Much of his research concerns PLNU students, the University, and Nazarene pastors. He has conducted analyses of clergy retention. Dr. Crow's expertise is an asset for our honors students — his guidance develops sound statistical analysis in student research projects.

In his free time, Dr. Crow enjoys traveling. He is an avid woodworker and experienced cook.


  • Ph.D., Pure Mathematics (Differential Geometry), University of Notre Dame
  • M.S., Pure Mathematics, University of Notre Dame
  • B.A., Mathematics and Computer Science, Mid-America Nazarene College

Courses Taught

  • Applied Project for Data Science - MTH 2092
  • Calculus I - MTH 1064
  • Calculus II – MTH 1074
  • Calculus III – MTH 2074
  • Calculus and Modeling - MTH 1021
  • Calculus Based Statistics with R – MTH 3063
  • Calculus with Applications – MTH 1044
  • College Algebra - MTH 1013
  • Complex Analysis – MTH 4013
  • Computer Aided Calculus – MTH 1031
  • Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I – MTH2013
  • Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics II – MTH2023
  • Introduction to Statistics – MTH 2003
  • Linear Algebra – MTH 2033
  • Calculus Based Statistics with R - MTH 3063
  • Mathematical Probability and Statistics - MTH 3083
  • Pre-Calculus – MTH 1033
  • Problem Solving – MTH 3003
  • Real Analysis – MTH 4024
  • Senior Seminar - CSC/ISS/MTH 4081
  • Special Topics in Mathematics – MTH 4092
  • Topics in Geometry – MTH 4002

Experience in Field

  • Professor of Mathematics, Tenured – Point Loma Nazarene University, 1992 – Present

Professional and Community Involvement

Professional Memberships:

  • Mathematical Association of America
  • ACMS

Community Involvement:

  • Managing the Essentials of Life. Mission Church of the Nazarene
  • MOC Lipid Screening – Created Time Series Graphs for Poster Presentation. UCSD Department of Pediatrics: Division of Academic General Pediatrics, Child Development and Community Health. August 2015

Awards and Honors

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications


  • Association of Nazarene Sociologists and Researchers (ANSR) Conference: “Millennials and the Church” (Olathe, KS) 19-May to 21-May-2016. We presented a paper on a longitudinal analysis of the “Social Values and Attitudes in the Church of the Nazarene.” The work was based on statistical analysis of Pastor’s and Lay Member surveys given in 1996, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016. Ron Benefiel, Greg Crow and Kenneth Crow.
  • G. Crow and M. Zack, Undergraduate Research and Service Learning Projects Developed from Institutional Research Questions, Joint Mathematics Meeting, San Francisco, CA. January, 2010.


  • Maria Zack & Greg Crow: Service Learning Projects Developed from Institutional Research Questions, PRIMUS: Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies, 23:6 (June 2013) 550-562.