Raegan Higgins

Featured Speaker

EDGE ’02. Co-Director, EDGE Summer Program. Professor in Mathematics, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Success, Texas Tech University.

Raegan Higgins, Ph.D., is an assistant vice provost for Faculty Success. In this role, she develops initiatives, programs, and opportunities specific to inclusion and equity, mentorship, and professional development. Higgins joined the Office of the Provost in 2021 as a Faculty Fellow, where her work focused on barriers to faculty advancement.

As an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Higgins teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in analysis, differential equations, and the calculus of time scales. She is a member of the Teaching Academy at Texas Tech. In the mathematics community, Higgins is an Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) Fellow, a recipient of the AWM Gweneth Humphreys Award for Mentoring, and a recipient of the Texas Section of the Mathematical Association of America with the Ron Barnes Distinguished Service to Students Award.

Higgins’ research focuses on oscillation criteria for dynamic equations on time scales and modeling prostate cancer treatment using the theory of time scales. While also interested in fractional calculus applications, she has a keen interest in increasing the number of women, especially those underrepresented, in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Higgins is a proud alumna of Xavier University of Louisiana, where she graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Mathematics. In 2008, Dr. Higgins was among the first two African Americans to earn a doctoral degree in Mathematics from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

Because of her experience pursuing a STEM graduate degree at a PWI, Higgins understands the importance of creating supportive environments where underrepresented students can thrive. As a result, she builds the STEM pipeline for young people through teaching and mentoring. A recent example is serving as the lead PI of the LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation) Bridges Across Texas Alliance. After assessing the barriers underrepresented minorities face in obtaining baccalaureate STEM degrees at the alliance institutions, Higgins and her team are implementing ways to address these obstacles.

A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Dr. Higgins is an Integrated Scholar at TTU. Nationally, she is a co-director of the Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) Program, a Presidential Award for STEM Mentoring recipient. EDGE aims to strengthen the ability of women students to complete Ph.D. programs in the mathematical sciences and place more women in visible leadership roles in the mathematics community. She participated in the EDGE Summer Session in 2002 and later worked as a workshop facilitator for several years.

Additionally, with fellow EDGErs Erica Graham, Candice Price, and Shelby Wilson, Higgins is a cofounder and cocreator of the website Mathematically Gifted and Black, which highlights the contributions and lives of Black mathematicians. The mathematicians featured have significantly contributed to research, mentoring, and teaching. The American Mathematical Society has recognized the website as a “celebration of the diversity of Black mathematicians, “The National Math Festival describes it as a resource that “provides access to the diverse and dynamic community of black mathematicians.”

Outside work, Higgins is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and a past president of the Lubbock Alumnae Chapter. Higgins and her handsome and supportive husband, Dr. Kamau Oginga Siwatu, professor and chair of Educational Psychology, Leadership, & Counseling at Texas Tech University, are the parents of a sixth grader who is an outstanding goalie and future artist and a fun-loving fourth grader who plays basketball and aspires to be a SWAT officer.