An Indiana native, Nikki Pitcher, Ph.D., holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Indiana University and a Master of Science in Mathematics from Loyola University Chicago. After moving to Chicago, she continued her education in mathematics by studying algebraic geometry, computer security, number theory and algorithm design. She earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Chicago with a specialization in cryptology and computational number theory in 2009.
Dr. Pitcher began her career at the National Security Agency utilizing her unique mix of skills in mathematics and computer science before returning to Chicago to pursue post-secondary teaching. From 2011 to 2018, she was an adjunct lecturer at Moraine Valley Community College where she has focused her interest on the use of technology in teaching developmental mathematics, statistics, algebra and calculus. These teaching experiences also led her to work with Pearson Education testing their online mathematics content and textbook pedagogy.
In 2016, Dr. Pitcher began teaching mathematics at SXU, including courses such as statistics, cryptography and combinatorics. She has mentored several students through their senior seminar capstone projects. Additionally, Dr. Pitcher is active in Saint Xavier's faculty senate.