Mark Colgan

Dr. Mark Colgan

Mark Colgan

Professor of Mathematics

Office Location: Euler 126
Phone: (765) 998-5369

Specialties: calculus, center for teaching and learning excellence, investigations, mathematics education, statistics


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Taylor University Mathematics Department
236 West Reade Ave.
Upland, IN 46989
(765) 998-5369



Married: Kathy

Children: David, Katie



To serve as a professor at a Christian liberal arts college, helping draw students closer to the purpose in life that God has for them.



Ph.D.   Mathematics Education – IndianaUniversity, Bloomington, Indiana, December 1991.

M.A.    Mathematics – Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, May 1988.

B.A.     Mathematics and Computer Science/ Christian Education – Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana, May 1985. Graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors in Mathematics.



Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, Taylor University, 1992-1998, 1999-present.

Professor of Mathematics - Teach a variety of mathematics and mathematics education courses, advise students, and am involved in various student activities and other areas of service. Classes taught include:

    • MAT 110 Finite Mathematics
    • MAT 110 Correspondence Course
    • MAT 120 Investigations in Math (also online)
    • MAT 130 Algebra/Trigonometry
    • MAT 140 Fundamental Calculus
    • MAT 145/151 Calculus I
    • MAT 201 Math for Elem. Teachers I
    • MAT 202 Math for Elem. Teachers II
    • MAT 210 Intro. Statistics
    • MAT 230 Calculus II
    • MAT 250 Transitional Math
    • MAT 262 Special Problems (TEMP)
    • MAT 280 Math in the Middle Grades
    • MAT 382 Advanced Statistics
    • EDU 312 Math Methods
    • IAS 110 Discussion Group

Associate Professor, Greenville College, 1998-1999.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Anderson University, 1991-92.



  • Science Division Associate Dean, 2006-2008
  • Mathematics Department Chair, 2002-2005, 2009-2013
  • Chair, Faculty Personnel Committee, 2004-2005, 2015-2016
  • Free Methodist Bible Quiz National Co-Director, 1999-2002
  • Free Methodist Bible Quiz Regional Director, 1990-1995, 2007-2008



  • Member of The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
  • Member of The Indiana Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM)
  • Member of the Association for Christians in the Mathematical Sciences (ACMS)
  • Member of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC)
  • Reviewer for the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education
  • Attended the SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagement) summer institute, Butler University, July, 2011.



2015    "Simple and Sustainable Faculty Development Initiatives That Promote Collaboration among All Faculty Members," MathAMATYC Educator, September 2015, Volume 7, Issue 1, 24-26, with Matt DeLong.

2015    "How to Make the NCAA Tourney," Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, February 2015, Volume 20, Issue 6, 384.

2015    "A Teaching Polygon Makes Learning a Community Enterprise," PRIMUS: Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies, Volume 25, Issue 1, 41-49, with Matt DeLong.

2012    NCTM Real World Math online project, lesson plan and activity sheets, a supplement to "March Math Madness: The Mathematics of the NCAA Basketball Tournament" article in Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School (see below). 

2011    "Collaborating to Improve Student Learning: An Interdisciplinary 'Big Idea' Reflection Assignment," Learning Communities Journal, volume 3, with Barb Bird, Jeremy Case, Carol Sisson, and Tricia Stan.

2007    "Breathing Life into the Liberal Arts Math Course: Ten Teaching Tips," Proceedings of the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences, June 2007.

2006    "The Power of Intersecting Circles: A Model for Integrating Mathematics Teacher Knowledge" PMET project summaries online, written with Ron Benbow.

2006    "March Math Madness: The Mathematics of the NCAA Basketball Tournament," Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 11, 334-342.


* AMATYC National Meeting – Nashville, TN (November 13, 2014)

Gave a presentation: "Math is Fun: Ten Ways to Engage Students in an Interactive Classroom."

* Midwest Scholars Conference – Indianapolis, IN (March 13, 2014)

Gave a presentation: "Learning is Fun: Ten Ways to Engage Students in an Interactive College Classroom."

* Taylor University "Technology for Teaching" Conference – Upland, IN (August 15, 2013)

Gave a presentation: "The Flipped Classroom – Restructuring class time to increase student learning."

* Taylor University "Technology for Teaching" Conference – Upland, IN (August 16, 2013)

Gave a presentation: "Searching for Ways to Use iPads in the College Classroom – Come and share your ideas."

* Taylor University Colleague's College faculty conference – Upland, IN (August 22, 2013)

Gave a presentation: "Foundational Core Curriculum: What do we do now?"

* Taylor University "Technology for Teaching" Conference – Upland, IN (August 16-17, 2012)

Gave a presentation: "Discussion on Khan Academy and the Future of Education."

* SNAS School Luncheon (November 15, 2011)

Gave a presentation with colleagues: SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities).

* AMATYC National Meeting – Austin, TX (November 11, 2011)

Gave a presentation: "Making Calculus Come Alive through Group Projects and Activities."

* ACMS National Meeting – Santa Barbara, CA (June 3, 2011)

Gave a presentation: “Encouraging Students to Connect topics in Calculus with Biblical Ideas using weekly Reflection Papers.”

* CTLE Panel Discussion – Taylor University (April 18, 2011)

Served on a panel discussing: "Cooperative Learning Assessment."

* AMATYC National Meeting - Boston, MA (November 12, 2010)

Gave a workshop: "Ten Cooperative Learning Techniques for Building Classroom Communities."

* Taylor University "Technology for Teaching" Conference – Upland, IN (August 19, 2010)

Gave a presentation: “Let a Video…Show Step by Step How to Solve a Problem with LectureScribe.”

* Midwest Scholars Conference – Indianapolis, IN (March 5, 2010)

Gave a presentation with Faye Chechowich, Tracy Hoskins, Jeanne Sigworth, Patricia Stan, and Joseph Pak: “The So-What Factor: Connecting Students to Life Implications in the General Education Core.”

*  Taylor University "Coaching Coffee" – Upland, IN (January 7, 2010)

Led a discussion with Jeremy Case: “Engaging Students with the Big Ideas of a Course.”

* Lilly National Conference on College Teaching – Miami, OH (November 21, 2009)

Gave a presentation with Jeremy Case, Phil Collins, Carol Sisson, and Patricia Stan: “The Big Idea: Reflection Papers on the Big Questions of a Course.”


* Taylor University BCTLE Mini-Grant: "Teaching Critical Thinking SKill" (Summer 2014)

Critical Thinking Classroom Research Study participant (Fall 2014 and Spring 2014 semesters)

* Taylor University Instructional Technology Mini-Grant: "Exploring Technologies for Teaching Mathematics" (Summer 2013)

* Taylor CTLE Civil Rights Trip

Study trip traveling through Alabama and Georgia with 8 TU faculty (May 22-26, 2012)

* Council of Independent Colleges Department Chair Workshop

St. Paul, MN (June 2-4, 2010)

* Taylor University Instructional Technology Mini-Grant: "Using Video Segments to Engage Students in MAT 120 (Investigations in Mathematics)” (Summer 2010)

* Taylor University Learning Community: "The Big Idea: Reflection Papers on the Big Questions of a Course" (Spring 2009)

* Sabbatical Project: Math Labs and Learning Environments (Fall 2009)

* Taylor University Instructional Technology Mini-Grant: "Investigations in Mathematics as a Summer Online Blackboard Course” (Summer 2008)



  • Math Club Co-sponsor
  • Mathematics Department Secretary
  • Educational Issues Seminar Planning Team, Seminar Leader and Secretary
  • Faculty Personnel Committee (FPC), chair
  • University Council for Assessment and Planning (UCAP)
  • Academic Council
  • Science Learning Center Building Project Committee
  • University Planning Council (UPC)
  • SNAS Curriculum Management Committee
  • CTLE Teaching Squares Coordinator
  • CTLE Advisory Board
  • CTLE Faculty Mentor
  • CTLE Fellow 2012-2013
  • University Assessment Council
  • 2013 Taylor University Teaching Excellence and Leadership Award
  • Academic Stewardship Task Force, University Program Review, Summer 2014-Summer 2015
  • AQIP Portfolio Writing Team
  • Honors Guild Faculty Mentor
  • Indiana Wesleyan-Taylor University Math Field Day planning team 


  • Bible Quiz National Co-Director, 1999-2002
  • Delegate to Free Methodist General Conference, 1999
  • Wabash Conference Family Camp Recreation Director, 1992-1994
  • Member of Wesley Free Methodist Church, Anderson, Indiana
    • Administrative Board Member
    • Delegate to Annual Conference
    • Chairman, New Pastor Transition Team
    • Chairman, Strategic Planning Committee
    • Sunday School Teacher
  • Bible Quiz coach and/or quizmaster, 1982-present
  • Bible Quiz regional director, 1990-1995, 2007-2008
  • Directed Free Methodist Bible Quizzing's 50th Anniversary Celebration at Rochester, NY, 2003
  • Bible Quiz National Finals Director of Quizmasters, 2008
  • Bible Quiz National Finals Divisional Leader, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
  • Bible Quiz National Finals Coaches Workshop Leader, 2011



Learning mathematics (at any level) should be active, interesting, and fun. Building on what students already know and using appropriate technology, teachers should give students creative opportunities to experience and value mathematics. Teachers need to ask thought-provoking questions, provide challenging problem situations, and involve students in group activities where they "do" mathematics. The main goals should be helping students learn to think and reason mathematically, to apply mathematics to real-world situations, and to communicate their mathematical thinking to others.