Mark Colgan

Faculty & Staff

                     

Dr. Mark Colgan

Mathematics Department

 

     
     

Professor of Mathematics

Office Location: Euler 126
Phone: (765) 998-5369
Email: mrcolgan@tayloru.edu

Specialties: mathematics education, calculus, statistics, investigations, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence

 

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MARK D. COLGAN

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

 

PERSONAL - FAMILY

Married: Kathy

Children: David, Katie

 

CAREER OBJECTIVE

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.

 

EDUCATION    

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.

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

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 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.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE

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

 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

  • 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)
  • Member of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE)
  • Reviewer for the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education
  • Served as a volunteer for the Local Arrangements Committee for the NCTM annual national conference, April 2011, in Indianapolis, Indiana. 
  • Attended the SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagement) summer institute, Butler University, July, 2011.

 

PUBLICATIONS & PAPERS

2010    “Collaborating to Improve Student Learning: Faculty across the Disciplines Create a ‘Big Idea’ Reflection Assignment,” conditionally accepted for publication in the Learning Communities Journal, summer 2010, with Barb Bird, Jeremy Case, Carol Sisson, and Tricia Stan.

2010    NCTM Connections Components online project, submitted for possible publication to supplement "March Math Madness: The Mathematics of the NCAA Basketball Tournament" article in Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School (see below).

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.

2001    "The top ten web sites chosen by our students," Indiana Mathematics Teacher, 16, (spring/summer 2001, written with Ron Benbow).

2001    "Mathematics memory verses: weekly devotionals for math class," Proceedings of the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences, (June 2001).

1998    "Simple open-ended projects with a graphing calculator," Indiana Mathematics Teacher, 12, (spring/summer 1998).

1998    "Departmental Review: Mathematics Department Taylor University," Interterm/Spring 1998.

1997    "Strategic Planning Committee Final Report" to the Board of Administration, Wesley Free Methodist Church, July 1997.

1996    "Finite Mathematics Correspondence Course," Taylor University Institute of Extended Learning.

1995    "Why do students make so many errors in finite mathematics?" Unpublished paper.

1995    "A classification system for students' errors in mathematical problem solving." Unpublished paper.

1991    An analysis of problem-solving errors made throughout a college-level finite mathematics course. Doctoral Dissertation, Indiana University.

 

PRESENTATIONS

* 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 Faculty Enrichment Luncheon – Upland, IN (November 12, 2009)

Gave a presentation with Jeremy Case, Phil Collins, Carol Sisson, and Patricia Stan: “What is a Learning Community and What Did it Do?”

 

* Sabbatical Reports from Taylor Faculty – Upland, IN (September 10, 2009)

Gave a brief presentation: “Pictures from Sabbatical Trips: Ideas for Classrooms, Interaction Areas, and Math Labs.”

 

* ACMS National Meeting – Wheaton, IL (May 28, 2009)

Gave a presentation: “Pictures from Sabbatical Trips: Ideas for Classrooms, Interaction Areas, and Math Labs.”

 

* Midwest Scholars Conference – Indianapolis, IN (March 6, 2009)

Gave a presentation: "Best Practices for Cooperative Learning: Ten Techniques for Building Classroom Community.”

 

* AMATYC National Meeting - Washington, DC (November 21, 2008)

Gave a presentation: "March Math Madness: The Mathematics of the NCAA Basketball Tournament."

 

* Taylor University Colleagues College – Hartford City, IN (August 20, 2008)

Gave a presentation: "Best Practices for Cooperative Learning: Ten Techniques for Building Classroom Community.”

 

* Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) Conference -Tulsa,OK

(Jan. 26, 2008) Gave a presentation with Ron Benbow: "The Power of Connections: Integrating Content and Pedagogical Knowledge in a New Middle Grades Math Course."

 

* Taylor University "Technology for Teaching" Conference –Upland, IN (August 16, 2007)

Participated in a panel presentation: "How Turning Point is being used in TU Classrooms."

 

* ACMS National Meeting –Grantham, PA(June 1, 2007)

Gave a presentation: “Breathing Life into the Liberal Arts Math Course: Ten Teaching Tips.”

 

*Taylor University "Technology for Teaching" Conference –Upland, IN (August 21, 2006)

Gave a presentation: "Adding New Life to an Old Class with Technology: Math for Elementary Teachers (MAT 201)."

 

* Preparing Mathematicians to Educate Teachers (PMET) Conference -Kent,OH(June 3, 2006)

Gave a presentation with Ron Benbow: "Exploring the Challenges of Designing a Program for Middle Grades Mathematics Licensure."

 

* NCTM National Meeting -St. Louis,MO(April 27, 2006)

Gave a presentation: "March Math Madness: The Mathematics of the NCAA Basketball Tournament."

 

*ICTM State Meeting -Indianapolis, IN (October 17, 2005)

Gave a presentation: "March Math Madness: The Mathematics of the NCAA Basketball Tournament."

 

*Ft. Wayne Dean's Conference -Ft. Wayne, IN (February 18, 2005)

Gave a presentation with Matt DeLong: "Sharing our Teaching Biographies."

 

*ICTM State Meeting -Indianapolis, IN (October 18, 2004)

Gave a presentation: "Activities and Projects to Make Calculus Fun."

 

*Taylor University Colleagues College -Pokagon State Park (August 2004)

Gave a presentation with Matt DeLong: "Numerical Patterns in Nature: Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Ratio."

 

*ICTM State Meeting -Indianapolis, IN (October 12, 2003)

Gave a presentation with Ron Benbow: "Fun and Versatile Games for Achieving Indiana Math Standards."

 

*Taylor University Colleagues College -Ft.Wayne, IN (August 29, 2003)

Gave a presentation with Gary Friesen: "Balancing the Call."

 

*Taylor University Colleagues College -Upland, IN (August 28, 2003)

Gave a presentation with Matt DeLong: "Activities for Developing a Philosophy of Teaching."

 

* NCTM Regional Meeting -Indianapolis, IN (January 23, 2003)

Gave a presentation: "March Math Madness: The Mathematics of the NCAA Basketball Tournament."

 

* ACMS National Meeting -Grand Rapids,MI(June 2, 2001)

Gave a presentation: “Mathematics Memory verses: Weekly Devotionals for Math Class.”

 

* Eastbrook Community Schools In-service Day - Mathews, IN (April 11, 2001)

Gave a presentation with Ron Benbow to the Matthews Elementary teachers: “Number Sense and Computation Activities for Fun and Understanding.”

 

* AMATYC National Meeting-- Chicago, IL (November 9, 2000)

Gave a presentation: "Fun with Finite Mathematics: Activities and Projects."

 

*ICTM State Meeting --Indianapolis, IN (November 5, 2000)

Gave a presentation: "Fun with Finite Mathematics: Activities and Projects."

 

* ACSI Meeting --South Bend, IN (October 5, 2000)

Gave a presentation: "Fun Waysto Involve Students in Activities and Projects for Pre-Calculus and Calculus."

           

*ICTM State Meeting --Indianapolis,IN (November 9, 1998)

Gave a presentation with Ron Benbow: "Internet Resources and Communication in Mathematics Teacher Education."

 

* NCTM Regional Meeting --Louisville,KY (October 15, 1998)

Gave a presentation with Ron Benbow: "Internet Resources and Communication in Mathematics Teacher Education."

 

* NCTM Regional Meeting --Memphis,TN (October 25, 1997)

Gave a presentation: "Fun with Calculus Doing Activities and Projects."

 

* NCTM Regional Meeting --South Bend,IN (October 31, 1996)

Gave a presentation: "Exploring Calculus with Projects, Labs, and Cooperative Learning Activities" and took threeTaylorstudents with me to serve as student hosts.

 

* ACMS Conference --Taylor University (May 31-June 3, 1995)

Gave a presentation with Ron Benbow on the Taylor Math Lab, and served on a panel discussing "Teaching the Dreaded Liberal Arts Mathematics Course."

 

*ICTM State Meeting --Indianapolis, IN (October 7, 1994)

Gave a presentation: "Capitalizing on Students' Problem-Solving Errors in Finite Mathematics."

 

* MAA Indiana Section--Indiana University at Kokomo (Oct. 16, 1993)

Gave a presentation: "The Nature of Problem-Solving Errors in Finite Mathematics."

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SHORT COURSES & PROJECTS

* 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)

 

* Taylor University Instructional Technology Mini-Grant: "Adding New Life to an Old Class with Technology: Math for Elementary Teachers--MAT 201" (Summer 2006)

 

*Taylor University Challenge Grant: "Internet Resources and Communication in Mathematics Education" with Ron Benbow (Summer 1997)

 

* Reform Calculus Workshop -- Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN  (June 4-5, 1997)

 

* Calculus Reform Workshop: "An Active Approach with Projects" -- Northern Kentucky University  (July 9-14, 1995)

 

* Project CALC (Calculus As a Laboratory Course) Chautauqua Course --University of Dayton  (May 22-24, 1995)

 

*Christian College Coalition "The Use of Scripture in Teaching the Liberal Arts" --Calvin College  (October 7-9, 1993)

 

* National Science Foundation Project "Preparing Elementary Teachers to Teach Mathematics" --IndianaUniversity (Research Assistant 1989-91)

 

SERVICE TO THE UNIVERSITY

  • Correspondence Course Grader for CALL
  • Community Life Committee
  • Skills Proficiency Committee
  • Math Club Co-sponsor
  • Math Field Day Co-sponsor
  • Mathematics Department Secretary
  • Mathematics Department Sophomore Dinner & Freshman Dinner
  • Mathematics Department Alumni Newsletter
  • Wing Hook-Up
  • Taylor Family Dinners
  • Summer Honors Program
  • After-School Math Tutoring Coordinator
  • Student Teacher Supervisor
  • Taylor Eastbrook Mathematics Project (TEMP)
  • Taylor University-East Allen County Schools Partnership
  • Educational Issues Seminar Planning Team Secretary
  • Founding Taylor University Poster Contest Committee and judge
  • Faculty Personnel Committee (FPC), chair
  • Forman Award (Research) Committee
  • Honorary Doctorate Committee
  • University Council for Assessment and Planning (UCAP)
  • Academic Council
  • Teacher Education Committee
  • Taylor University Colleagues College Planning Committee
  • Science Learning Center Building Project Committee
  • Sabbatical Projects: Updating TU Math Lab and collecting facilities information
  • SNAS Distinguished Lecture and Teaching Award Committees
  • University Planning Council (UPC)
  • SNAS Educational Issues Seminar Committee
  • SNAS Curriculum Management Committee
  • CTLE Teaching Squares Coordinator
  • CTLE Advisory Board
  • University Planning Council (UPC) Task Force on Online Learning
  • CTLE Faculty Mentor
  • General Education Committee
  • Writing Center Contest Judge
  • CTLE Fellow

 

SERVICE TO THE CHURCH

  • Bible Quiz National Co-Director, 1999-2002
  • Published a newsletter The Free Methodist Quizzer and monthly e-mail update.
  • 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
  • Bible Quiz National Finals Coaches Workshop Leader, 2011

 

PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING MATHEMATICS

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.