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Taylor Math Professor Mark Colgan Receives Teaching Excellence, Campus Leadership Award

By Meredith Sell Published: Sep 26, 2013

Dr. Mark Colgan

Dr. Mark Colgan, department chair and professor of Mathematics at Taylor University, is the 2013 recipient of the Taylor University Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award.

The Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award is annually presented by Taylor University to a full-time faculty member who has made a distinct difference in the teaching climate of the college in areas such as model classroom teaching, campus leadership, teaching methodology, creative course development, and instructional support.

Colgan joined Taylor faculty in 1992 and has served as both Mathematics Department chair and Science Division associate dean. He has also served as a fellow for the Taylor University Bedi Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence. Colgan teaches a variety of mathematics courses, from Finite Mathematics to Advanced Statistics. He regularly speaks at teaching conferences on ways to actively involve students in mathematical thinking.

“Learning at any level should be active, interesting and fun,” Colgan says in his philosophy of teaching 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.”

Colgan graduated summa cum laude from Anderson University with a Bachelors in Mathematics in 1985. He holds a Masters in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from Indiana University.