Mark ColganProfessor of Mathematics
- PhD, Mathematics Education, Indiana University (1991)
- MA, Mathematics, Indiana University (1988)
- BA, Mathematics & Computer Science and Christian Education, Anderson University (1985)
Why I Enjoy Teaching at Taylor
I consider it a great blessing to teach at Taylor, because we have many fine students who are striving to become people who can serve others and make a difference in the world. I enjoy the opportunity to see students grow over their time at Taylor and to be a small part of helping them reach their goals.
About Math—many people think math is a boring collection of rules and formulas, but I enjoy helping students see that math is really fun when we look at all the applications to real life and different ways of thinking that math offers. Topics such as infinity, the fourth dimension, and fractals help us see the beauty of mathematics and understand the attributes of God in a deeper way.
I have enjoyed serving as a Bible quiz coach and quizmaster for many years at our local Free Methodist Church. We quiz each season over a book(s) of the Bible, and study about one chapter per week. I enjoy the opportunity to memorize Scripture, something which I also include in my math classes. My family and I are also big basketball and football fans. We follow the Indiana Hoosiers and Indianapolis Colts.
My family and I always enjoy visiting the Smokey Mountains for family vacations. We recently spent a week there with our extended family, when we were chosen to be featured in a new PBS television show called Getting Away Together. We enjoy hiking in the Great Smokey Mountains and other state and national parks.
Major Career Accomplishments
Dr. Colgan has taught in the Mathematics Department at Taylor for twenty years, during which time he has served as department chair and associate dean. As department chair, he has enjoyed leading a special group of mathematics faculty who are outstanding teachers, distinguished scholars, and dedicated servants. As associate dean, he helped give direction to the plans for the new Euler Science Center. He appreciates the outstanding students we have at Taylor, and he enjoys teaching mathematics education courses and also calculus, statistics, and investigations. He often makes professional presentations on ways to involve students in fun activities and projects that build community in the mathematics classroom. He has served in various leadership roles at Taylor, including as a Fellow for the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE). A long-time Bible quiz coach and quizmaster at his church, he is also a member of the Free Methodist Bible Quizzing Hall of Fame.