Academics at Prescott College
Gary Stogsdill, MA
Gary is a faculty in the Limited-Resident Undergraduate delivery model who teaches and advises students in a variety of liberal arts disciplines. He has been connected to Prescott College ever since he was a student in the mid-1980s. He served as an administrative instructor in the Resident Undergraduate delivery model from 1990 to 2003, and has served as a Limited-Resident Undergraduate faculty since 2004.
Gary is probably best known for creating and teaching the popular humanistic math course Math Explorations, a unique holistic approach to mathematics that emphasizes conceptual learning and appreciation of the "big picture" of how mathematics creates beauty and meaning in our lives. This course has also been known to tame the demons of math anxiety that too often result from traditional instruction in mathematics.
Gary also created and teaches Science Explorations, a science appreciation course for liberal arts students that explores the beauty, power, and limitations of the natural sciences. Finally, Gary created and teaches The Pursuit of Wisdom, a philosophy course that views wisdom as the primary goal of a successful life and that views a liberal arts education as essential to the pursuit of wisdom.
As a lifelong learner, Gary has many academic interests including humanistic mathematics, natural sciences, philosophy, spirituality studies, consciousness studies, holistic health, healing arts, and creative interdisciplinary studies. He loves to mentor students individually in all of these areas. If you have interdisciplinary interests that span some of these areas, please feel welcome to contact Gary to help you create just the right degree for you and to help you create the meaningful courses within that degree.
"My passion is working with students to create meaningful interdisciplinary learning that is unique to your interests and that helps you to realize your potential."Gary Stogsdill
Gary's BA in Elementary Education is from Prescott College Limited-Resident Undergraduate, where he learned the transformative power of the Prescott College learning experience. His MA in College Education is from Northern Arizona University, where he focused on alternative pedagogies for adult learners, including mathematics pedagogy. The vast majority of Gary's content education has come from self-directed lifelong learning.
Gary's current scholarly focus is writing a text for The Pursuit of Wisdom that explores the search for meaning and purpose in life.
Those of us who seek wisdom know that expertise is a slippery claim; however, Gary's areas of interest include humanistic mathematics, natural sciences, philosophy, spirituality studies, consciousness studies, holistic health, healing arts, and creative interdisciplinary studies. His passion is helping students create meaningful interdisciplinary learning that is unique to your interests and that helps you to realize your potential.
Stogsdill, Gary (2014). Being Reasonable: Using Brainteasers to Develop Reasoning Ability in Humanistic Math Courses. Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, 4(2).
Stogsdill, Gary (2014). We Can Do It: Experiential Learning Activities in Mathematics Courses for Liberal Arts Undergraduates. Global Journal of Science Frontier Research, 14(3).
Stogsdill, Gary. (2013). A Math Therapy Exercise. Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, 3(2).
Stogsdill, Gary (2013). Something New in Math: Meaningful Mathematics Courses for Liberal Arts Undergraduates. Global Journal of Science Frontier Research, 13(9).
Stogsdill, Gary (2003). Western Philosophy from its Beginnings to the Modern Era: Evaluated with a Focus on its Neglect of Nonrational Ways of Knowing. Course reader for Experiential Philosophy.