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Gary Stogsdill, MA - Faculty
220 Grove Ave
Prescott, AZ 86303
Academic Statement (Return to top)
Gary is a faculty in the Limited-Residency Undergraduate Program (formerly ADP) who works with both education and liberal arts students. He has been connected to Prescott College for a long time, first as an ADP student in the mid-1980's, then as an administrative instructor in the On-Campus Undergraduate Program (formerly RDP) from 1990 to 2003, and now with the Limited-Residency Undergraduate Program since 2004.
Gary is probably best known for creating and teaching the 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 phobia that too often result from traditional instruction in mathematics.
Gary also created and teaches Science Explorations, a general science 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 course that views wisdom as the primary goal of a successful life and that views a liberal arts education as essential in the pursuit of wisdom.
As a lifelong learner, Gary has many academic interests including humanistic mathematics, general science, wisdom studies, quantum theory, chaos theory, cosmology, ancient mathematics, sacred geometry, philosophy, spirituality, and energy healing.
Background & Experience
Selected Publications (Return to top)
Something New in Math: Serving Liberal Arts Undergraduates with Meaningful Mathematics Pedagogy. October 2011. Presented to Prescott College undergraduate faculty.
Western Philosophy from its Beginnings to the Modern Era: Evaluated with a Focus on its Neglect of Nonrational Ways of Knowing. January 2003. Course reader for Experiential Philosophy.
Research (Return to top)
Continuing to develop existing courses through the following activities: researching current developments in the fields of quantum theory, chaos theory, cosmology, general science, wisdom studies, ancient mathematics, sacred geometry, etc.
Preparing a reader of original essays for Math Explorations.
Researching the evolution of mathematics pedagogy for liberal arts undergraduates away from traditional mathematics and toward humanistic mathematics.
Preparing articles for publication regarding the original content of Math Explorations.
Education (Return to top)
Gary's BA in Elementary Education is from Prescott College's Limited-Residency Undergraduate Program (formerly ADP), where he learned the transformative power of the ADP. His MA in College Education is from Northern Arizona University, where he focused on alternative pedagogies for adult learners. The vast majority of Gary's education has come from self-directed lifelong learning.
Expertise (Return to top)
As a lifelong learner, Gary knows that expertise is a slippery claim; however, his areas of interest are: humanistic mathematics, general science, wisdom studies, quantum theory, chaos theory, cosmology, ancient mathematics, sacred geometry, philosophy, spirituality, and energy healing.
Academic Involvement at Prescott College (Return to top)
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