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Meet David W. Scott

  • M.A. in Mathematics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.A. in Mathematics, Pomona College

The son of a Ripon College chemistry professor and associated with the college since 1962, I’ve worked with students since 1980. I served as men’s soccer coach from 1980-1995, left that when I was Director of Coaching Education for the Wisconsin Soccer Association to be assistant coach for 25 years at Marian University, and have now returned as assistant coach here. However, I began teaching part-time in the math department in 1982 and have taught full-time since 1984. In addition, for more than 20 years I have taught a fencing course for the college. I have also played trombone many semesters in the college jazz ensemble or the college orchestra.

For much of my time here our department had a philosophy that we should all be able to teach essentially any of the courses we offer in mathematics, and I have taught all of them multiple times with only a couple of exceptions. I have also taught a large number of courses in computer science over the years, developing our first courses in artificial intelligence and algorithms, as well as teaching programming in a variety of languages. I particularly like teaching courses in discrete math, algebraic structures, and geometry and topology (my area of study in graduate school), but I always teach the course in secondary teaching methods. I have great interest in education, and have served for 20 years on the Ripon school board. I am especially interested in students who want to be teachers at any level.


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Three words that best describe your teaching style: I would say challenging, personal, and flexible.
Three words that best describe your teaching style: I would say challenging, personal, and flexible.
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What is your teaching philosophy in 8 words or fewer? Help students learn to think and learn independently.
What is your teaching philosophy in 8 words or fewer? Help students learn to think and learn independently.

Icon for: What is something you've experienced that makes Ripon College special? Ripon College has a more friendly and personal atmosphere than almost any other place I have worked - or studied at - and I think that is what makes it special in my mind.

What is something you’ve experienced that makes Ripon College special? Ripon College has a more friendly and personal atmosphere than almost any other place I have worked – or studied at – and I think that is what makes it special in my mind.



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