Dr. Greg A. Baugher
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Department of Informatics and Mathematics
- B.S., Tennessee Temple University, 1983
- M.S., State University of New York at Binghamton, 1999
- Ph.D., Mercer University, 2012
After many years of successful secondary math teaching and five years of college math teaching, Dr. Baugher was hired by Mercer’s College of Professional Advancement to help students make sense of mathematics. Dr. Baugher views mathematics as a structure in which foundational concepts, like lower-level stones in the structure, must be established and strengthened in order for one to build new concepts upon this foundation. He aims to help students fill in the learning gaps and then establish new concepts so they see the underlying reasoning and interrelationships in the math content. Although he sees usefulness in technology to help visualize or demonstrate important mathematical processes or provide convenient and timely homework feedback or quiz delivery, he feels it is the teacher’s connection and communication with the student that best provides the medium to deliver essential instruction and to facilitate the repairing and building of cognitive schemata.
Dr. Baugher’s current focus includes helping adult learners in foundational mathematics, especially in helping them learn algebra problem-solving, while using and evaluating various approaches towards this goal. He also continues to fine-tune and enhance his introductory statistics curriculum taught over an 8-week session, a particular challenge in the accelerated program of our college. And recently, Dr. Baugher is seeking to grow in his skills with object-oriented programming (in Java and other languages) and to pursue a M.S. in Software Systems to enable and support future teaching of related courses and the development of software to facilitate learning in foundational mathematics.
Research and professional interests
Mathematics, Curriculum Development, Instructional Technology, Object-oriented Programming
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