Dr. James D. Bowling
Department of Mathematics
One of the things Dr. James Bowling tries to remember is…to remember.
After all, as the English poet Martin Tupper once wrote, “What is wisdom without memory?”
“I try to stay as in touch with my audience – the students – as much as possible,” said Bowling, recipient of the 2012 Ben and Janice Wade Outstanding Teaching Award. “That is, I try to remind myself of the types of questions I had when I was seeing this material for the first or second time. After spending such a huge chunk of your life studying and living with your subject, it is easy to forget what it was like when you knew very little about it.”
Bowling, a native of Huntsville, Ala., who now lives in Charlottesville, Va., and commutes to Bridgewater, earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1994 from Oglethorpe University, his master’s from Wake Forest University in 1996 and his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in May 2002. Almost from the start, he had his eye on a career in teaching.
“The teachers in my life played such an important role in my education and growth as a person,” Bowling said. “I wanted the opportunity to do that for others and to ‘pay it forward,’ so to speak.”
Bowling taught as an instructor of statistics and calculus at the University of Virginia from 1997 until 2001 and came to Bridgewater College in 2002. Among the courses he teaches are college algebra, introductory statistics, pre-calculus, calculus, geometry, real analysis, history of mathematics, theoretical statistics and senior seminar in mathematics.
In addition to writing for professional publications, Bowling has been awarded the DuPont Fellowship, the Pratt Fellowship and a Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Grant. He is also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Society.
“We do what we do as teachers because we love it and we believe in it.Having the opportunity to take part in the education, growth and development of a person is a privilege each of us is thankful for and one that we take very seriously, whether or not any public accolades accompany it in the end,” said Bowling.