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Department of

Mathematics and Computer Science

Jack Pope

Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science

Jack W. Pope, Ph. D., has been a member of the faculty since 1972.  He served as director of Academic Computing Services at the university from 1982 until 2006.  Pope concentrates on lower division undergraduate courses – specifically College Algebra and Introduction to Computer Programming.  His research interests include measuring the impact of technology in teaching and how that varies by discipline.

Education

Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Mathematics
M.S., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Mathematics
B.A., College of the Holy Cross, Mathematics

Scholarly and Creative Work

As an outgrowth of his career in academic technology support services, Pope's research in recent years has primarily focused on the use of technology in higher education.  He has authored or co-authored a number of papers on how technology is used (or not) in higher education and how different disciplines view the use and value of technology in teaching through the prism of the professional discipline.  He is also interested in the broad concept of learning spaces – both virtual and physical -- and how technology impacts learning.

Teaching Interests

Pope has taught a variety of courses at USD, though until his return to full time teaching, he concentrated on a computer science course for non majors.  Most recently he concentrates on lower division mathematics courses – particularly college algebra – as well as the computer science course.  With respect to the mathematics courses, he is particularly interested in using tools that help illustrate and facilitate the understanding of mathematical concepts at the lower division level.  Finally, he continues to teach training courses for the information technology services area – mainly in the area of data base management.