Faculty in Residence

Professor Scot Douglas, Ph.D

EHP Founder, Director, and Faculty in Residence

In 2006, Professor Dr. Scot Douglass was chosen to develop and direct the Engineering Honors Program. He set in motion what in 2009 became the Andrews Hall Residential College and was the first faculty member to live on campus since the late 19th century.  

Scot’s Background

Born and raised the son of an electrical engineer in Chicago, he studied genetics as an undergraduate with minors in Chemistry, Physics and Math (University of Arizona), theology as a master’s student (Dallas Seminary), and earned his Ph.D in comparative literature (CU-Boulder).

Professor Douglass has enjoyed teaching in the Herbst Program for Ethics, Engineering & Society since 1995, currently teaching classes in and outside of Andrews.  Very concerned with the art of teaching, Scot attempts to make his classes productive, interactive learning spaces within which students wrestle with the texts, each other and him. 

His experience also includes teaching chemistry and physics in a private high school; theology and literature at a college in Ghana, West Africa; and literary thinking classes for professional engineers at Hewlett-Packard facilities in Loveland and Fort Collins.

Research Areas

Committed to making literature and philosophy both accessible and relevant, Scot’s research interests are in philosophical hermeneutics (how texts mean what they mean), language’s ability to communicate meaning, the Classical tradition and the intersections of literature, philosophy, psychology and theology in 19th and 20th-century literature.

He has published numerous articles and co-edited two volumes on reading ancient texts. His first book, Theology of the Gap: Cappadocian Language Theory and the Trinitarian Controversy, explores theories of language (primarily those of the Cappadocian Fathers) surrounding the fourth-century Trinitarian controversy and their relationship to twentieth-century theories of hermeneutics as articulated by Heidegger, Ricoeur, Vattimo and Derrida. He is currently finishing a book on Dostoevsky. 

“There is something both unique and gratifying in being able to sit down with a small group of bright engineering students and explore great expressions of the human spirit… to listen to engineering students wrestle together over the serious questions of our existence.”

– Professor Douglass

Teaching Awards

In addition to two Marinus G. Smith Awards, conferred by New Student and Family Programs in conjunction with the CU Parents Association, and making the new 2018 Dean’s Top Ten Performance in Teaching List, the College of Engineering and the University at large have recognized and awarded Professor Douglass’ teaching excellence multiple times. Scot has been awarded the…

University of Colorado’s Boulder Faculty Assembly Excellence in Teaching Award

The BFA Award for Excellence in Teaching was conferred on Scot by Boulder Faculty Assembly in 2003.

Dean’s Performance Awards in Teaching

The Engineering Dean’s Performance Awards in Teaching was conferred on Scot as the top ranked teacher in the College of Engineering and Applied Science in 2009.

President’s Teaching Scholar Award

Scot was elected as a 2013 President’s Teaching Scholar, which is a CU system-wide award and the University’s highest recognition of excellence in, and commitment to, learning and teaching.

Student Affairs Faculty Member of the Year

Scot was recognized in 2010-11 as the Student Affairs Faculty Member of the Year (VC Student Affairs).

Scot with EHP students at the annual retreat at Glen Eyrie Castle in Colorado Springs