Professor Scot Douglass, founder and director of the EHP lives in Andrews Hall with his family. In 2006, Scot was chosen to develop and direct the Engineering Honors Program. In 2007, he set in motion what in 2009 became the Andrews Hall Residential College. He was the first faculty member to live on campus since the late 19th century. His daughters, 3 and 6 at the time, are now 10 and 13.
Professor Douglass has enjoyed teaching in the Herbst Program since 1995 and 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.
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 PhD in comparative literature (CU-Boulder).
Committed to making literature and philosophy 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 is currently finishing a book on Dostoevsky. 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 has published numerous articles and co-edited two volumes on reading ancient texts.
Scot has taught in a variety of contexts: 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.
This commitment to teaching resulted in his being awarded the campus-wide 2003 Boulder Faculty Assembly Excellence in Teaching Award, being selected in 2013 to be a President's Teaching Scholar (the university system's highest recognition of excellence in, and commitment to, learning and teaching), and was the 2010 Student Affairs Faculty Member of the Year.