Colton W. Sawyer, Ph.D
Wait - is a Dr. Megan E. Sawyer in the house?
That's okay - you're in the right spot. I've transitioned and am using the name Colton now. Proceed!
(Some things, like most publications, are still under my previous name. For now...)
I am an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) in Manchester, NH. I took a bit of a path across the country for my academics, starting at University of Colorado-Denver (B.S., Mathematics Education), a post-baccalaureate year at Smith College, and then graduate work (M.S., Mathematics 2010 and Ph.D., Applied Mathematics 2013) at North Carolina State University (NCSU) under the guidance of Dr. Hien Tran (NCSU) and Dr. Marina Evans (US EPA).
My primary focus is teaching and developing new courses, particularly in the realms of general education and applied mathematics courses at SNHU. I enjoy the student population and working with students on research in and outside of the classroom through individual- or course-based projects. I am also interested in new ways of capturing student engagement through varied projects based on inclusivity of experiences and new pedagogical ideas.
My primary research is based on compartmental modeling with differential equations, namely modeling biological systems using physiologically-based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeling techniques. My current focus is on using PBPK modeling to explore the impacts of dosing regimens of vitamin D (particularly in healthy populations versus patients with chronic kidney disease) but I have also explored PBPK modeling of semi-volatile and volatile compounds and skin models in the past.
Secondly, I am exploring the scholarship of teaching and learning, in particular, retention of general education students throughout lower-level mathematics courses and their time at institutions. This could be through projects such as the Mathematical Autobiography or through other interventions - that's what I'm discovering!
Outside of the classroom and research, I am passionate about making a difference for LGBTQIA+ students, staff, and faculty on my campus. I have been involved in various task groups and positions to help make SNHU a better place to work and attend for this population.