Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Office: ACW 202
B.S. (Mathematics), 2002, University of Texas-Pan American
M.S. (Applied Mathematics), 2005, Stony Brook University
Ph.D. (Statistics), 2009, Stony Brook University
Samuel Cook is an assistant professor of math in the math and science department. He is an applied statistician who studied applied math and statistics at Stony Brook University and mathematics at the University of Texas-Pan American.
Before coming to Wheelock, Cook spent two years as a faculty member in the department of mathematics and statistics at the University of New Hampshire. While at UNH, he became interested in math and stats education and began a transition from research in statistics to research in undergraduate education. He is specifically interested in students use and understanding of symbols when learning statistics and is active in the Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (RUME) community. Most recently, he has completed work in anatomy education and has begun a project in physics education in complement of his work in statistics education.
He teaches a full array of math classes including the Concepts and Processes sequence, introduction to statistics, quantitative reasoning, probability and the mathematics senior seminar. Additionally, he is developing a course in game theory and hopes to offer quantitative reasoning as a freshman seminar.
Before pursuing a Ph.D., Cook taught math and physics for AVID, a high school program that targets potential first-generation college students. During graduate school, he worked with AGEP, a program that supports underrepresented minorities in their pursuit of a Ph.D.
In his spare time, Cook is a big sports fan and enjoys sabermetics, the study of sports statistics, as well as playing basketball, tennis and ultimate Frisbee.