Scott is a native Mainer (five generations!) raised in Kingfield/New Portland area and graduating from Carrabec High School. Scott studied secondary education, concentrating in mathematics and computer science, at University of Maine, Farmington. Continuing on in pure mathematics he received an M.A. from Binghamton University in 1997. Scott then served as a secondary and middle school teacher at Massabesic and Messalonskee high schools here in Maine. Though enjoying teaching, Scott was not ready to stop learning so he returned to school, earning a Ph.D. in Mathematics from University of Montana in 2008. Before joining the faculty at Husson University in 2013, Scott taught at Colby College.
From a young age, Scott has enjoyed sharing ideas with people and has worked extensively throughout his education and career in tutoring programs including tutoring in college, coaching high school math teams, working with Upward Bound summer programs, and supervising a “Calculus After Hours” program. He also continues to do research in Banach Algebras. Scott enjoys the blend of teaching and learning that academic life supports.
In his personal life Scott enjoys spending time with family, particularly his two young nephews. You can also find Scott hanging out at cozy coffee shops looking for good conversation and a casual game of chess.
Lane, Kenneth, D.A.
Associate Professor, School of Science and Humanities
Dr. Lane is definitely a local, a twelfth generation Mainer. On the way to Husson each morning he passes the one-room schoolhouse where his education began a half century ago. "You can't get to town from my house without passing by the old school", he says. "Each day it reminds me that education has empowered my life, providing tools and skills to make my way in the world." After graduating from Hampden Academy in 1969, Ken chose math as his undergraduate major at UMPI because he "hadn't decided on a profession". Graduate degrees in mathematics from Idaho State University allowed him to "postpone the decision indefinitely". Prior to joining the Husson faculty he spent a decade solving technical problems in support of space launch activities at Cape Canaveral, Florida, serving as Senior Technical Advisor for Computer Sciences Raytheon and operating a private consultancy. During the 1980s he was an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Hamilton College and later at Colby College. He held a Sloan Fellowship and Visiting Assistant Professorship at Harvey Mudd College, and was an Associate Professor of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science at UMPI. He lists his early academic interests as mathematical ecology, algebraic graph theory, computational complexity, and computer algebra. More recent interests include public safety communications, local history and genealogy, software development methodology, systems modeling and simulation, and trajectory reconstruction. Ken and his wife Alice Jean share five adult children (four Husson grads) and several grandchildren, as well as a passion for the future of Husson and its students.
My goal is to provide a positive experience that enhances each student's relationship with mathematics, empowering them by cultivating their capacities to leverage quantitative perspectives as citizens, practitioners and scholars. I enjoy helping students overcome the fear and anxiety that often impedes success in mathematics. Among all of the exciting and fulfilling experiences I have enjoyed as a result of my education, teaching at Husson is the most challenging and rewarding experience yet.
Long, Jennifer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, School of Science and Humanities
Jennifer Long received her B.S. in Environmental Biology and Management from the University of California at Davis. She then traveled the country and the world exploring her passion for avian research, spending three years working as a field researcher, studying avian behavioral ecology throughout North America, Central and South American and the Caribbean. Jennifer then continued her formal education at Southeastern Louisiana University, where she received her M.S. degree in Biology. Jennifer then migrated to the University of Maine, Orono where she received her Ph.D. in Biology in 2007. Jennifer's research interests focus on the hormonal basis of migratory behavior and physiology in songbirds.
I have diverse research experience both in the laboratory and the field, which I incorporate into my teaching material. I believe that one of the most effective methods of encouraging enthusiasm for science is through real world examples. By sharing my own experiences, I also strive to foster a personal connection with the students. Working at Husson allows me the opportunity to work with students one-on-one, which is the most effective way for me to share my passion for science.