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Dr. Sophia Scott, Ph.D.

Interim Chairperson and Professor

sscott@semo.edu
573-651-2104
Office:  PB216

Teaches: Supervision, Knowledge Management, Training & Development, Research
Research: Leadership, problem solving, innovations in teaching
Advises: Technology Management Graduate Students


I support student success by setting clear yet high expectations, encouraging self-efficacy, and providing quick and positive feedback.

What area do you teach?

Technology Management

Education/Degree(s)

Doctor of Philosophy in Technology Management - Specialization: Human Resource Development and Industrial Training
Master of Science in Industrial Management
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Major: Human Resource Management and Management

Your philosophy of teaching:

I want to foster a positive and respectful learning environment for students. While teaching, I try to encourage students to view themselves as scholars and active citizens. I support student success by setting clear yet high expectations, encouraging self-efficacy, and providing quick and positive feedback. I partner with the student for learning.

Why did you decide to teach?

I was in a Master's degree program when a faculty member approached me and asked if I had ever considered teaching. I had never considered it. He asked me to teach a lesson. After teaching the lesson; I knew that this is what I should be doing. I loved every aspect of the teaching process. I asked how to become a college professor and pursued the career. I still love it today.

Credentials/career path

Chairperson of new Engineering and Technology Department (2018-2020)
Associate Dean, College of Science, Technology & Agriculture (2012 to 2018)
Interim Dean, School of General Education (2011-2012)
Assistant to the President for Equity and Diversity (2010-2012)
Chairperson of Faculty Senate (2010-2011)

Professional Highlight

Traveled to China for discussion of a 1-2-1 program with Hunan Normal University and Sichuan Normal University (2004).

Being a faculty advisor for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) with students.

Leading a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration dinner with John Legend performing.

Award/Honor/Recognition

Provost Research, Instruction, and Development for Excellence (PRIDE) award for the School of Polytechnic Studies (2011)
School of Polytechnic Studies Service Award (2008)
School of Polytechnic Studies Service Award (2006)
University Service Award (2004)

Organization with which you are involved

Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE)
ABET accrediation for engineering and engineering technology

Most Recent/Notable Published Work

Scott, S. & McMurry, B. (2016) Success of team problem solving constructed with problem solving approach. Journal of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering.
Scott, S. & McMurry, B. (2015) Meeting the challenges of technical communication for the future workforce. Journal of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering White Papers.
Doggett, M., McGee, P., & Scott, S. (2013). Technology management competencies. Technology Interface International Journal 14(1). 72-79.

Best advice for students

Get out and explore everything that the University has to offer. Get involved on campus and in professional organizations. Study hard but don't forget to have FUN!

Contact

573.651.2104
polytech@semo.edu
Polytechnic Building 216
Department of Polytechnic Studies
One University Plaza, MS 6825
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701