College of Arts and Sciences
M.S. in Applied Mathematics - University of Virginia, VA
B.A. in Mathematics - Queens College, CUNY, NY
About Jerome Tuttle
Jerry Tuttle grew up in New York City and works in a building right next to the World Trade Center. He is as an actuary (insurance mathematician) for an insurance company, and he holds the insurance designations of Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (FCAS) and Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU). He has been teaching online mathematics courses for three years, most recently college algebra, statistics, and biostatistics. When one of his business trips took him to the west coast, he stopped off to visit GCU where he met many important GCU-ers including Thunder, the mascot. Jerry looks at life through a mathematical lens, and he would be happy to explain π and 1 Kings 7:23. Jerry is the volunteer webmaster for an organization that reads the daily newspaper aloud for low vision people, and he writes short stories for fun.
How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find purpose?
I have had a nice career as an actuary, but middle age is a good time to ask, "Is that all there is?" Online teaching has given me an opportunity to give something back to the very same mathematical community that has been so good to me.
What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?
I am aware that many students have a fear of math and do not want to be in a math class. I try to reduce the tension through humor. I wanted some cartoons to help illustrate some mathematical concepts, but good ones are hard to find and are copyrighted. I decided to hire an artist, and we created some original math cartoons. The students seem to enjoy them.
What is a GCU online student success story you can share?
Every math student asks the question, "Will I ever use this stuff again?" A particular criminal justice student in my class was especially negative on math until I found a nice application of some math we were doing to her field, and then this turned her attitude around.