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About Douglas J. Shaw

Professor Shaw is the type of man who could put his personality in a bottle for the night, and accidentally use his aftershave in its place the next day. When he was five years old he entered a yellow cab in New York City and asked to be taken to his destiny, and now he's wishing that he was a better tipper. Living deep in the heart of darkest Iowa, home of the brave, he does math research, writes math books, directs improv, and plays Scrabble, Cribbage, and Puzzlepirates.


Present Professor, Mathematics, University of Northern Iowa Department of Mathematics
Participant in the 2016 Scholar Connexus event sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, University of Northern Iowa 2016 Scholar Connexus

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • 2016 Awardee: UNI Ambassadors Apple Polisher Award
  • 2013 Awardee: Yager Teaching Award (Faculty Mentor)
  • 2011 Awardee: Yager Teaching Award (Faculty Mentor)
  • 2010 Awardee: University Liberal Arts Core Teaching Award
  • 2008 Awardee: Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence in Liberal Arts Core
  • 2007 Awardee: Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2006 Instructor for the Presidential Scholars program
  • 2006 Nominee: Class of 1943 Teaching Award
  • 2004 “Pizza with Prof” guest speaker University of Minnesota
  • 2001 Siemens Westinghouse Science & Technology Outstanding Mentor University of Northern Iowa
  • 1999 Institute of Technology Best Instructor
  • 1997 Institute of Technology Best Instructor – Mathematics University of Michigan
  • Center for Research on Learning and Teaching Outstanding Teaching Assistant (University wide)
  • Department of Mathematics outstanding TA
  • Department of Education Fellowship University of Illinois
  • Outstanding Instructor Award Finalist (University wide)
  • UIUC Office of Instructional Resources Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Outstanding by their students (4 times)

Contact Information

University of Northern Iowa
Wright Hall 326
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0506
(319) 273-6805

Office: WRT 326
Phone: (319) 273-6805