Johnny Lott Interview, July 27, 2006


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Johnny Lott, discusses his educational background, coming to the University of Montana to teach in the Department of Mathematical Sciences in 1974, and the New Math movement. He describes the development of the department at the University of Montana, the collegiality among the faculty, and his colleagues especially Gloria Conyers Hewitt and Howard Reinhardt. Lott talks about the development of the department’s Ph.D. program and the grants he and his colleagues administered, including the EMME Program, the IMPACT Program, and the SIMMS Project. He recalls the particular challenges of creating a mathematics curriculum for Montana, the relationship between math and technology, and his opinions on how to define and develop mathematical literacy within the state.


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Document Type

Oral History


Mathematics Education, University of Montana; University of Montana Department of Mathematical Sciences; Gloria Conyers Hewitt; Howard Reinhardt

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

University of Montana Oral History Project, OH 408, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 408-024

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound file (1:22:22 min.) : digital, + 1 transcript (44 p. : 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

1:22:22 minutes

Local Filename

oh 408-24.mp3; OH408-024.pdf

Johnny Lott Interview, July 27, 2006