Scott, Colin Alexander
- John Schifani
Scott, Colin Alexander (11 February 1861–05 April 1925), psychologist and educational reformer, was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, the son of the Reverend Robert Scott and Isabel Laird. His father’s work eventually led the family to move to New York City, where in 1876–1877 Scott entered the preparatory program of the College of the City of New York. He went on to Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where in 1885 he received the B.A. While an undergraduate, he married Helen McCall of Kingston; they had five children. In his early career he had difficulty choosing between teaching and painting as a profession. He studied at the Ontario Art School from 1885 to 1887 and continued to paint for pleasure throughout his life, exhibiting his work widely in the eastern United States. Though he had excelled in chemistry at Queen’s University, his interest in philosophy and psychology eventually led him to graduate study at Clark University, a new institution with a strong focus on graduate education; he received a Ph.D. in psychology in 1896. Scott taught psychology at the Chicago Normal School from 1897 to 1901; at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, from 1901 to 1902; at Tufts College from 1910 to 1911; and at the Boston Normal School from 1902 to 1910 and from 1911 to 1915. He was professor of education at Mount Holyoke College from 1915 to 1925, and he was also a member of the American Psychology Association....