John E. Donovan II

John E. Donovan

Associate Professor of Mathematics Education; Department Chair

BA, Hartwick College; MA, EdM, PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo

Office: Hyde Hall 355
Phone: 603-535-2881

Spring Office Hours:   Monday & Wednesday 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Friday  9:00am – 11:00am

About Professor Donovan

John Donovan joined the PSU faculty in 2007 after teaching at the University of Maine in Orono and Medaille College in Buffalo, NY.  He earned is PhD in Mathematics Education in 2002 from SUNY Buffalo.  His research interests are in students understanding of mathematical concepts, in particular the networks of relationships that are formed between concepts in students minds.  He teaches courses for future elementary, middle, and secondary mathematics teachers on mathematics content and pedagogy.  John keeps busy outside of class with his five active children and running the Pemi Baker Soccer Club.

Selected publications/presentations/exhibitions

  • Donovan, J.E. II.  (2012, March).  Problem Solving in the Center Fold.  New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference.  Plymouth, NH.
  • Donovan, J.E. II.  (2011, March 21).  Engaging Technology in the Mathematics Classroom (1/2-day workshop).  Rural School Educator Effectiveness Collaborative.  Profile High School.  Bethlehem, NH.
  • Donovan, J.E. II.  (2009, April).  Minds-on Tasks to Build Understanding of Functions in Multiple Representations.  National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference.  Washington D.C..
  • Donovan, J.E., II. (2008).  Meet me at the Crossroads:  Over-fishing to Meet the Standards.  The Amatyc Review, 30(1), 36 – 46.
  • Donovan, J.E., II. (2007). The Importance of the Concept of Function for Developing Understanding of First-Order Differential Equations in Multiple Representations [Electronic Version]. Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education from

Awards or recognition

  • Honorable Mention Best Paper Award for the 2007 Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education

Courses Taught

  • MA 2110          Mathematics in our World 1
  • MA 2140          Precalculus
  • MA 3010          Mathematics in Our World 2
  • MA 3050          Introduction to Mathematics Education
  • MA 4020          The Cultural and Psychological Aspects of Mathematics Learning
  • MA 4030          Mathematics in Secondary and Middle School


Contact Us

Mathematics Department

Hyde Hall
Room 301
Phone: (603) 535-2233
(Dawn Boynton, Administrative Assistant)
Fax: (603) 535-2943

Mailing Address
17 High Street
MSC 29
Plymouth, NH 03264