Associate Professor of Mathematics Education; Acting Department Chair
BA, Hartwick College; MA, EdM, PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo
Office: Hyde Hall 355
Spring Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10:30am – 11:30am
Tuesday & Thursday 2:00pm – 4:00pm
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.
- 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 http://cresmet.asu.edu/crume2007/eproc.html.
Awards or recognition
- Honorable Mention Best Paper Award for the 2007 Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education
- 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