In his four years at UNH Manchester, Plante has transformed the way students perceive mathematics. As lecturer of mathematics, he brings experience and enthusiasm to the classroom, igniting interest in a subject that many struggle with. His students echo that it is his passion for math that inspires them to succeed.
Plante uses hands-on exercises and mathematical models to motivate students to understand the deeper meaning of their studies. He has also started using a flipped classroom approach in many of his courses, assigning brief video lectures as homework so classroom time can be dedicated to one-on-one student interactions.
As one student describes, “The structure really allowed students to raise and explore a variety of interesting, real-world applications and questions.”
In addition to teaching, Plante is an active researcher in the area of fractal geometry and visualizing mathematics through technology. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Rhode Island and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Tufts University.
Plante will be presented the Excellence in Teaching award at UNH Manchester's commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 19.
Caption: Lecturer of Mathematics Donald Plante, right, is UNH Manchester's 2016 Excellence in Teaching award recipient.