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Mathematics Faculty & Staff


Dr. Nicholas Fortune
Dr. Nicholas Fortune
- Assistant Professor
Academic Bio

2018  PhD, Mathematics Education, North Carolina State University

2013  MS, Applied Mathematics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

2013  BS, Mathematics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Courses Taught at WKU
  • MATH 136: Calculus I
  • MATH 205: Mathematics for K-8 Teachers: Number and Operations
  • MATH 308:  Mathematics for K-8 Teachers: Rational Numbers
  • MATH 331: Differential Equations
  • MATH 411/411G: Problem Solving for Elementary and Middle Grades Teachers (Online Course)
  • MATH 413: Algebra and Technology for Middle Grades Teachers
  • MATH 514: Mathematical Modeling and Applications (Online Course)
Research

Dr. Fortune's research centers around instructional change in undergraduate mathematics and how mathematics faculty can collaborate on pedagogy and student thinking to support their instructional change, as well as, supporting pre-service teachers in teacher preparation programs.

Selected Publications
  • Zwanch, K., Mullins, S. B., Fortune, N., & Keene, K. A. (2021). Situating students’ achievement and perceptions of inquiry-oriented instruction within their motivational beliefs: A mixed methods study. Investigations in Mathematics Learning13(2), 141 – 151. https://doi.org/10.1080/19477503.2021.1884446.
  • Oremland, L., Dunmyre, J., & Fortune, N. (2021). Reinventing the Salty Tank through guided inquiry. PRIMUS. https://doi.org/10.1080/10511970.2021.1879332.
  • Fortune, N. & Keene, K. A. (2021). Participating in an online working group and reforming instruction: The case of Dr. DM. International Journal of Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education7(1), 107 – 139. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40753-020-00126-5.
  • Johnson, E., Andrews-Larson, C., Keene, K. A., Melhuish, K., Keller, R., & Fortune, N. (2020). Inquiry and gender inequity in the undergraduate mathematics classroom. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education51(4), 504 – 516. https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5951/jresematheduc-2020-0043.
  • Fortune, N., Rasmussen, C., Keene, K. A., Bogart, T., & Dunmyre, J. (2020). Bringing social justice topics to differential equations via a climate change problem: Identity, power, access, and achievement. MathAMATYC Educator11(3), 26 – 32, 66 – 67. https://amatyc.site-ym.com/page/EducatorSpring2020.
  • Rasmussen, C., Dunmyre, J., Fortune, N., & Keene, K. A. (2019). Modeling as a means to develop new ideas: The case of reinventing a bifurcation diagram. PRIMUS29(6), 509 – 526. https://doi.org/10.1080/10511970.2018.1472160.
  • Dunmyre, J., Fortune, N., Bogart, T., Rasmussen, C., & Keene, K. A. (2019). Climate change in a differential equations course: Using bifurcation diagrams to explore small changes with big effects. Community of Ordinary Differential Equations Educators (CODEE) Journal12(1), 1 – 10. https://scholarship.claremont.edu/codee/vol12/iss1/1.
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