Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science
“My own philosophy of education is rapidly evolving,” says Dr. Joseph Manthey, who further explains: “The traditional Mathematics education as experienced by many students in the past was lacking in appropriate use of technology, meaningful context and opportunities for active learning.”
By utilizing a “constructivist” approach in the classroom, Dr. Manthey keeps students engaged, active, and able to see how Mathematics is applicable to their everyday lives. One of his current strategies is to take a block of material that he would have traditionally lectured on and convert it into an activity-such as the math of household finance, or the process of fairly dividing assets up after an inheritance. Students find that exercises like these allow the classroom to transform itself into a laboratory with real-life context. Dr. Manthey adds, “The key to successful teaching is to engage student in activities which help them bridge the gap from their world to the new knowledge.”
In addition, Dr. Manthey believes that many of the issues faced by educators today have already been solved somewhere, and that “All we need to do is find a way to communicate ‘best practices’ more openly and consistently. I have learned how to take complex material and break it down into components that are easy to understand and piece together.”
In the past, Dr. Manthey has worked in the area of computational acoustics and has studied numerical analysis techniques suitable for application to duct acoustics. Currently, Dr. Manthey is interested in Mathematical Biology and is working on mathematical models of the wound healing process.
Ph.D., Old Dominion University
M.S., University of Central Florida
B.S., University of Wisconsin