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John Niman

Professor of Mathematics Education

johnniman@charter.net
212 772-4682
1130 West

Professor Niman joined the faculty at Hunter College right after completing his Ph.D. at Columbia University, teaching mathematics and science education courses in the Curriculum and Teaching Department and graduate and undergraduate courses in the Mathematics Department. Prior to embarking on a career in education he worked on applied mathematics projects for the Defense Department at Hudson Laboratories of Columbia University, Aerojet Delft and Bendix Corporations.   He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Fulbright award for senior scholars for research in mathematics at the University of Freiburg, and the German Academic Exchange Research Fellowship at the University of Munich and the University of Gottingen.  He directed numerous projects in mathematics and science education for teachers and children sponsored by governmental and private agencies including the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education and the Irene Diamond Foundation.  He served as a consultant for the New York City Department of Education, the United Nations International Schools, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  He is currently a member of the Explorers Club.

 

Teaching

At Hunter College, Professor Niman has taught methods courses in the Childhood Education Program and numerous courses in the Mathematics Department including Advanced Calculus I & II, Advanced Probability Theory, Mathematical Statistics, History of Mathematics, Abstract Algebra, Model Building in Mathematics, Calculus I and II, and Sequential Mathematics from an Advanced Point of View. He served as the Director of the Energy Policy Studies Program (funded by the Exxon Foundation) and developed and taught the course on risk analysis for that program. Outside of Hunter College, he taught elementary and middle school mathematics and advanced placement physics at Friends School, New York City, served as an adjunct professor of mathematics at Pace University and visiting professor of mathematics at Vassar College.

 

Research

Author and co-author of college mathematics texts published by Heath, and Wiley, and numerous articles in mathematics, and mathematics education published in national and international  journals including The American Mathematical Monthly, Mathematics Magazine, Educational Studies in Mathematics, The Arithmetic Teachers, and Zentralblatt fur Didaktik der Mathematick. Served as contributing mathematics editor for Harper-Collins and Wiley, and guest editor for School Science and Mathematics.   His main research interests are in the history of mathematics and curriculum development. 

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