Richard Pineau

Richard Pineau

Associate Professor of Teaching
C.L.A.S. Representative, Academic Senate; Chair - WSU Academy of Teachers; STA 1020 Course Coordinator


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Richard Pineau


Mathematics, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Wayne State University

Short Bio:

Richard Pineau is an Associate Professor of Teaching in the department of mathematics and is in his 9th year on faculty. He teaches courses primarily at the undergraduate level and is an adjunct instructor for FYS 1010 (Learning with the Brain in Mind). Recognized for this teaching, Mr. Pineau was inducted into the WSU Academy of Teachers in 2020 and is currently the group's Chair. This year, he was the recipient of both the General Education Teaching Award and the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching. He holds numerous committee assignments which include the Academic Senate, his Department's Marketing & Outreach Committee and others surrounding student success initiatives and mentoring. Mr. Pineau is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Studies.

Long Bio:

Richard Pineau has been active at Wayne State University since coming here for his undergraduate work in mathematics and secondary education in the fall of 2003. He is a first-generation college student. His journey into education did not really take hold until he participated in the Wayne State University Math Corps Summer Camp in the summer of 2004. In the subsequent years, he worked each summer as a college instructor, learning how to work with and manage students, but more importantly how to care about them and their success. Upon graduating in 2009, Richard was hired as the Assistant Program Coordinator and two years later, was named Interim Program Coordinator. During those four years of full time work, he created a series of operations manuals, significantly improved the efficiency of the program, and mentored many students both in the program and here at Wayne State. Additionally, Richard obtained his Master's in Applied Mathematics and audited several more math classes after completion of the degree. He also holds a Master's of Public Administration with a Graduate Certificate in Economic Development. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Studies with a concentration in STEM. 

In the fall of 2013, Richard transitioned into a faculty role as a lecturer in the Mathematics Department. In August 2018, he was promoted to Senior Lecturer. With the ratification of the AAUP-AFT contract in September 2021, Richard was transitioned to the Associate Professor of Teaching rank, based on his years of service. Richard has been recognized for his teaching with induction into the Wayne State Academy of Teachers in August 2020, and being awarded the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching in April 2021. He is the first faculty member from the Mathematics Department to earn WSU's two highest teaching awards. Additionally, he was recognized as part of the first cohort to be given a General Education Teaching Award for his contributions to the General Education Program and efforts towards inclusivity and diversity in the classroom. 

In the summer of 2019, thanks to the generosity of a WSU Physics Alumna and donor, Richard worked as the instructor for the first-ever Mathmematics Placement Exam Boot Camp for incoming freshmen. This Camp took 6 incoming freshmen whose majors are in STEM-related fields and over the course of 4 weeks, covered content related to Algebra with Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, and some Statistics. The hope is that by the end of the Camp, they would place into Calculus I. The student participants took a math placement exam both at the start and end of camp. Half of the students were able to place into a course higher than what they originally placed into. Two of those students made it into Calculus 1. The 2020 and 2021 Boot Camps were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here is a summary of his service work to date:


  • Elementary Statistics (STA 1020) revision committee, October 2021-present).
  • Early Academic Assessment (EAA) Compliance Official (Sept. 2015 - May 2020). He ensured all faculty teaching 3000-level courses and below submit their grades on time.
  • Co-founding faculty advisor for department student organization called the WSU Math Society. He has served in this role since fall 2016.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Mentor since fall 2014.
  • Elementary Statistics (STA 1020) Course Coordinator (Sept. 2015 - Dec. 2016, May 2021-present). In his first run in the position, he worked to standardize the course and write a common final. He also chaired a committee which selected a new textbook and courseware site. At present, he works to set-up the course each term, write the comprehensive final exam, and mentor instructors. 
  • Elected to Department Salary Committee (2015-2018, 2020, 2021).
  • Founding Chair of our department's Marketing & Outreach Committee (Sept. 2017 - present). We have worked to put together a department Facebook & Twitter page, program information flyers, visited area schools for recruitment, and are currently working on compiling a department history and innovative marketing ideas.
  • Consultant to the Activities Committee, Sept. 2018 - present.
  • Appointed to the Chair's Planning & Advisory Board, Sept. 2018 - present.
  • He has served on several final exam consultant committees within the department. 

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS)

  • C.L.A.S. Representative on the Academic Senate (member of Curriculum & Instruction Subcommittee) Sept. 2017 - present.
  • Appointed to the C.L.A.S. Dean Search Advisory Committee (2017 - 2018 academic year).

College of Education

  • He worked with Mathematics Education Faculty on revising MAT 1110 & 1120 courses to be in line with new State standards on teacher preparation.
  • Provided input on elementary education courses and their alignment with his department's MAT 1110 and 1120 courses. 


  • Chair, Wayne State University Academy of Teachers (AoT), August 2021 – present. Facilitate meetings, introduce a new organizational structure with workgroups, advance overall teaching mission of WSU.
  • Chair, Social Media, Marketing & Outreach Workgroup of the WSU Academy of Teachers, October 2021-present.
  • Ad hoc Academic Senate & Provost Fall Break Committee, December 2021 – present. The charge to the committee is to explore the possibility of adding a Fall Break to the schedule and, if possible and desirable, to recommend how best to do it to avoid causing any unanticipated problems.
  • WSU Academy of Teachers New Member Selection Committee, March/April 2021.
  • Academic Senate Subcommittee on Revision of the Academic Misconduct Provisions to the Student Code of Conduct, Jan. 2021- Sept. 2021. Appointed as a rep. of the Curriculum & Instruction Committee of the Senate, Richard worked to offer revisions to the code of conduct to allow for a faculty voice in the overall process.
  • Math Liaison on Team Leads Committee, Oct. 2020 - Sept. 2021. This committee works to help support students, faculty and staff during the remote learning environment. He provided a faculty perspective to the struggles of student engagement during the remote/online learning environment. He also served on the planning committee for the Engaging in a Mental Health Discussion panel discussion held on November 6th, 2020.
  • Member, Subcommittee of Institutional Commitment and Learning, Sept. 2020 - present. This is part of the Excellence in Academic Advising (EAA) in an Urban Ecosystem Committee. 
  • Member, Student Success Continuity and Learn Anywhere Committee
    Position: Success Connector, Sept. 2020 - present. He works to connect students with resources around campus to support their growth and development.
  • Inaugural Class of Provost's Fellows (Academic Year 2015-2016) - He worked on improving retention and graduation rate improvement initiatives.
  • Presently the Secretary-Treasurer of the WSU Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa - the nation's oldest honors society.
  • Integrated Learning Environment Advisory Council, May 2021 – present. This committee is a merger of the Classroom Improvement CORE Group and Technology Committee. This council is a cross-college and cross-departmental group consisting of faculty from each school and college and administrators in areas that are involved with learning environments on campus. The focus is on collaboration and communication about the Digital and Physical Classrooms.
  • Classroom Improvement Team (Mar. 2019 - May 2021). The committee meets to discuss classroom design, technology, best practices, and scheduling information. 
  • COVID-19 Restart Committee: Human Resources Subcommittee (May 2020 - Sept. 2020). He served on the Policies, Procedures, & Regulatory Requirements Workgroup (reviewed and suggested updates to university policies related to working remotely) and on the Student & Temporary Employment Workgroup (created a handbook for a university-wide internship program). He was appointed by the Academic Senate's Policy Committee. 
  • Inclusive Access Pilot Committee (June 2020 - Aug. 2021). The committee oversees the trial run of a program where students obtain access to course materials on the first day of classes. He was appointed by the Academic Senate's Policy Committee.
  • State Hall Design and Renovation Advisory Committee (Nov. 2020 - present). As a faculty representative, Richard provides input in the design considerations for classrooms and space in the renovation project for State Hall. He was appointed by the Academic Senate's Policy Committee. 
  • FYS 1010 Wayne Experience Assessment (WE) Committee, Aug. 2020 - Dec. 2020. He provided training, rubric and assignment design to all instructors in support of the General Education Oversight Committee's (GEOC) assessment of universal learning outcomes. 
  • In collaboration with CAPS Director Jeff Kuentzel, produced two brochures on recognizing mental distress for dissemination to university community (sent via Provost on 2/15).

AAUP-AFT Local 6075 (Union)

  • Vice Chair of the Lecturer Steering Committee (May 2018 - May 2020)
  • Chair, Outreach Subcommittee (Nov. 2019 - May 2020)

Other related work

  • Member of the WSU Team for MI-AMTE Statistics Education Professional Learning Community (Nov. 2019 - present)
  • WSU Mathematics Placement Exam Boot Camp Founding Instructor (Summer 2019)

Richard has served as a Professional Mentor for the College to Career Program for the WSU Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies in 2012. He met with my mentee monthly to discuss classes, professional opportunities, a 5 year plan for success, and aspects of his job that are important (his mentee wished to be a lecturer). He was asked to deliver the keynote address in 2013 on mentoring in the STEM fields as part of this program.

In addition to teaching, he is also very active at his church, St. Pio of Pietrelcina Catholic Church. I served (July 2013 - July 2020) as (founding) President of the Parish Council and have held several appointments on other committees in the parish. Additionally, he spearheaded a project to create a guidebook for Parish Mergers (part of the Archdiocese's restructuring efforts) that was presented to the Archbishop in October 2016. 

Richard remains active in supporting my students' efforts to be successful and work to maintain standards of excellence both inside and outside of the classroom. 

He is an avid Star Wars fan and Detroit sports fan. He enjoys fishing, biking, WWII history, and building with LEGO.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Richard's research interests include a focus on mathematics education and student motivation. He has worked with a colleague to revise the Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers course here at Wayne State. Additionally, he has worked on the CORE-M grant with Wayne State’s College of Education for 2016-2017 school year. The purpose of the grant was to improve the content knowledge of special education teachers in Algebra and Geometry (grades 5-12).  He is also interested in implementing active learning strategies in his classes.
  • Richard produced an instructor and student curriculum book used as part of the WSU Mathematics Placement Exam Boot Camp for the summer of 2019. The books were revised ahead of the 2021 Boot Camp.
  • Richard also contributed to the Office for Teaching and Learning's (OTL) Weekly Newsletter (11/19/20). The focus was on accessible course design. Link: OTL Accessibility (Featuring R.Pineau)As part of the April 2021 issue of Teaching@Wayne offered by the Office for Teaching & Learning (OTL), Richard was interviewed by Greg Steele on Trauma-Informed Teaching. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, and with teaching being handled online/remote, all instructors have had to address trauma-informed teaching in some way. This interview provides some great insights and information.
  • Richard's Ph.D. focus will be on the role mentoring plays in student success, transition to college, and overall college experience, with a STEM focus.


Papers Presented

Pineau, R., Ebenezer, J. (July 2021). Using Phenomenography to Understand STEM Doctoral Students’ Meaning-Making with Discussion Board Postings. Session presented virtually (live) at the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education’s EdMedia + Innovate Learning 2021 Online Conference.

Zopf, D., Özgün-Koca, S. A., Nazelli, C., & Pineau, R. (March, 2020). Developing Pre-Service Teachers’ Mathematics Knowledge for Teaching via the APEX Cycle. Session presented at the Michigan Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (MI-AMTE) Conversations Among Colleagues Conference. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan

Posters Presented

Pineau, R., Dormer, K. (July  2021). Accessibility Amid a Pandemic – A Faculty Perspective. Poster presented virtually (asynchronously) at the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education’s EdMedia + Innovate Learning 2021 Online Conference.

Webinar Presentations

Pineau, R. (October, 2021). Teaching Portfolio for GTAs: What you need to know. Hosted by WSU’s OTL, this webinar was geared toward Graduate Students looking to put together their teaching portfolios in preparation for entering the job market.

Pineau, R. & Dormer, K. (February & September, 2021). Accessibility – A Faculty Story. Hosted by Wayne State University’s Office for Teaching and Learning (OTL), this webinar offered insights into accessibility from my perspective, as a faculty member. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University.

Pineau, R. & Thomas, J. (July, 2020). Syllabi for your online courses. Presented as part of the WSU Academy of Teachers Teaching Lounge, July 8, 2020 (offered through OTL). Detroit, MI: Wayne State University.

Panel Discussions

Panelist for Integrating Lessons from Virtual Learning into F2F Classes faculty panel discussion held on September 28, 2021. This was sponsored by OTL and provided a reflection on the lessons learned from the online/remote learning environment resulting from COVID-19, and the current challenges given the pandemic is not over.

Panelist for Leveraging What We've Learned faculty panel discussion to be held on May 10, 2021. This is sponsored by OTL and will provide a reflection on the lessons learned from the online/remote learning environment resulting from COVID-19. Myself and the other 4 panelists are members of the WSU Academy of Teachers. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University

Panelist for Engaging in a Mental Health Discussions faculty panel discussion held on November 6, 2020 and January 20, 2021 as part of the follow-up to the Mental Health day. This is to engage faculty in discussion about ways to support the mental health of students and help support students. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University.

Office for Teaching & Learning (OTL) Webinar Panelist (May, 2020): The Virtual Classroom: Supporting Our Students with Disabilities - a faculty-focused panel. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University.


Interviewed for WSU’s Teaching@Wayne segment on Trauma-informed teaching by Office for Teaching & Learning (OTL), March, 2021. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University.

Interviewed for Office for Teaching & Learning Weekly Newsletter with a focus on accessibility best practices in the classroom, November 19, 2020. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University.

Keynote Addresses/Lectures

Pineau, R. Accessibility – A Faculty Story ¬– presented to the MAT 5992 Graduate Teaching Assistants during the winter 2021 term. This presentation offered insights into accessibility and encouraged GTAs to employ the presented strategies to make their courses accessible for all students. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University.

Pineau, R. Teaching Portfolios – presented to the MAT 5992 Graduate Teaching Assistants during the fall 2017, 2018, 2019, and winter 2021 terms. The presentation covered all elements to a teaching portfolio including the teaching statement, diversity statement, tips on framing these statements, collecting artifacts, CVs and evaluation processes. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University.

Department of Mathematics New GTA Orientation Speaker, fall 2017, 2018, 2019. I provided some insight into the teaching environment at the university and in the department, discussed several important student services, and ways to get involved in and around campus.

Pineau, R. (October, 2013), Keynote address on Mentoring in the STEM fields for the College to Career Program, CLLAS, Detroit, MI: Wayne State University.


  • Ph.D. Educational Studies, concentration in STEM, Wayne State University, Sept. 2019-present
  • M.P.A., Wayne State University, 2016;
  • Graduate Certificate, Economic Development, Wayne State University, 2016;
  • M.A. in Applied Mathematics, Wayne State University, 2011;
  • B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) in Mathematics & Secondary Teaching Certificate, Wayne State University, 2009

Awards and grants

  • General Education Teaching Award (1st cohort), April 12, 2021

  • President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, April 6, 2021

  • Inducted into Wayne State University Academy of Teachers, 2020-2021

  • Pi Alpha Alpha, 2014

  • Wladimir Seidel Award for Academic Excellence, 2011

  • David Mackenzie Honor Society, 2009

  • Phi Beta Kappa, 2009

Selected publications

Refereed Journals

Pineau, R., and J. Ebenezer. (2021). Doctoral Scholars’ Relational Meaning-Making on STEM Education: A Phenomenographic Analysis of Discussion Board Postings (Submitted). (Protocol# IRB-21-04-3404).

Non-refereed Journals

Pineau, R., The View from Here: What Goes Around Comes Around, Math Horizons, Vol. 20 (2012).
Pineau, R., Prime Reciprocal Periodicity, Math Horizons, Vol. 19 (2012).
Pineau, R., Prime Reciprocal Periodicity, Math Horizons, Vol. 19 (2011).

Currently teaching

Winter 2022 - STA 1020 - Elementary Statistics (3 Sections) - 3 credits each (hybid format)

Winter 2022 - MAT 1110 - Math for Elementary School Teachers I - 3 credits (hybrid format)

Courses taught

Fall 2021 - FYS 1010 - Learning with the Brain in Mind (Section 055) - 1 credit (Online Synchronous format)

Fall 2021 - STA 1020 - Elementary Statistics (Sections 003, 800, 801) - 3 credits each (Online Asynchronous format)

Fall 2021 - MAT 2860 (x6130) - Discrete Mathematics (Section 001) - 3 credits (Online Synchronous format)

Spring/Summer 2021 - Calculus II (online synchronous) - 4 credits


Other qualifications directly relevant to courses taught

 August 2019, completed the CITI Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Course