Richard Pineau

Richard Pineau

Senior Lecturer designate
Co-faculty Advisor, WSU Math Society; C.L.A.S. Representative, Academic Senate; Vice Chair, Lecturer Steering Committee (AAUP-AFT 6075)


313-577-7596 (fax)

 Room 1249, Faculty/Administration Building

Richard Pineau

I have been active at Wayne State University since coming here for my undergraduate work in mathematics and secondary education in the fall of 2003. My journey into education did not really take hold until my participation in the Wayne State University Math Corps Summer Camp in the summer of 2004. In the subsequent years, I 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, I was hired as the Assistant Program Coordinator and two years later, was named Interim Program Coordinator. During those four years of full time work, I 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, I obtained my Master's in Applied Mathematics and audited several more math classes after completion of the degree. 

In the fall of 2013, I transitioned into a faculty role as a lecturer in the Mathematics Department. Since then, I have been actively engaged in our department, mentoring graduate students in teaching, cofounding a student organization called the WSU Math Society, and serving as the Early Academic Assessment (EAA) Grade official for our department. Additionally, I was selected as a member of the inaugural class of Provost's Fellows for the 2015-2016 academic year, working to help the university with its retention and graduation rate improvement. I was asked to work as the course coordinator for our STA 1020 (Elementary Statistics) course bringing the course into a more standardized format with a common final and new textbook. This appointment began in fall 2015 and ended in fall 2016. I was also elected to our department's salary committee for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years and have appointments to the Graduate Teaching Assistant Oversight Committee, the Curriculum Development Committee, and the Gateways to Completion Committee (for MAT 1050) in our department. I was elected to the Academic Senate as a College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (C.L.A.S.) representative beginning in September 2017 to present. For the 2017-2018 academic year, I was appointed to our department's Marketing Committee and serve as its chairman. Finally, I was appointed to the C.L.A.S. Dean Search Advisory Committee for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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

In addition to teaching, I am also very active in my church, St. Pio of Pietrelcina Catholic Church. I currently serve as President of our Parish Council and hold several appointments on other committees in the parish. Additionally, I 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. 

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

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  • My research interests include a focus on mathematics education and student motivation. I am working with a colleague to revise the Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers course here at Wayne State. Additionally, I have 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).  As part of our deparmtent's efforts to revise courses, I serve on the Gateways to Completion (G2C) MAT1050 Course Committee. 

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • 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

  • Phi Beta Kappa, 2009
    David Mackenzie Honor Society, 2009
    Wladimir Seidel Award for Academic Excellence, 2011
    Pi Alpha Alpha, 2015

Selected Publications

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

  • Spring/Summer 2018 - STA 1020 - Elementary Statistics (Section 001) - 3 credits

Courses taught

Winter 2018 - MAT 2020 - Calculus II (Section 002 & 005) - 4 credits each

Winter 2018 - MAT 1110 - Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I (Section 002) - 3 credits

Fall 2017 - STA 1020 - Elementary Statistics (Section 007 & 009) - 3 credits each

Fall 2017 - MAT 2010 - Calculus I (Section 004) - 4 credits

Fall 2017 - MAT 1110 - Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I (Section 001) - 3 credits

Spring/Summer 2017 - I elected not to teach during this term.