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Michael Dornoo

Assistant Professor, Newark Campus

(740) 366-9193

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Dr. Dornoo completed his doctorate in educational specialties, mathematics education under the guidance of Dr. Lynda R. Wiest at the University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada. His research focuses on pre-service teachers, and the "demographic imperative," a situation that requires classroom practitioners to be more responsive to an increasingly diverse population. Most pre-service and in-service teachers know little about cultural diversity and equity, and in particular about how diverse students learn. Myths and misconceptions about culturally diverse students abound and often they have their origin in stereotypical mass media portrayal, which can bias teachers against some groups of students. He is currently involved with Mathematics Coaching Program (MCP) Project. This project is a professional development model designed to train and support a cadre of mathematics specialists who each work full time in elementary schools with classroom teachers assisting and supporting them to implement research-based instruction to improve student mathematics achievement.Dr. Dornoo has taught mathematics to students of all ages, from elementary through lower division college mathematics, and has been involved in mathematics teacher education both at the pre-service and in-service levels. He is a member of National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Psychology of Mathematics Education -- North America, American Educational Research council, Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators.


  • Ph.D. - University of Nevada, Reno, Mathematics Education, 2009
  • M.S. - University of Nevada, Reno, Mathematics, 2003
  • B.S. - Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, Mathematics, 1994
  • Diploma - Advanced Teacher Training College, Winneba, Ghana, Mathematics Education, 1989

Research Interests

  • Equity
    • Educational equity and diversity
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
    • Constructivism, inquiry-based learning, student understanding of mathematics concepts
  • Multicultural Education
    • Promote global education programs, emphasizing on commonalities shared by all peoples and at the same time understanding and appreciating the differences within various cultures and subcultures
  • Teacher Education



  • EDU T&L 708.70 Teaching and Learning Mathematics: ECE
  • EDU T&L 709.20 Mathematics Teaching and Learning I: MCE
  • EDU T&L 711.02 Equivalence Number and Algebra
  • EDU T&L 718 Mathematics Teaching and Learning II: MCE
  • EDU T&L 812 Mathematics in Elementary Schools

Selected Publications

  • Wiest, L. R., Ayebo, A., & Dornoo, M. D. (2010). Engaging all students with "impossible geometry". Australian Senior Mathematics Journal. Vol. 24, no. 1: 57-63.
  • Frost, J. H., & Dornoo, M. D. (2006). Similar shapes and ratios. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School. Vol. 12, no. 4: 222-224.
  • Gayle, D. L., Panorska, A. K., Susfalk, R. B., McGraw, D., McKay, W. A., & Dornoo, M. D. (2004). Suspended sediment and turbidity patterns in the middle Truckee River, California for the Period 2002/2003. Reno, NV, USA: DHS Publication.