Winter 2009 Outstanding Educator
PAUL E. FISHBACK
Dr. Paul E. Fishback is professor of mathematics at Grand Valley State University. He has served as a member of the GVSU faculty since 1993.
Fishback received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Hamilton College in 1985, and went on to earn a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1992.
Fishback is described by his former students as approachable, patient and engaging. They commend him for his ability to make very difficult subject matter easily understandable.
He is recognized for his accessibility, concern for the personal and professional development of his students, and the passion he has for his subject matter. He has been the GVSU chapter advisor for Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, since 1999. He is also a member of PME’s national council. He previously served as the department liaison to the Mathematical Association of America, for which he is still a member.
Fishback has authored various articles on wide-ranging mathematics topics, having co-written with his former students on numerous occasions. His textbook Linear and Nonlinear Programming with Maple: An Interactive, Applications-Based Approachwill be published December 8, 2009.
Fishback and his wife Barb currently reside in Grandville with their two children.