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Professor Diane Evans talks with students during one of her classes at Rose-Hulman

Diane Evans

Mathematics and Engineering Management professor Diane Evans’ brings her subject to life for her students

Diane Evans Makes Learning Math a Conversation

Professor Diane Evans would prefer that her students talk in class rather than take notes. In fact, she even hands out lecture notes at the beginning of class to save students the trouble of writing everything down. That may sound unorthodox, but Evans believes much of the real learning comes through interaction.

"It's almost like we're having a conversation, doing examples, and filling in the gaps."

She's a big believer in real-world examples, using bottled water taste tests and hands-on studies of M&M manufacturing defects to help students connect with tough concepts.

She uses dice, cards and statistical puzzles.

"I'm a very visual person," says Evans. "I have to see pictures, diagrams and have hands-on examples. I find it works well for them, too."

Beyond making tough concepts easier to grasp, Evans' approach sets a fun and informal tone that seems to resonate with students.

With what she puts into each class, students can see that Evans is working just as hard as they are, and that makes a positive and inspirational impression.

"They see that I love it, and they try to appreciate what I am showing them," she says. And that, in turn, is a source of great joy for her. "There is nothing better than talking about mathematics and statistics with students who are interested in learning the subject." A Six Sigma black belt, Evans was named one of the Princeton Review’s Best 300 Teachers in 2012.

Anne M. Houtman, vice president for academic affairs

Anne M. Houtman

Dr. Houtman, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, joined Rose-Hulman in 2016 after serving as dean of the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering at California State University, Bakersfield. She also led the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology from 2011-13.

Dr. Houtman earned her doctorate in zoology from the University of Oxford, a master’s degree in anthropology from UCLA, and a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College. She also attended Harvard University’s Institute for Management and Leadership in 2015 and is also a Rose-Hulman professor of Biology and Biomedical Engineering

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