Peter Plourde, EdD

EdD (Higher Education), Northeastern University
MS (Mathematics), University of Massachusetts Lowell

Peter Plourde

Peter Plourde is an assistant teaching professor in the Foundation Year program. His research interests include finding ways to improve degree attainment of traditionally under-represented minority students to attain a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. He presented an article, “Increasing STEM Degree Attainment for Under-Represented Minority Students,” at the 2012 Monmouth University race conference: Access and Privilege in Higher Education. As a published Hip Hop musician (also known as “Professor Lyrical”), he looks to infuse aspects of Hip Hop culture into his classroom whenever possible. An article featuring some of his teaching methods at the University was published in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Dr. Plourde regularly speaks and performs about his experiences in and out of the classroom, explaining to younger students how both Hip Hop and education have made the difference in his life. He is a member of the American Mathematical Society.

Previously, Dr. Plourde was an adjunct professor at several area colleges, including Bay State College, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Boston Culinary Institute, Fisher College, Lasell College, Middlesex Community College, and New England Institute of Art.

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