Associate Professor Tim Chartier doesn't mind that people think of him as "a different kind of mathematician." It's a lot more captivating to learn concepts from a big-eyed actor facing you with hands defining an invisible wall than from a teacher facing the blackboard. Chartier's engaging means of blending the two seemingly incompatible skills has brought him opportunities to perform (silently for the most part) his "Mime-matics" show worldwide. Along with his spouse/performance partner Tanya, the show illustrates concepts such as estimation, tiling and infinity. The Chartiers like to describe their pedagogy as "STEAM" rather than "STEM." In other words–STEM with the arts in it.
Despite current acclaim, and the success of his book Math Bytes: Google Bombs, Chocolate Covered Pi and Other Cool Bits in Computing, Chartier had to overcome early adversity when a childhood disease left him paralyzed. Bedridden for two months, he used the time to create theatrical scenarios in his mind. His love of math developed later, in college, and his blending of the two came after he joined the Davidson faculty in 2003.