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Laura Jacobsen

PROJECT AFFILIATION:

  • ED MSP Program
    • Roles: Project Director, Project Researcher, Site Administrator

PROFESSIONAL ROLES

  • Higher Ed: Mathematics, Higher Ed: Education 

BIO

Dr. Laura J. Jacobsen is an Associate Professor in Mathematics Education and currently serves as Director for the M.S. in Mathematics Education. She has experience in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels for K-12 preservice and inservice teacher education programs. Courses include mathematics content, mathematics methods, and educational research and foundations topics. Dr. Jacobsen has special interest and expertise in issues of equity and diversity in mathematics education. For example, she has developed an undergraduate Mathematics for Social Analysis course for the elementary and middle grades preservice teacher education programs, as well as a graduate Issues of Equity and Diversity in Mathematics Education course for inservice teachers in the master's program for secondary mathematics. She has served as Principal Investigator for a National Science Foundation grant for the Mathematics Education in the Public Interest project (2009-2011).

Dr. Jacobsen chaired the development of the M.S. in Mathematics Education program, which is offered via distance education and graduated its first cohort of 14 teachers in spring and summer 2011. Related to that program, she has co-directed with Dr. Agida Manizade four Virginia Department of Education Mathematics and Science Partnership Program grants totaling $879,195. These grants have provided professional development for secondary teachers in the Southwest, Southside, and Richmond, VA areas, largely by funding teachers' tuition for graduate coursework. Approximately 30 school divisions partner with Radford University for these projects. In total, grants directed or co-directed by Dr. Jacobsen have totaled over $1.86 million.

Formerly in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Dr. Jacobsen was the recipient of the 2010 Artis Outstanding Faculty Award for Scholarship and Service in the College of Science and Technology at Radford University. She serves as a Board member for the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition and as Co-Chair of the Governing Council for the Coalition's Statewide Masters Programs. In 2011, Radford University's M.S. in Mathematics Education program collaborations with Virginia Commonwealth University and the MathScience Innovation Center in Richmond led to its selection as the first graduate program for secondary education selected for inclusion as a statewide program. 

EXPERTISE

Mathematics education
Teacher education
Teacher professional knowledge
Equity and diversity in mathematics education 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Jacobsen, L. J. (2012). Preface to "Equity in mathematics education: Unions and intersections of feminist and social justice literature." In H. Forgasz & F. Rivera (Eds.), Advances in Mathematics Education: Equity and Diversity in Mathematics Education. New York: Springer. Along with this preface, my original ZDM article from 2008 was reprinted.
Jacobsen, L. J. (2010). Embedding mathematics in the elementary teacher education curriculum network. Philosophy of Mathematics Education Journal, 25. Retrieved from http://people.exeter.ac.uk/PErnest/ [Invited contribution to special issue on Critical Mathematics Education].
Jacobsen, L. J., & Mistele, J. (2010). A balancing act: Mathematics teacher education in the public interest. In A. Manouchehri & D. Owens (Eds.), Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter for the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME-NA), Columbus, OH.
Jacobsen, L. J., & Mistele, J. M. (2010). Please don't do "Connect the dots": Mathematics lessons with social issues. Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal, 2(2), 9-15.
Spielman, L. J. (2009). Mathematics education in the public interest: Preservice teachers' engagement with and reframing of mathematics. In S. L. Swars, D. W. Stinson, & S. Lemons-Smith (Eds.), Proceedings of the 31st Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter for the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME-NA), Atlanta, GA.
Mistele, J., & Spielman, L. J. (2009). Engaging preservice teachers in mathematics: Social analysis in the mathematics classroom. Democracy and Education, 18(3), 64-67.
Mistele, J., & Spielman, L. J. (2009). The impact of "Math for Social Analysis" on math anxiety in elementary preservice teachers. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 12(4), 93-97.
(Paper also appeared in S. L. Swars, D. W. Stinson, & S. Lemons-Smith (Eds.) (2009, September), Proceedings of the 31st Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter for the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME-NA), Atlanta, GA.)
Spielman, L. J. (2008). Equity in mathematics education: Unions and intersections of feminist and social justice literature. ZDM - The International Journal on Mathematics Education, 40(5), 647-657.