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Dr. Laura Jacobsen
Room A126, Peters Hall

Dr. Laura J. Jacobsen is an associate professor in mathematics education and currently serves as Coordinator for the M.S. in Mathematics Education Initiative. 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 45 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.