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Michael Jacobson, Ph.D.


Office Location: AB1-4305
Phone: (303) 315-1708

Areas of Expertise:
Mathematics/Graph Theory & Combinatorics, Mathematics Education

Education & Degrees

Ph.D., Mathematics, Emory University, 1980
M.S., Mathematics, Emory University, 1977
B.S., Mathematics, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1975


Mike Jacobson is currently Professor & formerly Chair of the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver (UCD). He received his undergraduate training at the State University of New York @ Stony Brook completing his B.S. and secondary teaching certification in 1975. He completed his M.S. and Ph.D. at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1977 and 1980 respectively, concentrating on Combinatorics and Graph Theory. From 1980 - 2003, he was a faculty member at the University of Louisville, attaining the rank of Professor in 1988, and serving as department chair for seven years, and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences for five years during his time in Louisville. While in Louisville, he worked on numerous projects with teachers in the Louisville area. In 2003, Dr. Jacobson was recruited to the University of Colorado Denver as Department Chair. He is presently co-pi with Doris Kimbrough on the NSF funded "RM-MSMSP", where he has overseen the development and instruction of eight courses particular aimed at providing Middle School teachers with a challenging mathematical curriculum. In addition, he is co-pi on the Colorado Department of Education "Professional Learning Access in Science & Math through Internet Delivery" (PLASMID) with the intended purpose of developing on line versions of several of the RM-MSMSP courses for Middle School teachers in rural districts. Recently, he was awarded a $2.9M NSF funded GK12 "Transforming Experiences" grant to provide science and mathematics graduate students with the opportunity to become acquainted with K-12 education, with the primary purpose of increasing the number of Higher Education professionals able to work within the P-20 realm.

In addition, he has over 130 published mathematics research publications, three edited volumes, actively supervises doctoral students in the mathematical sciences and has held research funding in the mathematical sciences with the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense and the Office of Naval Research.

Select Publications

Faudree, R., Ferrara, M., Gould, R., Jacobson, M.S., “tKp-Saturated Graphs of Minimum Size,” Discrete Math. 309 (2009) 5870-5876.

Ferrara, M., Jacobson, M.S., Schmitt, J. and Siggers, M., “Potentially H-Bigraphic Sequences,” Discussiones Mathematicae–Graph Theory 29 (2009) 583 - 596.

Faudree, R., Gould, R., Jacobson, M.S. and Magnant, C., “Ramsey Numbers in Rainbow Triangle-free colorings,” Australasian J. of Comb., Vol. 46, (2010) 269-284.

Ferrara, M., Harris, A., and Jacobson, M.S., “The Game of F-Saturator,” Discrete Applied Math 158 (2010) 189-197.

Busch, A., Chen, G., and Jacobson, M.S., “Tournament Score Sequences are pan-partition transitive,” J. Graph Theory 1 64 (2010) 52-62.

Ferrara, M., Harris, A., and Jacobson, M.S., “Cycle Lengths in Hamiltonian Graphs with a pair of vertices having large degree sum,” Graphs & Combinatorics 26 (2010) 215-223.

Faudree, J., Faudree, R., Gould, R., Jacobson, M.S. and Magnant, C., “Chvátal – Erdös Type Theorems,” Discussiones Mathematicae–Graph Theory 30 (2010) 245-256.

Ferrara, M., Harris, A., and Jacobson, M.S., “Hamiltonian Cycles Avoiding Sets of Edges in a Graph,” Australasian J. of Comb., Vol. 48, (2010) 191-203.

Larson, J., Jacobson, M.S., Den Ouden, K. and Basile, C., “Innovative Teaching Ideas: To Infinity and Beyond,” to appear in Mathematics Teaching in Middle Schools.

Carole Basile, Karen Koellner, Doris Kimbrough, Michael Jacobson, Linda Morris, Barbara Heath, “The Veritable Quandary of Measuring Teacher Content Knowledge in a Math and Science Partnership” submitted for publication.

Courses Taught

MATH 4408: Applied Graph Theory
MATH 4409: Applied Combinatorics
MATH 5007: RM-MSMP: Discrete Math–Counting the Possibilities
MATH 6404: Applied Graph Theory
MATH 7405: Advanced Graph Theory
MATH 7409: Applied Combinatorics
Math 7410: Combinatorial Structures