Dr. Michael K. Janssen is an associate professor of mathematics. He earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics and physics from the University of South Dakota, and a master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where he studied commutative algebra and algebraic geometry under the direction of Dr. Brian Harbourne.
Mike has a variety of personal and professional interests. Professionally, he is interested in commutative algebra and algebraic geometry. He has also recently become interested in questions related to tropical algebra and geometry.
However, most of his professional time is spent thinking about teaching and learning. He has taught across the math major and into statistics. He is also a passionate practitioner of inquiry-based learning and alternative assessment practices (about which he has spoken and led workshops at national meetings). He is also interested in employing open educational resources whenever possible. His book, Rings with Inquiry, was born out of a desire for an open, rings-first, inquiry-oriented resource for abstract algebra. A new OER in the works supports an inquiry-oriented approach to a liberal arts math course loosely based on Francis Su’s Mathematics for Human Flourishing, and is available at emmath.org.
Personally, he has recently taken up running (as of the end of 2021, two 5Ks, four half marathons, and one marathon, with two marathons planned for 2022), and enjoys brewing beer, playing board games with his family and friends, and chasing his young children around the yard (or house, as the Iowa winters dictate).
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PhD in Mathematics, 2013
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
MS in Mathematics, 2009
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
BS in Mathematics and Physics, 2007
University of South Dakota
In Fall 2022, I’m teaching the following courses: