Jason F. Samuels

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Deputy Chairperson

EMAIL: jsamuels@bmcc.cuny.edu

Office: N-564

Office Hours:

Phone: +1 (212) 220-8000;ext=5232


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Math Education


  • B.S. Duke University, Mathematics,1996
  • M.S. SUNY-Stony Brook, Mathematics,2000
  • Ph.D. Columbia University, Mathematics Education,2010

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

  • “The Use of technology and visualization in calculus instruction”

    We investigate whether a different program of calculus instruction, reorganized to introduce the derivative using local linearity and to exploit the pedogogical advantages of both visualization and technology, results in learning outcomes which compare favorably with the typical outcomes recorded in previous research.


  • Samuels, J. & McElroy, T. & Jung, P. The N-extent of S^3(p,m),FUEJUM
  • Krauss, D & Hirsch, J & Samuels, J & Sanchez-Bravo, G & Nguyen, P. (2009) Thermoregulatory Estimate for the Threshold Body Size of the Evolution of Feathers in Dinosaurs. ,Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, v29.3 supplement. Abstracts of papers, 69th Annual Meeting, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.
  • Samuels, J. (2011) The Use of Technology and Visualization in Calculus Instruction. ,VDM Publishing.
  • Samuels, J. (2011) The relationship between learner characteristics and learning outcomes in a revised first-semester calculus course.,Proceedings of the 33rd annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME-NA)
  • Samuels, J. (2012) The Effectiveness of Local Linearity as a Cognitive Root for the Derivative in a Redesigned First-Semester Calculus Course. ,Proceedings of the 14th Annual Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (SIGMAA-RUME)

Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • Project NEXT Fellow, 2003-04

    MAA award for promising young new college faculty

  • PSC-CUNY grant, 2007-08

    awarded for “The Use of Technology in Calculus Instruction”, $2800

  • NSF TUES grant, 2013-2016

    “Raising Calculus to the Surface” $250,000. we design, implement, and investigate an innovative way to teach multivariable calculus using 3D surface manipulatives and other tools.

Additional Information

I am the coach of the BMCC Math Team. We meet every Wednesday from 2-330pm in N580.

I am on the organizing committee for the CUNY Math Challenge. Our inaugural contest was in 2009 Spring.