New Century College

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Michael R Gabel

Michael R Gabel

Michael R Gabel

Associate Professor

Mathematics

Dr. Michael R. Gabel is an Associate Professor of Mathematics and Integrative Studies in George Mason University’s New Century College. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Brandeis University.

Professor Gabel was a member of the faculty group that created Mason's award-winning interdisciplinary PAGE (Plan for Alternative General Education) Program and is currently teaching in the University's innovative New Century College. He has been Senior Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Chair of the CAS Committee on Innovative Education, Chair of the University-wide Academic Computing Advisory Committee, Chair of the Faculty Senate Standing Committee on Effective Teaching, Co-Chair of the President's Project Team on Learning Initiatives, and Director of the University's Instructional Development Office. He was named a 1989-90 ACE Fellow and a 2008-2009 SENCER Leadership Fellow. He is currently a co-principal investigator of Keck/PKAL grant on Facilitating Interdisciplinary Learning. He has given numerous lectures and presentations on Mathematics, General Education, and the Applications of Technology to Teaching. He is a member of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars and is a 2002 recipient of a Mason Teaching Excellence Award as well as the 2002 David J. King Faculty Teaching Award for "significant, long-term contributions to the overall educational excellence of the university."

In addition to a wide range of graduate and undergraduate courses in the Mathematics Department, he has taught a Quantitative Problem Solving course in the Honors Program, Honor's Calculus, and the learning communities Community of Learners, The Natural World, Mathematics and Culture, Conservation Studies, and The Nature of Mathematics in New Century College.

His interests include computers and the "natural world." He has also traveled extensively in West, North, Southern, and East Africa as well as in Europe, Central/South America, India, the Himalayas and, particularly, Southeast Asia.

Courses Taught

NCLC 110 Community of Learners

NCLC 120 The Natural World

NCLC 230 Mathematics and Culture

NCLC 333 The Nature of Mathematics

NCLC 401 Conservation Biology

MATH 108 Business Calculus

MATH 110 Introduction to Probability and Statistics

MATH 113 Calculus I

MATH 203 Matrix Algebra

MATH 301 Number Theory

MATH 322 Linear Algebra

Education

Ph.D. Mathematics, Brandeis University

B.S. Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professional Affilliations

Mathematical Association of America

Recent Awards

2008-2009 SENCER Leadership Fellow

2002 GMU Teaching Excellence Award

2002 David J. King Faculty Teaching Award