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Daniel Jelsovsky, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Mathematics

"Math is not a spectator sport. You learn to solve problems by solving problems, not by watching people solve problems. To think you can learn math by watching is as foolish as saying I can hit a baseball by watching Evan Longoria. I will help students think their way through advanced problems. This will stay with them long after any formula has faded from memory. "

Dr. Jelsovsky was born and raised in the Tampa Bay Area. He is a graduate of Brandon High School and the University of South Florida (B.A., M.A., and Ph.D.) He received his Ph.D. in Knot Theory in August 2000. He started at FSC in Fall 2000.

Dr. Jelsovsky is a topologist who specializes in knot theory. Dr. Jelsovsky teaches mathematics courses in social world algorithms, elementary statistics, calculus, proof techniques, elementary analysis, linear algebra, and topology. He serves as an advisor to mathematics majors and minors and he directs undergraduate mathematics research and projects.

Dr. Jelowsky takes great pride in bringing outstanding speakers to campus. He has brought several conferences to Florida Southern including the Florida Analysis Seminar (FLOAS) and the MAA Suncoast Regional Convention along with meetings of the Florida Section of the MAA and the Florida Two-Year College Mathematics Association. He also coordinates the popular Hartje Lecture Series annually.

Courses Taught

Social World Algorithms; Linear Algebra I and II; Proof Techniques; Elementary Analysis; Introduction to Mathematic Modeling; College Algebra; Discrete Mathematics; Precalculus; Elementary Statistics; Basic Calculus I and II; Mathematics With Maple; Calculus with Plane Analytic Geometry I; A Bridge to Higher Mathematics; Differential Equations; Topology; Visual Basic; The Examined Life


Ph.D., M.A., B.A., Mathematics, University of South Florida

Honors and Awards

Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (FSC chapter president 2010-11)

Golden Key Honor Society, Kappa Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society

Florida Section of MAA Coordinator of Student Activities 2004-08

Recent publications

MR1990571 Carter, J. Scott; Jelsovsky, Daniel; Kamada,Seiichi; Langford, Laurel; Saito, Masahico; “Quandle cohomology and state-sum invariants of knotted curves and surfaces.” Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 355 (2003), no. 10, 3947—3989 (electronic).57M27 (57Q45)

MR1831677 (2002f:57021) Carter, J. Scott; Jelsovsky, Daniel; Kamada, Seiichi; Saito, Masahico; “Shifting homomorphisms in quandle cohomology and skeins of cocycle knot invariants.” J. Knot Theory Ramifications 10 (2001), no. 4, 579--596.57M27

MR1812049 (2002f:57010) Carter, J. Scott; Jelsovsky, Daniel; Kamada, Seiichi; Saito, Masahico; “Quandle homology groups, their Betti numbers, and virtual knots.” J.Pure Appl. Algebra 157 (2001), no. 2-3, 135--155. 57M25 (55U15 57M27)

MR1808844 (2001m:57009) Carter, J. Scott; Jelsovsky, Daniel; Kamada, Seiichi; Saito, Masahico “Computations of quandle cocycle invariants of knotted curves and surfaces.” Adv. Math. 157 (2001), no. 1, 36--94. 57M25 (57Q45)

MR1725613 (2002c:57014) Carter, J. Scott; Jelsovsky, Daniel; Kamada, Seiichi; Langford, Laurel; Saito, Masahico; “State-sum invariants of knotted curves and surfaces from quandle cohomology.” Electron. Res. Announc. Amer. Math. Soc. 5 (1999), 146—156 (electronic). 57M27 (57M25 57Q45)

Jelsovsky Daniel; Jelsovsky, Zhihong; (College Algebra Reform Applied to China);(Journal of Chinese Scientific and Educational Innovation) issue 28, 2009 pages 117-118.

Jelsovsky, Daniel; Henderson Jr., Kenneth; Serrano, Susan. “Transforming College Algebra at Florida Southern College.” Partner Discipline Recommendations for Introductory College Mathematics and the Implications for College Algebra. (Edited by Ganter, Susan L. and Haver, William E.) pp 55-59.