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Michael P Starbird

Department of Mathematics

Distinguished Teaching Professor | The University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers Fellow



Phone: 512-471-5156

Office Location
PMA 11.122

Postal Address
AUSTIN, TX 78712

Ph.D., Wisconsin (1974)

Research Interests


Dr. Starbird recently served as a member-at-large of the Council of the American Mathematical Society and on the national education committees of both the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America where he consistently promotes the significant role that mathematics can play in the general education of students. He has given more than 150 invited lectures at colleges and universities throughout the country and more than 20 minicourses and workshops to mathematics teachers.


The Heart of Mathematics: An invitation to effective thinking

Coincidences, Chaos, and All That Math Jazz: Making Light of Weighty Ideas

Number Theory Through Inquiry By: David C. Marshall, Edward Odell & Michael Starbird

Books In Progress

Dr. Starbird is working with two Ph.D. students (Brian Katz and David Paige, respectively) to complete the books on the Introduction to Higher Mathematics and Algebraic Topology. Thus, the notes for those topics will be updated soon.


  • Mathematical Association of America Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo National Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics, 2007
  • Eyes of Texas Excellence Award, 2002
  • Robert W. Hamilton Book Author Award Runner-up, 2001
  • Friar Society Centennial Teaching Fellowship, 2000
  • Academy of Distinguished Teachers, member, 1998-
  • Chad Oliver Plan II Teaching Award, 1997
  • Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence, 1995
  • Recreational Sports Super Racquets Champion, 1989
  • Board of Directors Member, Texas Lyceum Association, 1989-95
  • President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award, 1989
  • Excellence Award, Eyes of Texas, Fall, 1987
  • Dad's Association Centennial Teaching Fellowship, Fall, 1987
  • Natural Sciences Council Teaching Excellence Award (one of six), April, 1985
  • Minnie Stevens Piper Professor (awarded to ten professors each year in the state of Texas), 1984
  • Honorable mention, Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence, 1979
  • Visiting Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 1978-79
  • Faculty Fellow, The University of Texas, Austin, 1975-77, 82-86