General information:

Courses taught: Ph 607, Ph 461, Ph 425, Ph 313, Ph 211, 212, 213
Assistant Professor of Physics at Oregon State University since September 2007, Visiting Professor of Physics at College of the Holy Cross (Massachusetts), 2006-2007, PhD in Physics from The Ohio State University, 2006
Primary Research: Assessing student learning in reformed teaching environments, Developing and assessing models for faculty adoption of reformed teaching, Program evaluation for success of minorities at the graduate and undergraduate level (in South Africa), Studying the role of discourse in student affect and engagement
Other physics expertise: Computational particle physics, Cold atom physics, Atomic-beam experiments
Select Professional Activities: Past-President of the Oregon Association of Physics Teachers, Editorial Board for The Physics Teacher journal, Lower Division Course Committee, University Classroom Committee, Women in Physics Outreach
Hobbies: Ballet, karate, dog training, and travel. I often post a picture of a hobby before the start of class - feel free to ask me about it!

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Current Teaching and Research:

This spring I am teaching Physics 211 , the introductory calculus-based physics course - traditional format. Documents for this course will be regularly posted on blackboard.

Students have two options when signing up for 211, traditional lecture or combined lecture and studio. For more information about studio, see: this Life@OSU article, and this nation-wide Campus Technology article. The two sequences cover the same topics, and the traditional lecture will involve considerable student interaction and in-class problem solving.

My primary role at Oregon State University is the investigation and incorporation of methods to improve education for the large enrollment service courses in the Physics Department.

My research area is Physics Education Research and our group webpage is: OSUPER. My research group primarily investigates introductory course reform. My other main research interest is in helping underprepared students succeed in upper level physics, and I collaborate on related projects with the physics education researchers at the University of Cape Town.

Information about my current projects and publications can be found on the OSUPER page.

Here is an interesting article on what employers seek from new college graduates: read the article here.

Here is an excellent article on my main physics mentor and friend: Eugenia Etkina