Research Associate Professor • Assessment of problem solving, perceptions of physics, perceptions of teaching as a profession, simluations
Colorado School of Mines Department of Physics

I have lived my entire life in Colorado! I earned a B.A. in Physics from the University of Northern Colorado in 1994, an M.S. in Physics (AMO) from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1996 and returned to Boulder to complete a Ph.D. in Physics (Education Research) in 2007. My research interests include: Problem solving evaluation, low stakes assessment and evaluation, student perceptions of science, students’ perceptions of teaching as a career, acoustics educational materials, interactive computer simulations and integration of education research results into courses and curricula. I have 15 years of experience teaching introductory physics, physical science for elementary teachers, methods for secondary teachers and science education research seminar. I have compiled materials related to these various courses and share them freely. I have also juggled a few other roles while teaching, ranging from co-Director of the PhET Interactive Simulations Project, to Education Coordinator for the Acoustical Society of America. Currently I am working with several national societies to build a campaign aimed at recruiting secondary math and science teachers. In my free time I like to garden, spend time with my family and run with my dog.