25-28, June 25-28, 2012
8:00am - 5:00pm
American Center for Physics
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740
New Faculty Workshop for Physics and Astronomy held by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), in conjunction with the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and the American Physical Society (APS)
Held by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), in conjunction with the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and the American Physical Society (APS). Presenters include Ed Prather (Steward Observatory, Univ. of Arizona, Center for Astronomy Education), Lillian McDermott (Univ. of Washington), Eric Mazur (Harvard), David Sokoloff (Univ. of Oregon) & Ronald Thornton (Tufts), and a whole host of fabulous physics educator!!
The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), in conjunction with the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and the American Physical Society (APS), holds a workshop for new physics and astronomy faculty members each year at the American Center for Physics. Now in its 16th year, this semi-annual conference helps new faculty understand how students learn physics and astronomy and suggests how this information can impact a new professor's teaching methods. The workshop is intended for faculty in the first few years of their initial tenure-track appointment at a four-year college or university.
If you are interested in participating, ask your department chair if he or she has received information about this event so that he or she can nominate you!
This discussion format and small breakout groups of the workshop permit the participants to exchange ideas with one another and with leading innovators in physics and astronomy education. View the Program from our past June 2011 workshop.
Attendees must be recently hired faculty and must be nominated by their Department Chair. By “recently hired” we mean faculty in the first few years of their initial tenure-track appointment. The ideal nominee would be one who has been teaching for a year or two and who is beginning to realize that good teaching may be a more difficult enterprise than he or she originally thought. We are confident that your new faculty will use what they learn for the improvement of instruction at your institution. By providing examples of well-tested paths to successful teaching, the Workshop will allow your nominee greater time to focus on research and scholarship, thereby offering benefits to the individual and to your department. This series of workshops has substantially contributed to the national effort to improve physics and astronomy instruction. It is not our goal to turn new faculty into specialists in pedagogy or educational methodology. Instead, we will acquaint them with a small number of teaching techniques that have been shown to be effective in a wide variety of institutions and course levels. We will also schedule follow-up sessions at regular meetings of the APS, AAPT and AAS.
To find out more about the nominating process, deadlines for nomination, and other useful information, please go to the AAPT New Faculty Workshop Website.
This workshop is now closed. If you are interested in participating in this workshop, please talk to your department chair so that he or she can nominate you
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