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2003 New Faculty Workshop Proceedings

Background and Purpose
The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), American Physical Society (APS), and American Astronomical Society (AAS) held a workshop Nov. 6-9, 2003, at the American Center for Physics. The purpose of the workshop was to help new physics and astronomy faculty understand how undergraduate students learn physics and astronomy and the implications of this information for their own teaching activities.

The workshop covered new developments in astronomy and physics, curricula and pedagogy. This is the seventh in a series of NSF sponsored workshops that began in 1996, and have been attended by more than 500 new physics and astronomy faculty.

Faculty members in the first years of tenure track appointments are under great pressure to establish a productive research program — generally the primary criterion for promotion and tenure — and also to teach. As a result, the development of expertise in undergraduate teaching is generally accorded only secondary priority by both new faculty and the senior faculty that make tenure decisions.

In addition to providing materials and guidance for individual improvement, this workshop introduced new faculty to the scholarship of pedagogy as well as effective teaching techniques that differ from the widely used lecture session and problem solving discussions.
Topics highlighted included active learning and interactive lectures, assessment of learning gains, addressing conceptual misunderstandings, using technology, minority and gender issues, training the next generation, and pre-college outreach activities.

Nine presenters discussed new developments in physics and astronomy, curricula and pedagogy with the participants during plenary sessions. In addition, they and 10 other physics and astronomy educators served as resource leaders throughout the workshop by leading breakout sessions that were held in parallel with the plenary sessions.

Due to the large number of applicants for this workshop, there was a significant change in structure from previous workshops. For six of the plenary sessions, the almost 90 participants were divided into two groups. One group attended the plenary presentation while the other group participated in breakout discussions on various topics of interest to participants, or topics related to presentations in earlier plenary sessions.

Proceedings
For each of the presentations listed below, a bio of the presenter is available by clicking on their name. The majority of the presentations are available as PowerPoint or Acrobat .pdf files.

 
Welcome and Opening Remarks
undefinedKenneth S. Krane
Oregon State University Chair
New Faculty Workshop
E-mail: kranek@physics.orst.edu
 
Plenary Session I
undefined"Using Technology in Instruction"
Robert Beichner
North Carolina State University
E-mail: beichner@ncsu.edu
The website for the PER Group at North Carolina State University is http://www.ncsu.edu/PER/
 
Plenary Session II
undefined"Research as a Guide to Improving Student Learning"
Lillian McDermott
University of Washington
E-mail: lcmd@phys.washington.edu
The website for the Physics Education Group at the University of Washington is
http://www.phys.washington.edu/groups/peg/
 
Plenary Session III
undefined"Active Learning and Interactive Lectures"
Eric Mazur
Harvard University
E-mail: mazur@physics.harvard.edu
The website for Mazur's research group at Harvard is http://mazur-www.harvard.edu/
 
Plenary Session IV
undefined"How to Help Your Students Develop Expertise in Problem Solving"
Kenneth Heller
University of Minnesota
E-mail: heller@physics.spa.umn.edu
The website of Heller's research group at the University of Minnesota is http://www.physics.umn.edu/groups/physed/
 
 
Demonstration
undefined"The Physics IQ Test"
Richard Berg
University of Maryland
E-mail: reberg@physics.umd.edu
Berg's website at the University of Maryland is http://www.physics.umd.edu/deptinfo/facilities/lecdem/
 
Plenary Session VI
undefined"How to Get Your Students to Prepare for Every Class"
Evelyn Patterson
U.S. Air Force Academy
E-mail: evelyn.patterson@usafa.af.mil
Patterson's website, with JiTT resources, at the Air Force Academy can be reached at http://www.usafa.af.mil/dfp/physics/webphysics/NFW03/
 
 
 
Plenary Session IX
undefined"Inclusive Teaching"
Jim Stith
American Institute of Physics
E-mail: jstith@aip.org
 
Physics and astronomy educators who participated in the Workshop as leaders in the breakout sessions were the following:

Bradley Ambrose
Grand Valley State University

Gina Brissenden
Arizona State University

Susana Deustua
American Astronomical Society

Suvendra Dutta
Harvard University

Jack Hehn
American Institute of Physics

Paula Heron
University of Washington

Bernard Khoury
American Association of Physics Teachers

Veronica McCauley
Harvard University

Peter Shaffer
University of Washington

Tim Slater
Arizona State University