2003 New Faculty Workshop Proceedings
<br>2003 New Faculty Workshop Proceedings
Background and Purpose
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.
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.
Physics and astronomy educators who participated in the Workshop as leaders in the breakout sessions were the following:
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