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The Physics Teacher May 2020Race and Physics Teaching Articles from The Physics Teacher, May 2020 - January 2021

This cover image evokes the theme of this fall's special collection: "Race and Physics Teaching." The relay runners, shown over a rich backdrop of iconic physics images, appear in many shades and varieties of body types to reflect the inherent non-binary nature of race and gender, subjects that are far too often treated as strictly binary. What aspects of this mosaic speak to you as a teacher?

Editorial Introduction
The call went out in December 2018 for articles on “Sex, gender, and physics, and the introductory physics classroom,” seemingly an eternity ago. Amid the heady celebrations of Dr. Donna Strickland’s Nobel Prize for chirped pulse amplification and the more sober reflections on the report on Sexual Harassment of Women from the National Academy of Sciences, we hoped that we could help facilitate a second chorus of enlightenment, advice, guidance, and information on this subject to complement the earlier collection on “Race and Physics Teaching” for physics teachers in the trenches. And what a glorious response came forth! More than 30 manuscripts were submitted, emanating from brilliant and creative scholars and teachers, covering the subject from numerous perspectives.

We all have privilege. Some of the privilege we have is by choice and we put forth effort to attain, such as the privilege that comes with our level of education. Other privileges we have may be the result of no effort on our part;we may have privileges based on the country where we were born, the race with which we identify or are identified by others, or the language we first learned to speak, among other things. For many, we have a sense of pride in the privileges that come with the things we worked to attain such as our level of education. It can be a little harder to grapple with the privileges that were handed to us, so to speak. It is even harder to come to terms with the reality that the privileges that were handed to us influenced our ability to gain things for which we may have worked hard to obtain.


Articles in This Collection


A second call-and-RESPONSE! Geraldine L. Cochran and Gary D. White The Physics Teacher 58, 292 (2020); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.5145516


Physics from an Underrepresented Lens: What I Wish Others Knew Sofia Herrera, Ikram A. Mohamed and Abigail R. Daane The Physics Teacher 58, 294 (2020); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.5145517

Why Are There So Few Women in Physics? Reflections on the Experiences of Two Women Danny Doucette and Chandralekha Singh The Physics Teacher 58, 297 (2020); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.5145518

The Elephant in the (Physics Class)Room: Discussing Gender Inequality in Our Class Olivia Eickerman and Moses Rifkin The Physics Teacher 58, 301 (2020); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.5145520

Supporting Inclusive Teaching in Introductory College Physics Stephen Getty, Natalie Gosnell, Barbara Whitten and Joseph Taylor The Physics Teacher 58, 312 (2020); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.5145523

Simple Steps to Promote Classroom Engagement and Inclusion: A Report from the Field Roger G. Tobin The Physics Teacher 58, 316 (2020); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.5145524

Physics Textbooks from 1960–2016: A History of Gender and Racial Bias Timothy M. Lawlor and Timothy Niiler The Physics Teacher 58, 320 (2020); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.5145525

Networks of Support: Investigating a Counterspace that Provides Identity Resources for Minoritized Students in Post-Secondary Physics Allison J. Gonsalves and Hannah R. Chestnutt The Physics Teacher 58, 324 (2020); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.5145526

Being a Token Black Female Faculty Member in Physics: Exploring Research on Gendered Racism, Identity Shifting as a Coping Strategy, and Inclusivity in Physics Danielle Dickens, Maria Jones and Naomi Hall The Physics Teacher 58, 335 (2020); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.5145529

Lessons from Research Exploring the Underrepresentation of Women in Physics Chris Gosling and Allison J. Gonsalves The Physics Teacher 58, 342 (2020); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.5145532

Gender & Self-Efficacy: A Call to Physics Educators Rachel Henderson, Vashti Sawtelle and Jayson Micheal Nissen The Physics Teacher 58, 345 (2020); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.5145533

The International Conferences for Women in Physics Laura McCullough and Jessica Esquivel The Physics Teacher 58, 349 (2020); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.5145534

Changing Culture and Climate to Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Physics Educational Setting Alexis V. Knaub, Steven J. Maier and Lin Ding The Physics Teacher 58, 352 (2020); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.5145535

September 2020

Sex, Gender, and Physics Teaching, Continued Gary White and Geraldine L. Cochran The Physics Teacher 58, 372 (2020); https://doi.org/10.1119/10.0001823

Why Aren’t More Theories Named After Women? Teaching Women’s History in Physics Beth Parks The Physics Teacher 58, 377 (2020); https://doi.org/10.1119/10.0001830

Sex and Gender as Non-binary: What Does this Mean for Physics Teachers? Adrienne Traxler and Jennifer Blue The Physics Teacher 58, 395 (2020); https://doi.org/10.1119/10.0001835

Gender, Self-Assessment, and Classroom Experiences in AP Physics 1 Marta R. Stoeckel The Physics Teacher 58, 399 (2020); https://doi.org/10.1119/10.0001836

Ya Basic: Examining the Duality of Minority-Serving Conference Experiences Xandria R. Quichocho The Physics Teacher 58, 408 (2020); https://doi.org/10.1119/10.0001839

Active Learning in an Inequitable Learning Environment Can Increase the Gender Performance Gap: The Negative Impact of Stereotype Threat Alexandru Maries, Nafis I. Karim and Chandralekha Singh The Physics Teacher 58, 430 (2020); https://doi.org/10.1119/10.0001844

October 2020

Sex, Gender, and Physics Teaching: Part III! Gary D. White and Geraldine L. Cochran The Physics Teacher 58, 452 (2020); https://doi.org/10.1119/10.0002056

2021 American Physics Society – Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) January 22-24, 2021 Barbara Szczerbinska, Evie Downie and Brianna Mount The Physics Teacher 58, 452 (2020); https://doi.org/10.1119/10.0002057

November 2020

Sex, Gender, and Physics Teaching: Part IV! Gary White and Geraldine Cochran The Physics Teacher 58, 532 (2020); https://doi.org/10.1119/10.0002367

December 2020

Sex, Gender and Physics Teaching: Part V! Gary D. White and Geraldine L. Cochran The Physics Teacher 58, 611 (2020); https://doi.org/10.1119/10.0002720

Where Do Women of Color Complete Physics Degrees? Angela Johnson, Rose Young and Elizabeth Mulvey The Physics Teacher 58, 620 (2020); https://doi.org/10.1119/10.0002725

Is My Physics Textbook Sexist?>/a> Katemari Rosa and Maria Ruthe Gomes da Silva The Physics Teacher 58, 625 (2020); https://doi.org/10.1119/10.0002726

Schools on Different Corners: An Investigation into the Effects of Ethnicity and Socioeconomic Status on Physics Offerings in Northern California Public High Schools David Marasco and Bree Barnett Dreyfuss The Physics Teacher 58, 673 (2020); https://doi.org/10.1119/10.0002741

January 2021

Sex, Gender, and Physics Teaching: An ending and also a beginning Gary White and Geraldine Cochran The Physics Teacher 59, 3 (2021); https://doi.org/10.1119/10.0003003

For Girls, “Just” Just Isn’t Scientific Umairia Malik, David Low and Kate Wilson The Physics Teacher 59, 19 (2021); https://doi.org/10.1119/10.0003009