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Physics Education



The physics department at the University of South Florida is committed to all aspects of undergraduate education. Faculty members are actively involved in implementing many results from physics education research in order to further enhance the experience of our undergraduate students. Currently, attention is given to the experiences of both physics majors and non-majors, with focus on curriculum and pedagogical improvements. Most recently, new undergraduate introductory laboratory manuals were written that employ techniques from inquiry-based physics. Additionally, the upper level laboratories for undergraduate physics majors are also being reworked to better prepare our student to enter a modern research lab setting. Other examples of present interests include implementing the peer instruction method in our large lectures, developing assessment techniques, and investigating the effectiveness of different online homework systems. In the future, it is expected that our interests will continue to expand in order to include research that actively investigates current questions in the field of physics education research.

NameContact InfoResearch
Criss, Robert - Instructor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Office: ISA 4204
Phone: 813/974-0165
E-mail: rcriss@usf.edu
Website:

             
Mackay, Kevin - Instructor
Office: ISA 4213
Phone: 813/974-4294
E-mail: mackay@usf.edu
Website:

             
McCormick, Alexander - Instructor
Office: ISA 4207
Phone: 813/974-1762
E-mail: anm4@usf.edu
Website: http://faculty.cas.usf.edu/amccormick/
Pradhan, Gauri - Instructor
Office: ISA 4203
Phone: 813/974-5125
E-mail: gauri@usf.edu
Website:
Woods, Gerald - Instructor & General Physics Lab Director
Office: ISA 4219
Phone: 813/974-7351
E-mail: gwoods@usf.edu
Website: