In my career devoted to physical science education at university, I strive to help students connect theory to experiments & applications in research & technology. This quest has led to implementing research-based instructional strategies as well as research and development of new pedagogical approaches. Currently, my main pedagogical focus relates to teaching and training scientific research skills, understandings, and self-efficacy in physical science lab courses (see below).
My formal education consists of a BSc in physics and a BSEng in mechanical engineering from Ohio University, and a master's and PhD in electrical engineering from Princeton University. During my studies and, to a lesser extent, during my work as a lecturer I have participated in experimental research in solid state nanoscale systems and low temperature electron (spin) physics.
As a lecturer at Amsterdam University College since 2010, my teaching experience includes introductory physics, some applied mathematics, energy science, physics lab courses, nanoscience, and the Maker Lab course. The small-scale “university colleges” in the Netherlands are honors bachelor’s programs with a liberal arts and sciences basis and strong emphasis on student community. I am also an AUC “tutor”, serving as an academic advisor and helping students to make the most their AUC curriculum choices.
Current pedagogical research and development focus:
In 2019, I was awarded a Comenius Teaching Fellowship to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of AUC's multidisciplinary Maker Lab course. Full course materials from the Maker Lab’s first iteration were published in an open-source git repository (link) and accepted in several of ComPADRE’s well-known collections of physics teaching materials. Freek Pols and I published on the pandemic-resilience of the course design (link) and I have recently given presentations at academic conferences on the open inquiry methods: