I am available for consultation and speaking engagements. Please use the contact form to request more information.
External program review for physics.
I can review your department with respect to departmental, divisional, and institutional vision, goals, and assessment practices.
I can advise on proposed changes to physics department resources and programming.
Helping smaller physics departments thrive.
I can review your department’s current resources and programming in context of how it makes use of best practices and resources from the American Association of Physics Teachers and make recommendations for how you can best leverage those for meaningful impact for the scale of your department.
I can review your department’s curriculum to identify how you may make use of resources such as the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates and other external offerings to expand the experiences of your students.
The role of physics in liberal arts education.
Robust physics education can be an important contributor to the personal development of students and is integral to a healthy liberal arts institution. I can advise your department on the nature and future of its role in a liberal arts institution.
Speaking engagements. Some topics I am interested in sharing about in speaking engagements are as follows:
Thinking Like a Physicist - Whether You Are One or Not! There is tremendous value in a physics major program that is grounded in the liberal arts, and for other majors in the liberal arts to participate in physics education. Thinking like a physicist is a valuable quality for students to develop, no matter what their major is.
More than a Thousand Words: Making Medical Images More Meaningful. Medical physics is an exciting, challenging, and rewarding field for physicists - and undergraduate students need to learn about it as a wonderful option for future vocation. Medical physics surrounds us regularly as we engage with medical care, but so few people seem to know about it, even physicists and physics students! Physics students from liberal arts programs have much to offer the field of medical physics, because of their unique, broad-based educational experience. In my experience, when students hear about medical physics, they are very excited to learn about how they can apply their interest and love of physics to research and clinical work that has a close association with helping others, in a team-based, collaborative environment of physics peers and associates in other fields. I can share both specific and broad perspective and insight into the pathway for a physics major to pursue training and employment in medical physics, both clinically and in research (or both!).
Examples of previous talks I have given.
Illinois Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers Annual Meeting, “Making Your Physics of Music Course Truly Cross-Disciplinary.”
Wheaton College Science Sandwich Seminar. “James Clerk Maxwell: A Model for Twenty-first Century Physics in the Christian Liberal Arts.”
Midwest Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP). “More than a Thousand Words: Making Medical Images More Meaningful.”
Wheaton College Symposium on The Japanese Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Crisis - Scientific, Cultural and Spiritual Perspectives. “Effects of Radiation on the Environment and Human Body: Concerns for Japan and Beyond.”