I have been teaching calculus-based introductory physics classes, Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism, since 2006. I like what I teach and try to share my excitement with the students. Despite the growing size of the classes, "I never teach a class, I teach a student". My favorite quote from students' evaluations is "I can't help but see physics everywhere I go now. It's pretty neat".
I am also an organizer of the annual Physics and Engineering Festival attended by thousands of people from all over Texas and other states. The Festival is an Affiliate Festival to the USA Science & Engineering Festival and a member of the Science Festivals Alliance.
Since 2007 I have been running the Physics Show. Over 20,000 people have attended my Shows on campus, at local schools, summer camps, and College of Science and University-wide outreach and recruitment events.
In 2012 together with Ed Fry, I started an innovative program DEEP (Discover, Explore, and Enjoy Physics & Engineering) funded from a Tier One Program grant from Texas A&M University. An outstanding team of DEEP mentors (grad students) works with undergraduate students on research, concept, design, and fabrication of science demonstration experiments. The program enhances undergraduate and graduate students learning and research experiences by incorporating active learning, service-oriented learning, and teamwork activities.
I am a co-organizer (together with Bhaskar Dutta (director) and Alexey Belyanin) of the Mitchell Institute Physics Enhancement Program (MIPEP) for high-school physics teachers.
Other activities include being an organizer/presenter at the Graduate Student Professional Development in Teaching seminar series, the Physics camp for the Youth Adventure Program, and physics coordinator for the Chemistry Open House and Science Exploration Gallery.
Grants to support pedagogical or curricular innovation
Principal Investigator, Student Success Faculty Fellow: "Early Intervention and Engagement in Freshman Physics Classes", TAMU, 2017-2018, $10,000
Principal Investigator (with William Bassichis): "Calculus Based Physics Courses Enhanced with Technology", TAMU, 2016 - 2017, $75,000
Principal Investigator: American Physical Society Outreach grant, 2015-2016: $10,000
Principal Investigator: Simons Foundation/Science Festival Alliance Just Add Science grant, 2015-2016, $10,000
Principal Investigator: Tier One Program grant 2012-2015: $300,000. Title: "DEEP:Discover, Explore, and Enjoy Physics & Engineering via High Impact Educational Experiences in Aggieland and Beyond"
Service-Learning Faculty Fellow for 2013: $2,500.
Flipping your course for 2013-2014: $2,000
Gerald R. North and Tatiana L. Erukhimova, "Atmospheric Thermodynamics. Elementary Physics and Chemistry". Cambridge University Press, 2009
Publications in journals & proceedings
- Plenary speaker: 2018 TAMU Transformational Teaching and Learning Conference, April 2018. College Station, TX. "It's not business, it's personal. Teaching large classes, one student at a time."
- Plenary speaker: 2018 Joint Spring Meeting of the Texas Sections of APS, AAPT, and Zone 13 SPS. March 2018, Stephenville, TX
- Invited speaker: APS March Meeting 2018, Los Angeles, CA: “Physics as a Street Art”.
- AAPT Winter Meeting 2018, San Diego, CA: “Just Add Science”.
- APS March Meeting 2017, New Orleans, LA: “Physics Reality Show”
- AAPT Winter Meeting 2017, Atlanta, GA: “Engaging the Public with Festivals” (invited speaker); “Enhancement Program for In-Service Physics Teachers at TAMU”; “New Video Resource for Calculus-based Introductory Physics at TAMU” (presented by graduate student Jonathan Perry).
- Texas A&M 2017 Teaching with Technology Conference (with William Bassichis and Jonathan Perry): “Freshman Physics Classroom: First Results”
- TAMU Pedagogy Forum, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, invited speaker
- TEDxTAMU, April 2016: “Physics as a Street Art”
- APS March Meeting 2016, Baltimore, Md.: "Texas A&M Physics Festival: bringing together the community, faculty, and students"
- AAPT Winter Meeting 2016, New Orleans, LA: "Texas A&M Physics & Engineering Festival: unique learning opportunity for community and students"
- Teacher Summit 2016, College Station, TX. Invited speaker. Physics Workshops.
- APS March Meeting 2015, San Antonio, TX: "Mitchell Institute Physics Enhancement Program for High School Teachers (MIPEP)"
- APS/AAPT Texas 2014 Fall Meeting, College Station, TX: "High Impact Hands-on Educational program for Physics & Engineering Students at Texas A&M"
- APS March Meeting 2014, Denver, Colorado: "DEEP: Discover, Explore, and Enjoy Physics & Engineering via High Impact Educational Experiences at Texas A&M and Beyond"
- Texas A&M 2014 Teaching with Technology Conference (with William Bassichis): “To Flip or Not to Flip? That's NOT the question"
- International Public Science Events Conference, Chicago, IL, February 12-13, 2014: invited speaker "Creating High-Energy K-12 Outreach Teams with University Students"
- Texas A&M Center of Teaching Excellence Fall 2013, Fall 2012 TA Training Meetings: plenary speaker "Teaching undergraduates: surviving or thriving?"
- Fall Induction of Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society, November 17, 2013, TAMU: keynote speaker "You're educators. You're born to make a difference".
- International Public Science Events Conference, Columbus, Ohio, October 10-11, 2012: invited talk “Off the Bench and Out of the Field: Scientists in Outreach”
- Teacher Summit 2012, College Station, TX. Invited speaker. Physics Workshop.