Supported Site Seattle Pacific University

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Seattle Pacific University

Goals & Outcomes
Teacher-In-Residence/Visiting Master Teacher (VMT)
Course Reform
Induction & Mentoring
Early Teaching Experience
Publications & Talks
Program Data


Stamatis Vokos
Associate Professor of Physics
Tel. 206-281-2385
Fax: 206-378-5400

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Seattle Pacific University, a four-year liberal-arts institution with around 3,000 students, has the potential to serve as a model for teacher preparation programs at liberal arts institutions around the country. One innovation that came out of SPU is the Visiting Master Teacher, who is essentially a part-time TIR taking on a subset of the roles of the traditional PhysTEC TIR. Like many PhysTEC sites, Seattle Pacific has made a Learning Assistant program a cornerstone of its recruitment and early teaching experience strategy. The project leaders also work closely with several progressive school districts, including Seattle and Bellevue, to provide robust, content-rich professional development for teachers. A strong spirit of collaboration exists between Seattle Pacific’s Physics Department and School of Education as well, exemplified by a faculty line split between these two units, and an interdisciplinary Science Education Task Force consisting of physics and education faculty. PhysTEC also benefits from Seattle Pacific’s NSF-funded Teacher Professional Continuum (TPC) grant to develop and improve diagnostic tools and skills, in collaboration with FACET Innovations, a company in the Seattle area that develops professional development software for teachers.

Site Leaders

Lane Seeley Lane Seeley
Stamatis Vokos Stamatis Vokos
Amy Robertson Amy Robertson
Kara Gray Kara Gray


Lezlie Dewater (2006-2009) Lezlie Dewater (2006-2009)
Sherm Williamson (2007-2008) Sherm Williamson (2007-2008)
Bill Lippitt (2008-2009) & VMT  (2010-2014) Bill Lippitt (2008-2009) & VMT (2010-2014)