Member Institution University of Kansas
University of Kansas
Hume Feldman, Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg Rudnick, Director of Graduate Program email@example.com
Phil Baringer, Associate Chair and Director of Undergraduate Program firstname.lastname@example.org
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Our courses are used to train physics teachers through the UKanTeach program. That means that any effort to improve our undergrad courses affects KU's physics teacher preparation.
From 2001 through 2007, KU licensed 7 Physics teachers total and since 2008 KU has licensed 13 so we have almost doubled our numbers. We actually probably have licensed a few more since students can take the physics Praxis content test and add a physics endorsement to their original license in chemistry, math, etc.
Our goal is to raise awareness of teaching physics as a career, so being a member of PTEC would help our efforts.
We are also in the process of "blending" all our introductory classes and reforming all introductory labs. This work is supported by a grant from the University.