Invitation to Noah Finkelstein Visit

January 29, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

Thanks to funding from the AAU to support excellence in teaching, the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs is hosting Noah Finkelstein for a campus visit Monday Feb. 5. Finkelstein is a professor of physics at the University of Colorado - Boulder and a nationally recognized leader in discipline-based education research, as well as a scholar of institutional change.

Please register for any of the following discussions that interest you:

10:00 - 10:50 am   CU’s Center for STEM Learning Programs What programs are found under this umbrella, and what can we learn about this model that is applicable to UO? 147 Willamette

3:00 – 3:45 pm    CU’s Teaching Quality Framework Initiative How is CU looking at the evaluation of teaching, and what can we learn from this model that may inform our Senate Task Force currently working on this topic. Price Science Commons - Viz Lab

4:00 – 4:50 pm    Colloquium: Physics Educational Transformation at a Critical Time: the promises of disciplinary engagemen 125 McKenzie

Significant, perhaps unprecedented, attention is being paid to the needs for transformation of STEM education at the undergraduate level. This talk examines how higher education STEM disciplines, and physics departments in particular, are positioned to contribute to these discussions. Topics will include:

  • Growth of the physics education research (PER) program at CU-Boulder
  • Understanding of student reasoning to study and transform our introductory through upper division courses
  • How our environments do and do not support women in physics,
  • Examination of the data regarding teaching physics through a massively open online course (MOOC).


Sierra Dawson

Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs