red Supported Site Arizona State University: Teacher-In-Residence


  • We hired a Teacher in Residence (TIR) with experience as both a classroom teacher (18 years) and university experience as a Modeling Workshop Leader at ASU (10 years). The TIR was therefore able to focus more on PhysTEC project activities rather than solely learning the university environment.
  • The Department of Physics committed to hire the TIR regardless of the success of our proposal. Thus, we were able to bring our TIR on board before funding began.
  • The same TIR will continue at ASU for the 2013-2014 academic year, which will benefit continuity of the program.
  • The TIR designed and instructed the LA pedagogy course PHY 494/598 Seminar in Teaching and Learning Physics.
  • The TIR reformed and taught PHS 110 Fundamentals of Physical Science course for non-science majors.
  • The TIR collaborated with physics faculty members to reform PHY 121 University Physics I: Mechanics course (calculus-based, primarily for engineering majors).
  • TIR recruited and hired Learning Assistants to work with PhysTEC program in spring 2013 semester PHY 121 Mechanics courses.
  • TIR mentored pre-service STEM teachers and LAs throughout the year, leading weekly meetings with LAs in spring 2013 as they worked towards reforming two large-lecture sections of PHY 121 Mechanics.


  • TIR hiring had to be completed outside the parameters of the PhysTEC grant timeline (specifically in the spring prior to the TIRs tenure), as funding approval is not typically provided in accordance with the typical schedule of local districts.
  • Although committed to course reform, the TIR does not have the power to easily change the practice of physics faculty. Impetus is therefore provided by a small force over a very long time, and typical TIR tenure is not that long.


  • The physics department committed to hiring the TIR at ASU prior to involvement with the PhysTEC grant, and has plans to continue sustaining the TIR position in the near future.
  • Approximately 1/3 of the TIR is covered by the PhysTEC grant.

Lessons Learned

  • The TIR has contributed a large amount of progress to the project through her expertise of high school physics teaching and has provided a large network of K-12 teachers that are valuable to the success of our project.

List of TIRs over the Project

  • Fall 2012-Present: Kelli Gamez Warble - eighteen years high school teaching experience; Modeling Workshop leader in physics; Arizona School for the Arts.

Finding and Hiring a TIR

  • Teachers from Research Experience for Teachers (RET) programs may be known to the Physics Department and provide a pool of potential TIRs. (Our TIR did an RET with our department chair.)
  • Teacher-Leaders from professional development programs are good candidates. (Our TIR was a leader of many modeling workshops.)

Typical TIR Activities

  • Teaching one general studies course for non-science majors (PHS 110 Fundamentals of Physical Science).
  • Instructor for LA pedagogy course (PHY 494/598 Seminar in Teaching and Learning Physics).
  • Instructor for PHY 480 Methods of Physics Teaching course for pre-service physics teachers.
  • Collaborator in planning and implementation of any teaching-related/pedagogy courses within the physics department.
  • Mentoring pre-service teachers and helping find appropriate placements.
  • Recruiting, selecting, and training of Learning Assistants.
  • Ambassador to local teachers and school districts, the Teacher's College, and other education-related institutions (such as Teach for America).
  • Collaborator with physics faculty on course reform and the utilization of LAs and TAs.