Biographies: The University of Missouri - Columbia

Doug Steinhoff, 2012-2013

Doug SteinhoffHello from Missouri!

Hi, my name is Doug Steinhoff and I live and work in Columbia Missouri, home to the University of Missouri and the Mizzou Tigers! I grew up in Missouri with a passion for science and the outdoors. I spent a lot of time with my dad, brother and 3 sisters in the woods and on the water in pursuit of table fare. It has become a passionate hobby of mine even today.

In 1984 I graduated with a degree from MU and immediately started my science teaching career. Since then, I've obtained my masters degree and also been deeply involved in teaching "Physics First" to fellow science teachers as Missouri is a part of a strong wave to get physics taught to every Freshman in the state. Now we currently have 37 school districts that have participated in the program and we have seen great changes in the way students learn and view physics. To say it has been a success would be an injustice. Getting the wave to keep rolling along isn't going to be easy.

I've been teaching freshman science for 29 years at the same school, and now that I'm nearing the end of my stay, I see a real need for continuing this push for physics in the classroom. With the end of our Physics First funding, we found that sustaining the program as our next challenge. This is where I got involved. Exploring every avenue I have to encourage our students to consider becoming a physics teacher.

So after all these years of having a daily routine that consisted of 50 minute lessons, 5 minute supervisions and 20 minute lunches, followed by hours of developing lessons and grading papers, I find myself working for the the University of Missouri and how things have slowed down drastically for me. University time and Public School time are on two different clocks. I now have time to work on emails, write newsletters, and talking with students on their own time. The problem is that I don't know what to do with my long lunch. After I've scarfed down my lunch in 10 minutes, I don't know what to do with the other 50 minutes. To be honest, it really doesn't feel right. Oh well, I'll just have to suffer through it!