red Supported Site Central Washington University: Recruitment

Successes

  • The physics department started promoting dual degree program with students who express an interest in physics teaching.
  • The PI presented information about the PhysTEC project, the LA program, and pedagogical research opportunities in many CWU and high school classrooms.
  • The department developed physics teaching "rack card" (4"x9" double sided information card) to distribute to interested students.

Challenges

  • It is difficult to balance the demands of developing curriculum and visiting community colleges to promote the CWU physics teaching program.

Sustainability

  • The memorandum of understanding formalizing the dual degree program was signed by the physics department chair, the mathematics department chair and the college dean.

Lessons Learned

  • The PI needs to list off-campus PhysTEC planning and recruitment visits in his official university workload plan.

Activities

  • The PI presented information about the PhysTEC project, the LA program, and pedagogical research opportunities in each PHYS 181 class (first quarter of calculus-based physics), the department seminar class (PHYS 499), and a freshman STEM student seminar class (STEP 103).
  • The PI promoted the CWU physics program, including physics education, at five high school physics classroom visits.