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Supported SiteSupported 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 PI developed and published a CWU-PhysTEC web page. (http://www.cwu.edu/physics/cwu-phystec)
  • The PI presented information about the PhysTEC project, the LA program, and/or pedagogical research opportunities in CWU and high school classrooms.
  • The department finalized the development and printing of a physics teaching "rack card" (4"x9" double sided information card) to distribute to interested students. (Link)
  • The Science Education department developed rack cards to promote becoming a middle school or high school science teacher.

Challenges

  • It is difficult to balance the demands of teaching and scholarship with the need to visit high schools and 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.
  • The PI developed a simple database of all students interested in physics teaching.
  • The PI added three workload units to his 2014-15 workload for activities related to PhysTEC, including visiting high school physics courses for observations and recruiting.
  • Laid out and published a chart of CWU Pathways to Becoming a Physics teacher ( Link)

Lessons Learned

  • The PI needs to list off-campus PhysTEC planning and recruitment visits in his official university workload plan.
  • The PI needs to develop a more efficient and dependable way to keep physics teacher candidates informed of important events such as internships and scholarships.

Activities

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