2017 PhysTEC Conference Invited Speakers

Michael Marder, University of Texas at Austin

Michael Marder is Professor of Physics at The University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on fracture of brittle solids. He has been  co-Director of UTeach, the UT Austin program to prepare secondary STEM teachers, since it began in 1997, and has overseen its expansion to more than 40 universities across the United States.  As a member of the American Physical Society Panel on Public Affairs, he has been coordinating a study of how STEM majors think about the prospect of teaching.

Stamatis Vokos, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo

Stamatis Vokos is a professor in the Physics Department at Cal Poly State University at San Luis Obispo. Previously, he directed the Physics Education Research Group at Seattle Pacific University. Dr. Vokos has also held positions at the University of Cyprus, the University of Washington, and at the Argonne National Lab and Lawrence Berkeley Lab.

Dr. Vokos' research focuses on the improvement of the teaching and learning of physics from K-20, including teaching energy and support for effective K-12 curricula and formative assessment practices.

Dr. Vokos is chair of the National Task Force on Teacher Education in Physics (T-TEP). He has also served on the editorial board for Effective Practices in Preservice Physics Teacher Education; Teacher Education in Physics: Research, Curriculum, and Practice; Physical Review Special Topics: Physics Education Research; and was twice the co-editor of theme issues for the American Journal of Physics. At SPU, he co-led the provost's Academic Innovation Initiative. In 2015, he was a finalist for Teacher of the Year at Seattle Pacific.