2021 PhysTEC Conference Plenary Speakers

Ramón Barthelemy, University of Utah

Dr. Barthelemy is a former Fulbright, AAAS Science Policy fellow, and private sector consultant who is now an assistant professor of Physics at the University of Utah. Dr. Barthelemy conducts research focused on improving physics for students from diverse backgrounds, including people of color, women, and LGBT+ persons.

Eugenia Etkina, Rutgers University

Eugenia Etkina is a Distinguished Professor at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University. She leads one of the largest programs in physics teacher preparation and she is a co-founder of the Investigative Science Learning Environment approach to learning and teaching physics. She is a former high school physics teacher.

Rochelle Gutierrez, University of Illinois

Dr. Gutiérrez interrogates the unearned privilege that mathematics holds in society and the roles that race, class, language, and gender play in teaching/learning. Her research opens up new possible relationships between humans, mathematics/science, and the planet. As a scholar activist, she advocates for creative insubordination to create systemic change.

Kelly Hogan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Hogan is interested in inclusive course designs and strategies that help all students learn. As an associate dean, she plays a role in helping colleagues to develop innovative and inclusive curricula, such as CUREs and makerspace courses.

Robynne M. Lock, Texas A&M University - Commerce

Robynne Lock, Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy at Texas A&M University-Commerce, is a PhysTEC Comprehensive Site leader and former PhysTEC Fellow. She is Director of the A&M-Commerce Learning Assistant program and co-founder of the M.S. in Physics with Teaching Emphasis program. She conducts research on physics identity and gender.

William G. Newton, Texas A&M University - Commerce

William Newton is an Associate Professor of Physics at Texas A&M University-Commerce, where in addition to plumbing neutron star depths, he is PI and co-PI on a Noyce Scholarship and PhysTEC Comprehensive Site grant respectively, and co-founded an innovative online Master's program for high school physics teachers.

Jennifer Porter, The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Jennifer Porter is the managing director of OnRamps, The University of Texas at Austin's signature initiative designed to increase access to high-quality educational opportunities for students and teachers across the state of Texas through distance education and professional learning.

Viji Sathy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Viji Sathy is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Faculty Fellow on Inclusive Teaching for the Center for Faculty Excellence and Director of the Townsend Program for Education Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.