The 5+ Club Supported SiteThe 5+ Club Supported Site University of Cincinnati: Teacher-in-Residence


  • Developed and implemented a new physics course for elementary education majors.
  • Revised materials and supported Teaching Assistants and LAs who taught the recitation tutorials portion of the calculus-based physics course.
  • Revitalized the dormant Tri-State Physics Teachers (TSPT) group. Now 70+ strong and meeting quarterly.


  • Identifying the particular "issues" for each project.
  • Learning the structures of 'how work gets done' at a university … as compared to a large school system.


  • The university has committed to supporting the TIR position for three years past the end of the PhysTEC grant.
  • The TSPT group provides us with a pool of potential candidates to fill the TIR position.

Lessons Learned

  • You can never start too early when it comes to items that require high level administrative support/approval.

List of TIRs over the Project

  • 2013 - 2015: John Rowe - Physics teacher in the Cincinnati Public Schools with 27 years of experience teaching, designing, and implementing large scale professional development projects.

Finding and Hiring a TIR

  • Identify future needs so as to focus on potential candidates that have needed expertise.
  • Begin discussions with teacher and District level personnel as early as possible.
  • Create opportunities for the next TIR to be involved with projects throughout the year before they take over.

Typical TIR Activities

  • Teach/develop courses in both physics and College of Education.
  • Organize events to develop physics teacher network.
  • Participate in the recruitment plans.
  • Attend/participate in department meetings and discussions.