Associate Teaching Professor, Physics
EducationPh.D., New York University
My Ph.D. in physics at New York University was in the area of General Relativity theory. In addition to being a faculty member in the department of physics, I am also a staff member of Academic Development and of the Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science (SAMS).
In the physics department my main focus is in physics education. I actively participate in the physics department and university initiatives to improve the teaching, performance, academic assistance, and retention of students in the introductory physics courses. I am a Lecturer in the introductory physics courses, and I also teach recitations in all of the engineering and science introductory physics courses. I have extensive office hours for the students. I actively assist in managing, teaching, and advising students in these courses. I also participate in the organization, training, and advising of graduate teaching assistants.
Academic Development offers programs designed to assist students who have academic difficulties and/or would like to improve their performance in their studies. It offers programs in academic counseling and study skills, peer tutoring, and supplemental instruction. I am a Peer Tutoring Supervisor. I participate in the training program for tutors, and in the program for monitoring and observing their performance. I act as a liaison with the physics department and participate in the hiring, training, and supervising of the physics tutors.
The SAMS program is a pre-college program for high school junior and senior students. It is designed to make "good students excellent." It is a six-week residential summer experience where students take college courses and participate in rigorous scientific and technical projects. Its focus is in creating interests and building competence in the scientific and technical disciplines required for admission to competitive colleges and universities. I am in charge of the physics component of SAMS. I designed, teach, and supervise the introductory physics course. I coordinate and participate in the hiring of physics faculty for physics projects. The SAMS program is part of the Carnegie Mellon Advising Resource Center (CMARC) which is an advising and information center to assist undergraduate students in their social and academic development trough graduation. In addition CMARC has a commitment to the support of underrepresented minority students and to the university goal of attracting and enrolling a diverse student population. I am a consultant for CMARC. I monitor and advise CMARC students enrolled in the introductory physics courses, and I act as a liaison with the physics department