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Physics Welcomes First Teacher-in-Residence

Juliet Jenkins has joined the Physics Department as its first Teacher-in-Residence. Jenkins is a veteran public school teacher, who has worked with several area schools, including Cambridge Rindge and Latin School and Waltham High School. In her short time on campus, she has worked to bring new educational practices into a revised studio section of the PY 105 course, in which lecture, lab, and discussion are merged into one hands-on environment.

For the past 8 years, Jenkins taught physics to high school freshmen, as well as many other courses at Newton South High School. She has a BA from Brown University in Geophysics and an EdM from Harvard Graduate School of Education in Teaching and Curriculum.

On the PY 105 project, she is working closely with Professor Bennett Goldberg and graduate student Adam Iaizzi of the Department of Physics. Jenkins is available during office hours at the Physics Undergraduate Resource Room (Metcalf Science Center, Room 121). She can also be found visiting physics lab and discussion sections, as well as student clubs and fairs.

Jenkins is also working closely with the School of Education, particularly with Clinical Associate Professor Peter Garik, who has developed a new course, CT 375, that allows undergraduate science and math students to get a taste of what teaching is like by going out to local classrooms to observe teachers in action.

“My goals for the year here are to foster development of the new Learning Assistant program, in which undergraduate students help their peers learn,” said Jenkins. “My hopes are to identify and support future physics teachers in our undergraduate student body. I am working closely with course instructors on redesigning existing course curricula and on helping to integrate the Learning Assistants in physics into the introductory physics courses.”

Jenkins is the first of six teachers in residence (one per year) who will be joining the Department of Physics. This program is funded by the Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC).

PhysTEC-funded institutions are selected colleges and universities that are developing their physics teacher preparation programs into national models. Boston University is one of four institutions that began project funding in the fall of 2011. Andrew Duffy, Master Lecturer in Physics, is BU’s Principal Investigator of this project.

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