Wednesday, December 11, 2013

COE Award for Improving Undergraduate Physics Education

As a following up on the previous post on this national recognition of our department, we now have the official statement of why we were chosen.  From the American Physical Society:

James Madison University sustains a thriving physics department that has grown significantly over the past 15 years. The Department of Physics & Astronomy has developed a culture of engaging students in the education process through an emphasis on undergraduate research experiences, personalized attention and advising, hiring for mission, recruiting and outreach efforts, and an ongoing move to research-based pedagogies and assessment.  Especially notable are the range of program offerings to serve a broad student population, including tracks in applied physics and technical communication, in addition to strong teacher education efforts as a PhysTEC site.