I began teaching at Bucks in 1991. My BS and MS degrees are in Physics from UC Irvine (go Anteaters!), where I met and married my husband. After I received my MS, I was given a Lecturer position at the University while my husband completed his PhD in Physics.
I see my main role as helping students discover how to learn, and the content of the subject we are studying is the medium through which critical thinking and skill in learning is accomplished. I tend to be pretty informal with my students, and expect to interact extensively with them. For example, I prefer that students call me by my first name, and I enjoy good-natured teasing. I have a pretty wild sense of humor, and enjoy joking around with some of the odd terms in our course materials.
Fairness is very important to me, not just avoiding any sort of discrimination but also avoiding favoritism. I feel that it is extremely important for students to have assignments with clear directions and expectations, and to receive prompt, constructive assessment and feedback on their work. I welcome comments and suggestions from students to assist me in improving my courses.
I play violin and sing at my church, and until recently, I was a volunteer at Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic. We were a foster family (we're now "retired") for a long time. Several of our children became ours through foster parenting. My husband is also a physicist. For fun, I love to tap dance, and to relax I enjoy reading scifi and fantasy.
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Quality Matters Certification: Earth Science, 2008
FOTF 2006: Team Teaching in the Online Classroom: Benefits and Challenges (copresenter)
FOTF 2007: Revealing and Affirming Learning to Students
2009 New Faculty Bootcamp: Keeping Your Course Nimble, Noteworthy, and Novel
FOTF 2010: When They Won't Read the Textbook
FOTF 2011: When They Won't Read the Textbook II
FOTF 2012: Are They Really Students?