Teaching

Holding a PHYS 411 (General Relativity and Cosmology) class outdoors in Freedom Square (Spring 2018)

I teach algebra- and calculus-based Introductory Physics (PHYS 211,212 and 241), Astronomy (ASTR 161), Electricity and Magnetism (PHYS 242), Mathematical Physics (PHYS 307), and a seminar course called Physics and Metaphysics (TSEM 102). In 2018, I revived a long-dormant course at Towson University: Introduction to General Relativity and Cosmology (PHYS 411, pictured above). Among the visitors to drop in on this class was Towson university President Kim Schatzel!

My newest course is upper-level Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (PHYS 352/552), which I have revamped with the help of department operations manager Trevor Lowing. In 2019, we took my first class on a day-long field trip to Delaware’s Wilmington & Western Railroad, where students put their theoretical classroom expertise to practical use, even shoveling their own coal into the firebox. In 2021, we took students into the engine room of one of the last two World War II Liberty Ships still in operation, Baltimore’s S.S. John W. Brown, to experience the twenty foot-high triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine in action during a dock trial. For 2022, we hope to expand this field trip to include also a visit to the world’s first nuclear-powered cargo ship, the N.S. Savannah.

In 2021, all these courses have moved over to Towson’s New Science Complex. My Fall 2021 PHYS 242 class appears briefly in a video by Henry Basta commemorating the ribbon-cutting for this building. Here is a brief excerpt:

 

I have mentored numerous individual students in research courses such as Directed Readings (PHYS 491), Independent Studies (PHYS 490,690), Special Topics (PHYS 470), Capstone Research (PHYS/ASTR 495,695), Honors Thesis (HONR 499), etc. These courses are taught on an “off-load” (voluntary) basis.

In 2021, I received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics.