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TCNJ Physics Department Recognized as a Leading College in Physics Teacher Preparation

TCNJ Physics Department Recognized as a Leading College in Physics Teacher Preparation

COLLEGE PARK, MD, February 20, 2019 — The Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) recently announced the newest inductees into “The 5+ Club”, a group of institutions that have graduated five or more physics teachers in a given year. Graduating five or more physics teachers a year is a significant achievement, helping to address the severe national shortage of high school physics teachers.
Most colleges and universities graduate fewer than two trained physics teachers a year, and the most common number of graduates is zero. In their 2014 report, the American Association for Employment in Education found that the teacher shortage in physics is number one among 59 education fields.
The College of New Jersey is one of five colleges/universities in the United States to have been inducted into The 5+ Club, having graduated 5 Physics Education students in the 2017-2018 academic year.  It is noteworthy that among the five top institutions, TCNJ is the only non-Research/Doctoral institution and the only small- to mid-size institution. Congratulations to TCNJ’s Physics Department for their ongoing exceptional work in achieving national-level outcomes and offering one of the best undergraduate programs in Physics in the U.S.  A special shout-out goes to Dr. Nathan Magee and the full leadership team of the Robert Noyce Program.
Department of Physics Wins TCNJ Award for Departmental Excellence

Department of Physics Wins TCNJ Award for Departmental Excellence

 

The Department of Physics has won the 2018 TCNJ Mildred Dahne Award. This award is presented annually by the Faculty Senate and recognizes departmental or program excellence.

Applications must demonstrate excellence and outstanding achievement in three of the six categories:

  1. Excellence in teaching and/or support of teaching
  2. Academic excellence
  3. Department impact
  4. Innovation and creativity
  5. Student involvement
  6. Service to profession

All applications must address the first category, “Excellence in teaching and/or support of teaching.” Departments or programs may then select two additional categories for consideration.

Meet TCNJ’s Physics International Scholars

Meet TCNJ’s Physics International Scholars

The TCNJ physics department regularly hosts visiting international students and scholars. For 2018-2019, we welcome Ms. Yutong Li from Shandong University in China, and Mr. Jan Krueger from University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, Germany. Ms. Li is working with Prof. Paul Wiita on astrophysics research. Mr. Krueger is working with Prof. David McGee on photonics research.

 

Mr. Jan Krueger, Department of Physics, University of Applied Sciences-Berlin, Germany
 

 

 

 
Ms. Yutong Li,  Department of Physics, Shandong University, China
 

Twice-a-Week Departmental Tea and Cookies

Twice-a-Week Departmental Tea and Cookies

Students and faculty meet on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons to discuss physics and enjoy tea and cookies. Below are pictures from one of our recent gatherings:

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