of Maryland at College Park (UMCP).
of California at Irvine (UCI).
States Coast Guard Academy
EDUCATION RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
UMD Fall 1993-present
Physics Expectations (MPEX) Project
in Introductory Physics Project
Implementing and Evaluating Tutorials
Teaching Assistant, UMD
Fall 1994-Fall 1996, Fall 1986-Spring 1989
Physics 121, one semester algebra/trig-based general physics course for non-majors. Responsibilities included teaching University of Washington style tutorials & laboratory sections and grading assigned problems & lab reports as well as facilitating group problem solving in lecture. University of Washington style tutorials involve groups of three or four students working on a guided conceptual worksheet to enhance conceptual understanding. Some tutorials use MBL tools. This experimental section tries to emphasize conceptual understanding, problem solving, and linking physics to the real world. (1 semester)
Physics 117 (Co-Instructor), one semester course for pre-service elementary school teachers. Responsibilities include planning classes, leading class discussions, Socratic questioning, and grading. All responsibilities are shared with a Co-Instructor. All laboratory class where students learn from hands-on laboratory activities and class discussions with no textbook. Instructors question students both in groups and as a class to help build and extend student understanding. Laboratory exercises use MBL experiments and simple table top experiments. (1 semester)
Physics 161, 262, & 263, three semester calculus-based introductory physics course for engineering students. Responsibilities include teaching University of Washington style tutorials, grading homework , and grading exams. University of Washington style tutorials involve groups of three or four students working on a guided conceptual worksheet to enhance conceptual understanding. Some tutorials use MBL tools, computer simulations, or group problem solving. The Course tries to emphasize conceptual understanding and linking physics to the real world. (6 semesters)
Astronomy 110, non-major astronomy laboratory class using computer simulations and direct observations in addition to bench top experiments. Responsibilities included teaching and grading all aspects of laboratory course. (2 semesters)
Physics 263A, third semester laboratory course for engineering majors with emphasis on electricity and magnetism. Responsibilities included teaching and grading all aspects of the laboratory course. (1 semester)
Sole instructor for five algebra/trig based introductory physics courses for non-majors at both Prince Georges Community College & Montgomery College. Responsibilities included teaching lectures, discussion sections and laboratories for all five classes. Current second semester course is field testing University of Washington tutorials.
Instructor, University of Washington at Seattle
Physics Instructor, Montgomery College
Physics Instructor, UMD
Faculty Physics Tutor, PGCC
Spring 1994 - present
Private Physics Tutor, UMD
September 1989 - September 1994
Fall 1981 - Spring 1983
Graduate Research Assistantship, University of Maryland Laboratory for Plasma Research with Prof. Fred Skiff. Bench testing of microwave plasma diagnostic and integrating digital data acquisition system using GPIB interface to connect PC to CAMAC transient recorders. January 1993 - July 1993.
Graduate Research Assistantship, University of Maryland Condensed Matter Group with Prof. Bhagat. Research into DC magnetic properties of High Temperature Superconductors using a Faraday balance. January 1991 - October 1992.
Graduate Research Assistantship,
NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics.
Instrument development including calibration of radiation detectors, developing
coincidence trigger, signal analysis, and electronics trouble shooting.
Laboratory Assistant, University of California, Irvine Beam Physics Group with Dr. Hiroshima Ishizuka. Experimental development and computer modeling of Stellatron Accelerator to obtain 1 Kamp 10 MeV electron beam. May 1985 - June 1986.
Research in Problem Solving: Issues and Alternative Approaches given by Patricia Heller, David Maloney, and Alan Van Heuvelen at the Winter Meeting of the AAPT (January 1995).
1994 Summer Seminar at Dickinson
College: Teaching Introductory Physics Using Interactive Methods and Computers
given by Priscilla Laws, Ronald Thornton, and Patrick Cooney (June 1994).
Integrating Video Analysis, MBL, and Spreadsheet Modeling by Priscilla Laws, Patrick Cooney, Curtis Hieggelke, Mark Luetzelschwab at the Summer Meeting of the AAPT (August 1995).
Electrostatics given by Robert Morse and Jeff Saul at the Summer Meeting of the AAPT (August 1995).
Modeling given by Patrick Cooney and Edward F. Redish at the Winter
Meeting of the AAPT (January 1994)
Summer Orientation Counselor, Student Services, UC Irvine. Live-in counselor for weekend and week long orientation programs for incoming students and their parents. 1982 - 1984.
Peer Academic Advisor, Undergraduate Studies Office, UC Irvine. Advised students without a declared major on developing their academic program. Summer 1982.
of Physics Teachers
PAPERS IN PROGRESS
I am currently finishing my Ph.D
Dissertation. No other papers are in preparation at this time.
CONTRIBUTED PAPERS PRESENTED AT CONFERENCES
J.M. Saul and E.F.Redish, "Are reform physics curricula worth the effort? An evaluation of pre/post FCI and expectation survey results," presented to the Chesapeake Section of the AAPT, November 8, 1997.
J.M. Saul, R.N. Steinberg, and E.F. Redish, "Student expectations, Workshop Physics, and the MPEX survey," AAPT Announcer 27 (2), (1997). (Presented by E.F. Redish)
J.M. Saul, R.N. Steinberg, and E.F.
Redish, "A comparison of student
J.M. Saul, R.N. Steinberg,
and M.C. Wittmann, "Student
difficulties with math
E.F. Redish and J. Saul, "How much
MBL do you need to get good results?,"
J. Saul and E.F Redish, "Evaluation
of student expectations in introductory
J. Saul, "The distribution of student
expectations and attitudes in
E.F. Redish and J. Saul, "The
distribution of student expectations and
J. Saul and E.F. Redish, "Student
misconceptions about waves on strings,"
J. Saul and S.M. Bhagat, "Temperature
Dependencies of Field Induced
Means, S. Katal, J. Saul, H. Ishizuka,
A. Fisher, and N. Rostoker,
INVITED PAPERS PRESENTED AT CONFERENCES
J.M. Saul, "Teaching Assistant Preparation: The Graduate Student Perspective," AAPT Announcer 26 (4), 68 (1996).
E.F. Redish, R.N. Steinberg, and
J.M. Saul, "The
Distribution and Change of Student Expectations in Introductory Physics,"
Invited poster presented at The International Conference on Undergraduate
Physics Education (ICUPE), College Park, Maryland July 31-August 3, 1996.
Proceedings to be published by the American Institute of Physics, E. Redish
and J. Rigden, Eds
"Student Expectations in Introductory Physics," to the physics education group at University of Washington, July 26, 1995.
"The Distribution of Student Expectations
and Attitudes in Introductory University Physics," to the physics education
group at Ohio State University, March 6, 1995.
PUBLISHED PAPERS IN REFEREED JOURNALS
E.F. Redish, J.M. Saul, and R.N. Steinberg, and J.M. Saul, "Student Expectations in Introductory Physics," accepted for publication by AJP, July 1997.
E.F. Redish, J.M. Saul, & R.N. Steinberg, "On the effectiveness of active-engagement microcomputer-based laboratories," AJP 65 (1), 45-54 (1997).
J. Saul, M.X. Huang, and S.M. Bhagat, " Evaporation of trapped fluxons from micron sized powders of Bi-2223 CuO superconductors," Solid State Communications 92 (7), 553-557 (1994).