Job/Funding Oppurtunity 4.26.20

Job Oppurtunity 3.17.20 

Mountain Vista High School is looking for a third full time science teacher to join their Physics PLC. Mountain Vista has incorporated Modeling Instruction at all levels of their physics program and are hoping to find someone familiar with or at least open to the pedagogical approach. Modeling instruction is an effective curriculum that requires several weeks of instructor training: Duties will include: 

(1) section AP Physics C – Calculus based Mechanics

(4) sections Algebra based Physics

(2) planning periods

Please visit:—Science—High_Req-00047659 to apply! 

Honors Writing Fellow 2.25.20

The Writing Center is looking to hire Honors Writing Fellows for peer tutoring on campus. Honors Writing Fellows are undergraduate students who provide tutoring 5 hours/week for $15 an hour. In addition to tutoring, there will be opportunities to teach workshops, write articles, and mentor other peer tutors. I’ve attached an application with additional details to this e-mail. The deadline to apply is next Monday, March 2nd

AAPT 1.24.20 

The Colorado/Wyoming AAPT (American Association of Physics Teachers) Section Meeting is at UNC in Greeley, CO on April 4th: Please contact us if you are interested in attending!


SUMMET (Summer Multicultural Engineering Training) is seeking two students who will work closely with faculty, to improve and deliver curriculum in a project-based workshop format! Teach@Mines students are encouraged to apply. SUMMET was established more than 20 years ago and is organized by Mines Admissions, in collaboration with the Engineering, Design and Society Division. 

The salary is negotiable with spring (part time ~10 hours monthly) and summer (full time ~ 8 weeks total) commitments. Your work will start in February 2020, so please apply as soon as possible. Apply on DiggerNet (job ID 66615). 


Are you ready to teach this year?

If you will have your BS and are interested in joining either Aspire or the PEBC program during the 2020/2021 school year, there are a few things you’ll need to get started on:  1. Take the PRAXIS for your area of interest. It takes several weeks to get the exam scheduled and then several more to get the results back; 2. It’d be a good idea to have a conversation with the folks at the program you are interested in. Suzanne from Aspire would love to touch base with anyone considering her program for next year.  She can help you find a teaching position in a good school that has strong retention rates. Representatives from PEBC are also available to meet with you and answer questions; 3. Meet with Wendy Adams ( to talk a little about your options and previous experiences so that you can find the best program for your needs; and 4. Start applying for positions in March!


The Teacher Education Alliance (TEA) is a forum for discussion of any education related issues, not just high school or middle school teaching. Contact the TEA president (Nathan Beveridge, with any questions, and stay tuned for Spring 2020 semester meeting times!



Looking for a place to study on campus? If you are a Teach@Mines student, you can study in the TEA room located in CoorsTek 386. It is unlocked any time that CoorsTek is unlocked. 






KSTF is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing new math and science teachers with professional development, resources and support to improve education in our schools. This fellowship is intended for math and/or science teachers entering their first or second year as teacher of record during the 2020-2021 academic year. Click HERE for more information.

School field trip

Adria Brown, a Mines alumna who is currently completing her student teaching at JeffCo Open Schools, visited the Mines physics department with her students for a field trip last Friday, 11/15/19.  They met with Drs. Callan, Kuo, Flournoy, and Pierce for lab tours, demos, and more. Lecture topics included string theory and optics, and students participated in hands-on demos including the Michelson-Morley interferometer, the wimhurst machine, and more. This provided a great opportunity for local students to interact with faculty members at Mines and gain experience with college-level physics. 


Partnership with Boettcher teacher residency announced

Fall 2018. The Colorado School of Mines and the Boettcher Teacher Residency have formed a partnership to offer two pathways to teacher licensure for both Mines students and Alumni.  As part of this partnership, Mines will offer classes to allow current students to investigate teaching as a career option and to help prepare them for the Residency year.   In addition, Mines will offer science methods for all of the Boettcher Teacher Residents each year on the Mines campus.

For more information see  the information tab.


June 18, 2018. The National Science Foundation has awarded the Colorado School of Mines a five year grant, Get the Facts Out: changing the conversation about STEM teacher Recruitment. Teach@Mines’ Wendy Adams is the Principal Investigator and is partnering with four national societies, the American Physical Society, American Chemical Society, Mathematical Association of America, and American Association of Physics teachers.  NSF #1821710, click here for the full abstract.


Congratulations to Maxine Morris, who completed her student teaching during the spring 2018 semester, and won the 2018 CAST Pre-Service Teacher Award


Congratulations to Teach@Mines’s Wendy Adams and the rest of the PhET team for being named recipients of the 2018 Excellence in Physics Education Research Award


January 1, 2017. 100Kin10 has awarded the Colorado School of Mines $160,000 to partner Mines’ students with local early elementary classrooms. “Partnerships for STEM Identity: PSI3, a collaboration between the University of Northern Colorado and the Colorado School of Mines, reimagines science and math teacher preparation by pairing teacher candidates with seasoned elementary teachers to co-design and deliver engaging STEM lessons to K-3 classrooms. This Early Childhood Active STEM Challenge Grant will enable us to both continue to nurture this program, while also broadening the reach of the project and expanding the number of STEM teacher candidates who are able to improve their pedagogical skills and the number of classroom teachers who receive rich, age appropriate content,” said Wendy Adams, Director of Science Education from the University of Northern Colorado. 


Congratulations to our new Noyce Scholars! Daniel Brandt (Engineering Physics ‘18), Adria Brown (Engineering Physics ‘19), Megan Coney (Environmental Engineering ‘19), Joseph Hunt (Applied Mathematics ‘18), Amy Keuhlen (Chemical Engineering ‘18), and Blue O’Brennan (Engineering Physics ‘20) will each be receiving the $10,000/semester scholarship as they complete their teaching licenses.


Students from Mines revamped the SUMMET/SAFE summer programs as curriculum design and delivery Interns. Read more here.


Congratulations to our new Noyce Scholars! Jacqueline Loerincs (Engineering Physics ’18) and Erik Trenary (Mechanical Engineering ’17) will each be receiving the $10,000/semester scholarship as they complete their teaching licenses.



Congratulations to our new Noyce Scholars! Julianna Campbell (Engineering Physics ’17), Sean Dempsey (Electrical Engineering ’17), and Blake Shiparski (Engineering Physics ’17) will each be receiving the $10,000/semester scholarship starting Fall 2017 as they complete their teaching licenses. They will be joining Amanda Casner (Engineering Physics ’17) and Nicholas Dyer (Computer Science ’18), who are already receiving the scholarship.


meeting of minds can be found on page 28 of the 2016-2017 edition of Colorado School of Mines Research magazine. This article does a nice job of describing why Mines is working to prepare some of the nations best and brightest math and science teachers and features a couple of current TEAM-UP students. Way to go Nick and Amanda!

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Amanda Casner will graduate from Colorado School of Mines in the spring of 2017. “I became interested in pursuing a career in education after becoming a Physics 100 teaching assistant at Mines. Through this job I have discovered that in addition to my enthusiasm for physics and learning about how the world works, I have an even greater passion for sharing that enthusiasm with others. I love being able to work one-on-one with students and help them to better understand difficult concepts and ideas.”

Kristine Callan, Associate Professor in the physics department mentioned, “As a TA for our introductory sequence, Amanda was able to jump right in and become a valuable member of the team. In all of her TA duties, she displays a passion for physics, teaching, and learning. She prepares thoroughly for the upcoming material each week, asking insightful questions about the content and pedagogy.”

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On a Related Note

UNC in December organized and hosted the Colorado STEM Teacher Preparation Symposium, bringing together 100 faculty and staff members from 13 higher education institutions, ten K-12 school districts and eight non-profit organizations to discuss strategies for developing quality STEM teachers in the state. The symposium’s findings will be released this spring.

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Golden, Colo. March 4, 2015 –  The Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) will fund four new sites at five universities to develop their physics teacher education programs into national models. The new projects are Rowan University, Texas State University, West Virginia University, and a join University of Northern Colorado/Colorado School of Mines project.

The Mines team includes Vince Kuo and Kristine Callan from the Department of Physics and Steven DeCaluwe from the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The UNC team members are Wendy Adams and Christy Moroye.

The winning institutions were selected during a two-stage review process that began with a pool of 17 applicants. Awardees demonstrated a capacity for large increases in the number of physics teachers graduating from their programs, as well as strong departmental and institutional support for teacher preparation efforts. Funding for the new sites will begin in Fall 2015.

With the addition of the newly funded sites, the project has funded a total of 45 sites to build physics teacher education programs since it began in 2001. Collectively, these institutions have doubled the number of high school physics teachers graduating from their programs. PhysTEC sites have achieved these successes by increasing teacher recruiting efforts; hiring master teachers to work within physics departments; developing engaging early teaching experiences; improving content and pedagogy courses; and fostering collaboration between physics departments, education schools, and local school districts.

PhysTEC, a flagship education program of the American Physical Society (APS), aims to improve the education of future physics teachers by transforming physics departments, creating successful models for physics teacher education programs, and disseminating best practices (See for more details). The PhysTEC program is led by APS in partnership with the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), with support from the National Science…

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​Each summer, Mines hires two Teaching Interns to help develop and deliver curriculum for the Summer Multicultural Engineering Training Program (SUMMET). This is an active, project-based design experience for high school students. The overall mission of these programs are to spark interest in STEM in underrepresented groups, empower students to pursue their passions and see STEM as a possible career choice, and demonstrate that they belong and can succeed at a competitive college like Mines. Contact Dr. Mirna Mattjik ( if you are interested in applying to be a Teaching Intern! Enthusiasm is required, but prior teaching experience is not! 


If you are looking for summer teaching opportunities, consider applying to Generation Teach! They place students in Denver, Boston, Providence, and Western MA. Several Mines students have taught in this program and had excellent experiences. Click HERE for more information.


In recent summers, there have been several opportunities for undergraduate students to get involved in Educational Research REUs. We’ll post them here as they are announced. Go to for more information.

RIT Science and Mathematics Educational Research Collaborative

The RIT Science and Mathematics Educational Research Collaborative, an interdisciplinary Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) group, will host a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program this year. Ten accepted students will be involved in mentored-research projects that focus on the theme of Models and Representations in STEM Education and will contribute to publishable research in DBER. Accepted students will participate in a unique “Spring Ahead” research session to work virtually, using video conferencing and online journal club discussions, with project mentors to learn about DBER and outline summer projects. During the 9 week on-site experience at the RIT campus REU students will be involved in:

  • Cohort-wide research methods workshops
  • Research group meetings and mentoring
  • Professional Development workshops
  • Cohort-building events

Participants will earn a $5,000 stipend and will be housed, at no expense to the student, in RIT’s state-of-the-art housing Global Village complex. Please visit our website at to learn more about our program and how to apply. The application deadline is January 31st, 2020.

Teach@Mines is a

NSF Noyce Capacity Building Program, NSF Noyce Phase I Project Site, PhysTEC Comprehensive Site, and 100Kin10 Partner

NoycePhysics Teacher Education Coalition