APPLICATION DEADLINE: Apply through the myCareers by February 14, 2023.  Applicants must include a resume, brief cover letter, and an unofficial transcript when applying.

Brief description:

Professor Sarah Sadavoy has been developing an open access textbook for PHYS 206 (Dynamics) that can be employed in an active learning, flipped classroom.  This textbook includes (1) checkpoint questions to enhance student engagement and provide quick self-assessments, (2) chapter activities for students to further explore the materials and to prompt discussion in lecture, (3) practice problems to help reinforce the concepts, and (4) suggestions for supplementary materials or ideas for further exploration that showcase these principles in action.  This textbook would benefit from a wider variety of active learning activities, additional problems for students to practice with, and additional student perspectives.  We are looking for a strong student with a background in physics to help further develop this active learning textbook.   


We are seeking a student who will work 35 hours per week for 16 weeks over the summer under the supervision of Prof. Sadavoy.


The specific responsibilities of the SWEP students are:


1)  To contribute explanations for complex concepts that give a student’s perspective on the material,

2)  To assist in editing and reviewing material and developing graphics,
3)  To check the solutions for example problems for clarity and correctness,

4)  To develop new practice problems that highlight the concepts and promote engagement,

5)  To research active and historical physics connections to highlight the global perspective of physics research both past and present



  Students should have completed at least two years of a physics major degree, including the first-year calculus-based physics courses and PHYS 206 with good grades (A or above). Applicants must also have an excellent command of written English and an interest in pedagogy. Experience with LaTeX and computer graphics software are considered beneficial.