Partnership Program: Team

Maggie Mahmood
Secondary Education Partnership Coordinator

Maggie has years of experience teaching high school physics and was recently featured on the morning program. Maggie has joined the department of physics at the University of Illinois specifically to work with outstanding high school teachers in the state of Illinois.

She will be in direct communication, both online and in person, with all teachers in the partnership program.

 

 

Morten Lundsgaard
Coordinator of Teacher Development 

Morten developed and teaches Physics 100, designed to help under-prepared high school students transition to the introductory course sequence at the University of Illinois. He actively collaborates with high school teachers across the state by providing professional development workshops and by helping them incorporate design labs into their curriculum. He is the president-elect of the Illinois Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers.  Morten will coordinate the professional teacher-development part of the program.

 

Eric Kuo
Assistant Professor of Physics

Eric has taught physics at the high school and university levels.  He has written questions for the AP Physics 1 & 2 exams.  Eric will work on assessing student learning and the effectiveness of the program.

 

 

 

 

Tim Stelzer
Professor of Physics

Tim is a founding member of the Physics Education Research group at the University of Illinois and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, where he has served as chair of the committee on education and the forum on education.  He is co-author of the smartphysics curriculum and co-developer of the iClicker personal response system and the IOLab.  He helped develop and regularly teaches courses in the introductory physics sequence at the U of I. Tim will work on assessing the effectiveness of the program, and will work with university leadership to ensure this program has all the resources required for its success.

 

Rebecca Wiltfong
Director of Information Management

Rebecca developed the computational infrastructure that supports the thousands of undergraduates that take physics courses at the University of Illinois each semester. She coordinates the technical components of the courses, including access to online content and the gradebook.

 

 

 

 

Mats Selen
Professor of Physics

Mats is a member of the Physics Education Research group at the University of Illinois and a Fellow of the American Physical Society.  He is co-author of the smartphysics curriculum and co-developer of the iClicker personal response system and the IOLab.  He helped develop and regularly teaches courses in the introductory physics sequence at the U of I.  Mats initiated the "Why's Guy" segment on the local morning show and was named "2015 Professor of the Year" by the Carnegie Foundation. Mats' role in the partnership program will focus on all aspects of the IOLab curriculum.