Dwain Desbien

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Physics Faculty
 Phone: 623.935.8474
 Location: MON 210F
9:00 am-11:00 am
11:15 am-12:15 pm
9:00 am-11:00 am
Office Hours Additional Information 
If office hours need to be cancelled/change due to meetings conflicts it will be posted on canvas and/or on the whiteboard on my office. Other times are available by appointment. I also respond to emails quickly so email me at [email protected].


Ph.D. in Physics Education (Curriculum and Instruction)
Arizona State University
M.S. in Physics
University of Kansas
B.A. in Physics
Grinnell College
Academic Interests 
My academic research interest is in student learning of physics. In particular how does classroom management affect student learning and how classroom activities affect classroom culture. In that vain my classes are very student centered and based on active learning. My classes involve almost no lecturing (like really, really near zero) and involve students working in groups and being part of discussions.
College Service 
Serve on various college and district committees including, Financial Resource Team, Physics Instructional Council, Physics Articulation Task Force, District Advisory Budget Council, District Compensation Advisory Committee
Currently I am the faculty liaison to The EMCC maker space. My roll involves training faculty and staff on equipment and curricular development
Faculty Senate President Elect (FSPE) for academic year 2023-24
District Service 
I serve on both the District Advisory Budget Committee and the District Compensation Advisory Committee. In addition as FSPE I serve on the the Faculty Executive Council
OPTYCs NSF funded grant, Co-PI
American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)
Publications & Intellectual Contributions 

High-Speed Video Analysis in a Conceptual Physics Class Dwain M. Desbien, Phys. Teach. 49, 332 (2011), DOI:10.1119/1.3628252

Graphs as a Problem-Solving Tool in 1-D Kinematics Dwain M. Desbien, Phys. Teach. 46, 483 (2008), DOI:10.1119/1.2999064


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