Dwain M. Desbien

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Physics Faculty
Primary Department:
 Phone: 623.935.8474
 Location: MON 225
9:00 am-10:30 am
1:00 pm-2:00 pm
9:00 am-10:30 am
1:00 pm-2:00 pm
Office Hours Additional Information 
If office hours need to be cancelled due to meetings it will be posted on my office door. Other times are available by appointment. I also respond to emails quickly so email me at [email protected]


Ph.D. in Physics Education
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.
Currently I am the faculty liaison to The STEAM Engine (EMCC maker space). My roll involves training faculty and staff on equipment and curricular development
American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)
ATE Project for Physics Faculty, Co-PI
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