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Physics Careers Seminar: "Secondary Considerations"

Event Type
Seminar/Symposium
Topic
alumni
Sponsor
Department of Physics
Location
204 Loomis Laboratory (Interaction Room)
Date
Jan 31, 2013   11:00 am  
Speaker
Dr. Jim Carrubba University Laboratory High School Urbana, Illinois
Contact
Lance Cooper
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1641

Is teaching high school physics a "waste" of a PhD? I'll talk about that, and argue---invoking a novel, dimensionless quantification of teacher satisfaction, invented just for occasions like this---that secondary instruction may be more rewarding than teaching physics at other levels. I will discuss the pros and cons of my profession with utter honesty, and warn prospective teachers of the one potentially fatal---and possibly surprising---consideration against the field.

Bio: I hold an AB from Harvard and an MS and PhD from the University of Illinois, all in Physics. I've been teaching at University Laboratory High School in Urbana---it's the quasi-Gothic building northwest of MRL---since 1997.

View Dr. Carrubba's seminar slides.

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