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Gay Stewart



  • Higher Ed: Science 


Have moved to WVU since the completion of funded part of this MSP. Good things are still happening in Arkansas, and West Virginia convinced me they needed some good things, too.I am now director of a new Center to try to make a difference. Check out the url for info.

This is a list of some things I have done or with which I have been involved. Not pretty, but so the reader will know what my interests are. (Pubs are way out of date, sorry.)

Began research into improved methods of intro physics education after attending the NSF sponsored 1993 UFE Conference Teaching Introductory Physics Using Interactive Methods and Computers at Dickinson College.

Development of a new degree to improve the background of educators at the high school and community college level. Development of our departmental TA training program. Recognition for these efforts lead to our being chosen as Cluster Leader for the Preparing Future Faculty Program in Physics (one of four campuses chosen nationwide to pilot this program), and to be included as one of 6 Primary Program Institutions in PhysTEC.

Development of the highly successful UPII course, with supporting materials. Recognition from our efforts here has resulted in being chosen for 1) content reviewer for the Advanced Placement Digital Library project, and 2) the Advanced Placement Physics Curriculum Development Committee to promote results of physics education reform in the model for high school physics. She served as chair of the committee for three years; starting Fall 2000, became Chair of the Science Academic Advisory Committee, charged with bringing AP offerings into alignment with the NRC suggestions. These efforts also resulted in a nomination and election to the APS Forum on Education Executive Committee.

Starting Fall 2001, John and Gay Stewart began working together on the University Physics sequence. Based on the defined coverage, evaluative instruments for UPII have been developed and are being used to identify the effect of course policy, and to identify any instructor dependence.

Director of the UA Robert Noyce Scholarship for mathematics and science teachers program, and PI of the targeted NSF-MSP College Ready in Mathematics and Physics Partnership, with 38 school districts in Arkansas and Oklahoma. UA produced six highly-qualified physics teachers each year. Relationships with these graduates, along with those established through the Noyce program and the College Ready partnership, afford significant, meaningful contact with many math and science teachers in high-needs and/or high-minority schools.

National Service: Steering committee (PTEC) and leadership council (PhysTEC), PKAL F21 Academic Administrators Advisory Task Force; Past Chair, APS Forum on Education; Member, APS Committee on Education; Forum on Education Councilor to APS, Chair, College Board Science Academic Advisory Committee; Member, College Board Academic Assembly Council; Member, College Board Science Standards for College Success (6-12) development committee, Co-Chair AP physics redesign commission, AP Physics Curriculum Development & Assessment Committee; AAPT/PTRA national advisory board (Physics Education Research Advisor); PTRA regional coordinator; Editorial Board, Journal of Science Education and Technology; Reviewer for Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, Begell House 


Physics education, advising, teacher preparation 


John Stewart and Gay Stewart, "Correcting the Normalized Gain for Student Guessing", The Physics Teacher, in press (2009).

John Stewart, Heather Griffin, and Gay Stewart, "Context Sensitivity of the Force Concept Inventory". Physical Review Special Topics: PER, 3 (1), (2007).

Gay B. Stewart, "Part I: Toward a System of Educational Engineering for Traditional Class Elements in Introductory Physics Courses." Journal of Science Education and Technology, 6:173 (1997).

Gay B. Stewart and John C. Stewart, "Part II: A Computationally Based Modeling System for Class Elements Using Formal Observer-Based Experimental Connections." Journal of Science Education and Technology, 6:193 (1997).

Gay B. Stewart, John C. Stewart, Sean Slape and Jon Osborn, "Optimally Engineering Traditional Introductory Physics Classes." Journal of Science Education and Technology, 6:297 (1997).

Gay B. Stewart and Jon Osborn, "Closing the Gender Gap in Student Confidence: Results from a University of Arkansas Physics Class." Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering. 4:27 (1998)

D. Bullock, V. LaBella, T. Clingan, Z. Ding, G. Stewart, and P. Thibado, "Enhancing the Student-Instructor Interaction Frequency," The Physics Teacher, 40:535-541 (2002).

Gay B. Stewart, John C. Stewart, Stephen Skinner and Crystal Bailey, "Using Linguistic References to Characterize Class Integration," Physics Education, 34:266 (1999).