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Professor chosen to edit physics publication

June 22, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Dr. Charles Henderson, associate professor of physics at Western Michigan University, is serving as the Physics Education Research editor for the American Journal of Physics. Henderson has been research editor since November 2008.

Published by the American Association of Physics Teachers, the electronic-only journal is an archival publication, edited to serve teachers of advanced-level physics instruction as well as researchers in the fields of physics and physics education.

A WMU faculty member since 2002, Henderson was on sabbatical this spring semester as a Fulbright Scholar working with the Finnish Institute for Educational Research at the University of Jyvaskyla.

Henderson, who also is a faculty member in Mallinson Institute for Science Education, focuses much of his current research on the development of theories and strategies for promoting change in the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects. This includes issues related to the diffusion and adoption of research-based instructional strategies.

An active member of the state and national Association of Physics Teachers, Henderson has served the organization in several leadership roles, including as president of the Michigan section in 2008-09. At WMU, he has been serving as the physics department's representative to the Faculty Senate since 2003.

Henderson earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics from Macalester College in 1991, a master's degree in physics from the University of Minnesota in 1994, and a doctoral degree in physics education from Minnesota in 2002.

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Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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