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Physicist chosen to make national teaching recommendations

by Jeanne Baron

Aug. 12, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Dr. Charles R. Henderson.
Dr. Charles R. Henderson
KALAMAZOO--A Western Michigan University faculty member has been appointed to the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Undergraduate Physics Education Research and Implementation.

Dr. Charles R. Henderson, associate professor of physics and the Mallinson Institute for Science Education, received news of the appointment earlier this year.

The committee is charged with developing a series of recommendations for implementing best teaching practices on a wider and more sustained basis. These recommendations will be directed to academic institutions, educational policy makers and funding agencies.

Henderson has been on the WMU faculty since 2002. His research focuses on the beliefs that physics teachers have about teaching and learning and how these beliefs affect the adoption and use of research-based instructional strategies.

Much of his current work is directed toward developing theories and strategies for promoting change in the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM subjects. Henderson is a former Fulbright Scholar and past president of the Michigan Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers. He serves as editor for the Physics Education Research section of the American Journal of Physics.

For more information, contact Charles Henderson at or (269) 387-4951.