Charles Henderson

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Charles Henderson
Professor of Physics
(269) 387-4951
1129 Everett Tower, Mail Stop 5252
Mailing address: 
Department of Physics
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5252 USA
  • Ph.D., Physics Education, University of Minnesota, 2002
  • M.S., Physics, University of Minnesota, 1994
  • B.A., Math/Physics, Macalester College, 1991
Teaching interests: 
  • Teaching and learning of physics
  • Introductory physics
  • Research in science education
Research interests: 
  • Physics education research
  • Change in higher education
  • Discipline-based education research

Dr. Charles Henderson is a Distinguished Professor at Western Michigan University (WMU), with a joint appointment between the Physics Department and the WMU Mallinson Institute for Science Education. He is the Director of the Mallinson Institute and co-Founder and co-Director of the WMU Center for Research on Instructional Change in Postsecondary Education (CRICPE). His research program focuses on understanding and promoting instructional change in higher education, with an emphasis on improving undergraduate STEM instruction. Dr. Henderson’s work has been supported by nearly $11M in external grants and has resulted in many publications (see  He is a Fulbright Scholar and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Dr. Henderson is the senior editor for the journal Physical Review Physics Education Research and has served on two National Academy of Sciences Committees: Undergraduate Physics Education Research and Implementation, and Developing Indicators for Undergraduate STEM Education. 

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