za*po*sa 1. noun.  A placeholder for multiple ideas at once. 

Eleanor Sayre headshot is the personal domain of Eleanor C Sayre.  "Zaposa" is an easily pronounced short non-word. There are no formal definitions for zaposa because I made it up. Creative readers are encouraged to send me definitions like the one above.  You can reach me by email at  There are more contact details on my curriculum vitae.  My schedule is available here.

I am a physics faculty member at Kansas State University. I study how people become professionals, mostly in physics.  In my research lab, we do fundamental research into student learning and becoming: How do students learn physics? How do they take up professional identities as scientists and teachers? I conduct research on how students develop professional identity in physics, linking the development of their technical knowledge with their perceptions of what it means to do physics. 

On the development side, I work with PhysPort to develop research-based resources for faculty around classroom and programmatic assessment.  I am one of the directors of the PEER program, which runs professional development field schools and research groups for people who want to do education research

There are more details of my research at the Sayre Lab.

I graduated from the University of Maine with a PhD in 2007 and a MST in 2005, from Grinnell College with a BA in 2002, and from Falmouth Academy in 1998. For more professional details, my CV is here (or here in PDF with selected papers). 

I occasionally write non-peer-reviewed opinion pieces and advice pages on diverse topics preparing job talks, papers, or posters.  They are posted irregularly.  If you like them, please send me an email! 

In my spare time, I enjoy knitting, gaming, and parenting. I try to wear one hand-made item every day, usually several.  This includes jewelry, knitted and sewn garments, and purpose-built accessories.

If you knit, you may enjoy my knitting patterns. You can also find me on Ravelry.  If you like art, check out my posters and photography.  Prints of posters and photos are possible; just ask. 

Catch me on twitter at @sayrelab.