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Curriculum Vitae: Eleanor C Sayre

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Education

  • 2007: Doctor of Philosophy (Physics), University of Maine, Orono, Maine. Plasticity: Resource Justification and Development Advisor: Dr. Michael C Wittmann
  • 2005: Master of Science in Teaching (Physics), University of Maine, Orono, Maine. Resource Selection in Nearly-Novel Situations Advisor: Dr. Michael C Wittmann
  • 2002: Bachelor of Arts (Physics), Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa.

Professional Experience

  • 2016–: Associate Professor, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas.
  • 2014–: Co-director, IMPRESS Education Research Squad (IMPRESSERS), Rochester, NY. 
  • 2012–: Research Director, PhysPort, College Park, MD.
  • 2011-2016: Assistant Professor, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas.
  • 2009-2011: Visiting Assistant Professor and Lilly Teaching Fellow, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana.
  • 2007-2009: Postdoctoral Researcher, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Advisor: Dr. Andrew Heckler
  • 2002-2007: Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, University of Maine, Orono, Maine. Advisor: Dr. Michael C. Wittmann
  • 2004-2007: Physics Tutor, Husson College, Bangor, Maine.
  • 2004-2006: Physics Instructor, The Princeton Review, Maine.

Research

Interests

  • Identity development for pre-service scientists and engineers.
  • Interplay between physics and mathematics understanding.
  • Learning and forgetting in introductory physics classes.
  • Qualitative, quantitative, and multi-methods education research.
  • Professional development for pre-service and in-service university faculty.

Grants

  • 2014-2017: Foundational Research on Problem Mathematization in Undergraduate Physics, NSF IUSE, $500k. Physics students must learn to mathematize: convert physics problems into a form they can “do math on”. We track several threads of mathematization across the undergraduate curriculum. PI: Eleanor Sayre (KSU); co-PI: Dean Zollman (KSU)
  • 2013-2016: Collaborative Research: Community Implementation: WIDER: Data Explorer and Assessment Resources for Faculty, NSF WIDER, $750k. (Recommended) The DEAR-Faculty project promotes the use of research-based assessments among physics faculty. This proposal supports that goal by building a robust national database of results, and beautiful, intuitive, interactive visualizations of that data. PI: Eleanor Sayre, Co-Is: William Hsu, Eugene Vasserman (KSU); PI: Sarah McKagan (AAPT and McKagan Enterprises); Co-Is: Adrian Madsen and Robert Hilborn (AAPT)
  • 2012-2014: Collaborative Research: WIDER: EAGER: Increasing Faculty Use of Formative and Summative Assessment through Online Resources and Faculty Development, NSF WIDER:EAGER, $300k. Extends the Physics Education Research Users' Guide (PERUG) to include faculty-friendly assessment information; develops assessment workshops for physics department chairs; conducts meta-analyses of assessment data. PIs: Eleanor Sayre (KSU); Sarah McKagan (AAPT and McKagan Enterprises); Co-I: Robert Hilborn (AAPT)
  • 2010-2013: Collaborative Research: Developing a tool for teachers to assess real-time learning and forgetting in large classes, NSF CCLI, $200k. Investigates learning and forgetting in large-enrollment introductory physics classes using RAWR, a web-based system for data collecting, analysis, and real-time reporting. PI: Eleanor Sayre (KSU); Co-I: Scott Franklin, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • 2009-2011: Lilly Teaching Fellowship, Lilly Foundation, $169k. Partially supports the Upper Division PER conference and the Physics Program evaluation. PI: Physics Department, Wabash College

Curriculum Development and Evaluation

  • 2009-2010: Physics Program, Wabash College. Extensively reviewed the coursework, student understanding, and post-graduation outcomes for the physics major and minor at Wabash College; recommended and implemented changesto improve students' coherence and understanding of physics.
  • 2010: Learning Assistant Program, Wabash College. Developed and taught a seminar on learning to teach physics effectively; directed a program for undergraduate learning assistants in introductory physics laboratories
  • 2006:Intermediate Mechanics Tutorials, University of Maine, PIs: Michael C Wittmann and Bradley Ambrose. Co-developed and edited hourlong tutorials on classical mechanics and related mathematics at the intermediate level.
  • 2004-2005: Laboratory Manual for Introductory Algebra-based Physics, University of Maine. Revised lab manual for two-semester course for life science majors; labs use a modified version of the Arizona Modeling Method
  • 2003-2006: Intuitive Quantum Physics, University of Maine. PI: Michael C Wittmann. Co-developed lab materials for a one-semester lab-based quantum physics course for non-science majors at the pre-algebra level.

Peer-reviewed papers

Journal Papers

  • Madsen, A, McKagan, S.B, and Sayre, E.C. (submitted) “Resource Letter: Research-based Assessments in Physics and Astronomy” American Journal of Physics
  •  Von Korff, J., Archibeque, B., Gomez, K.A., Heckendorf, T., McKagan, S.B., Sayre, E.C., Schenk, E.W., Shepard, C. and Sorell, L. (accepted) “Secondary Analysis of Teaching Methods in Introductory Physics: a 50k-Student Study” American Journal of Physics
  •  Irving, P.W. and Sayre, E.C. (2016) “A case study of upper-level physics students’ individual pathways through physics”, Cultural Studies of Science Education link
  •  Irving, P.W. and Sayre, E.C. (2016) “Developing Physics Identity”, Physics Today 69(5), 46 (2016) link
  •  Madsen, A.M, McKagan, S.B., Martinuk, M.“S”., Bell, A, and Sayre, E.C. (2016) “Research-based assessment affordances and constraints: Perceptions of physics faculty” Physical Review Special Topics – Physics Education Research Focused Collection: Faculty Practices link
  •  Irving, P.W. and Sayre, E.C. (2015) “Becoming a Physicist: The Roles of Research, Mindsets, and Milestones in upper-division student perceptions”, Physical Review Special Topics – Physics Education Research Focused Collection: Upper Division 11(2), 020120. doi:10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.11.020120
  •  Sayre, E.C. and Irving, P.W. (2015) “Brief, embedded, spontaneous metacognitive talk indicates thinking like a physicist”, Physical Review Special Topics – Physics Education Research Focused Collection: Upper Division 11(2), 020121. doi:10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.11.020121
  •  Madsen, A, McKagan, S.B, and Sayre, E.C. (2015) “How physics instruction impacts students’ beliefs about learning physics: a meta-analysis of 24 studies”, Physical Review Special Topics – Physics Education Research, 10(1), 1103. doi:10.1103/physrevstper.11.010115
  •  Franklin, S.V., Sayre, E.C., and J. Clark (2014) “Traditionally taught students learn; actively-engaged students remember”, American Journal of Physics 82(8), 798-801. doi:10.1119/1.4890508
  •  Sayre, E.C. (2014) “Oral exams as a tool for teaching and assessment”, Teaching Science 60(2), 29-33. link
  •  Irving, P. W., & Sayre, E. C. (2014). “Conditions for building a community of practice in an advanced physics laboratory”, Physical Review Special Topics – Physics Education Research, 10(1), 10109. doi:10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.10.010109
  •  Aubrecht II, G.J. and Sayre, E.C. (2014) “Newton’s Third Law in Middle School”, Association for University Regional Campuses of Ohio (AURCO) Journal 20, 22-30. link
  •  Madsen, A.M, McKagan, S.B, and Sayre, E.C. (2013) “Gender gap on concept inventories in physics: what is consistent, what is inconsistent, and what factors influence the gap?”, Physical Review Special Topics – Physics Education Research 9, 020121. (Editors’ Suggestion). doi:10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.9.020121
  • Irving, P.W. and Sayre, E.C. (2013) "Physics Identity Development: A snapshot of the stages of development of upper-level physics students", Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Irving, P.W., Martinuk, M."S." and Sayre, E.C. (2013) "Transitions in students' epistemic framing along two axes: Expansive/Narrow and Serious/Silly", Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research
  • Chen, Y., Irving, P.W., and Sayre, E.C. (2013) "An epistemic game for answer making in learning about hydrostatics", Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research
  • Sayre, E.C., Franklin, S.V., Clark, J., and Sun, Y. (2012) "Learning, Retention, and Forgetting of Newton's Third Law throughout University Physics", Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research
  • Heckler, A.F. and Sayre, E.C. (2010) "What happens between pre- and post-tests: Multiple measurements of student understanding during an introductory physics course", American Journal of Physics
  • Sayre, E.C. and Heckler, A.F. (2009) "Peaks and decays of student knowledge in an introductory E&M course," Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research.
  • >Sayre, E.C. and Wittmann, M.C. (2008) "The plasticity of intermediate mechanics students' coordinate system choice", Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research.

Peer-reviewed Conference Proceedings

  • Sayre, E.C., Madsen, A.M., and McKagan, S.B. (2016) “Research-based Assessment Resources to Improve Teaching in Physics Classrooms and Departments” Proceedings of NSF EnFUSE Symposium
  •  Thompson, J.D., Modir, B. and Sayre, E.C. (2016) “Algorithmic, Conceptual, and Physical Thinking: A Framework for Understanding Student Difficulties in Quantum Mechanics” Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference of the Learning Sciences
  •  Bertram, C., Leak, A., Sayre, E.C., Kustusch, M.B., and Franklin, S.V. (2016) “Student Conceptions of Expertise” Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference of the Learning Sciences
  •  Bell, R.S., Vasserman, E.Y. and Sayre, E.C. (2015) “Developing and Piloting a Quantitative Assessment Tool for Cybersecurity Courses”, ASEE Proceedings 2015 link
  •  Modir, B, Irving, P.W., Wolf, S.F, and Sayre, E.C. (2015) “Learning about the Energy of a Hurricane System through an Estimation Epistemic Game”, Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings 2014 link
  •  Wolf, S.F., Doughty, L., Irving, P.W., Sayre, E.C., and Caballero, M.D. (2015) “Just Math: A new epistemic
  • frame” Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings 2014 link
  • Irving, P.W. and Sayre, E.C. (2014) “Upper-level physics students’ perceptions of physicists”, Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference of the Learning Sciences link
  •  Madsen, A.M, McKagan, S.B.,Sayre, E.C., Martinuk, M.“S”., and Bell, A (2014) “Personas as a Powerful Methodology to Design Targeted Professional Development Resources”, Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference of the Learning Sciences link
  •  Bell, R.S., Vasserman, E.Y. and Sayre, E.C.. (2014) “A longitudinal study of students in an introductory cybersecurity course.” ASEE Proceedings 2014 link
  • Irving, P.W. and Sayre, E.C. (2013) "Upper Level Physics Students Conceptions Of Understanding", Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings 2012, AIP Conference Proceedings
  • Rebello, C.M., Sayre, E.C., and Rebello, N.S. (2012) "Effects of Argumentation Scaffolds and Problem Representation on Students' Solutions and Argumentation Quality in Physics", Proceedings of the 2012 International Conference of the Learning Sciences
  • Sayre, E.C. and Franklin, S.V. (2011) "Learning, Retention, and Forgetting in University Physics", American Educational Research Association 2011 Conference
  • Heckler, A.F., Scaife, T.M., and Sayre, E.C. (2010) "Response Times and Misconception-like Responses to Science Questions", Proceedings of the CogSci 2010, Cognitive Science Society
  • Clark, J., Sayre, E.C., and Franklin, S.V. (2010) "Fluctuations in Student Understanding of Newton's Third Law", Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings 2010, AIP Conference Proceedings
  • Wang, T. and Sayre, E.C. (2010) "Maximum Likelihood Estimation (MLE) of students' understanding of vector subtraction", Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings 2010, AIP Conference Proceedings
  • Hawkins, J.M., Thompson, J.R., Wittmann, M.C., Sayre, E.C., and Frank, B.W. (2010) "Students' responses to different representations of a vector addition question", Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings 2010, AIP Conference Proceedings
  • Rosenblatt, R., Sayre, E.C., and Heckler, A.F. (2009) "Modeling students' conceptual understanding of force, velocity, and acceleration", Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings 2009, AIP Conference Proceedings.
  • Sayre, E.C. and Heckler, A.F. (2008) "Evolution of Student Knowledge in a Traditional Introductory Classroom", Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings 2008, AIP Conference Proceedings.
  • Rosenblatt, R, Sayre, E.C., and Heckler, A.F. (2008) "Toward a comprehensive picture of student understanding of force, velocity, and acceleration", Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings 2008, AIP Conference Proceedings.
  • Sayre, E.C. and Wittmann, M.C. (2007) "Intermediate mechanics students' coordinate system choice", Proceedings of the 2007 Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education.
  • Sayre, E.C., Wittmann, M.C., and Donovan, J.E. (2007) "Resource Plasticity: Detailing a Common Chain of Reasoning with Damped Harmonic Motion," Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings 2006, AIP Conference Proceedings.
  • Sayre, E.C., Wittmann, M.C., and Thompson, J.R. (2004) "Resource Selection in Nearly-Novel Situations," in S. Franklin, K. Cummings, J. Marx (Eds.) Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings 2003, AIP Conference Proceedings.

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Sep 19, 2016, 11:30 AM
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