Eleanor C Sayre

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What do you do?

My research is about how people develop professional identity as scientists, teaching emerging education researchers, and building professional development materials for university faculty.

Do you want to be a better academic writer? Maybe you want advice on how being physics faculty, or you're curious about research design. Here are some opinion pieces to help you out.

I make posters, take photographs, and design knitted garments.


Dr. Eleanor C Sayre

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I am a Professor of Physics at Kansas State University. I am also a partner at the Alder Science Education Association (AlderSEA) and a co-Director of the Professional development for Emerging Education Researchers (PEER) program. I have over 70 peer-reviewed publications in discipline-based education research. 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. I also conduct research into effective professional development for university faculty, linking models of faculty motivation to their practices in the classroom.

As PhysPort's Research Director, I coordinate PhysPort's research strands: usability research into effective online professional development materials, fundamental research into student learning via the Data Explorer, and synthesis research into best practices for research-based teaching. I also support other researchers in our community: nudging papers to publication, consulting on grants, and facilitating ethical access to data.

There are more details of my research at the Sayre Lab. Grinnell College did a quick alumni piece about me, and Kansas State University discussed my PEER field school in Rwanda in the Physics Newsletter.

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.

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.

You can find me on Ravelry as zaposa and on twitter as @sayrelab.

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What is zaposa?

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

Zaposa.com 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.

Last update: 2020 May