Eleanor C Sayre
What do you do?
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.
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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.