Dean A. Zollman
NSF Award Recognition: NSF 2004 Distinguished Teaching Scholars

Research Contributions: Dr. Zollman focuses on physics education research and curriculum development, concentrating on researching the use of technology for teaching physics. He has been a Fulbright Research Fellow at the University of Munich and the Institute for Science Education in Kiel, Germany, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. His research efforts have resulted in the publication of a large numbers of papers in refereed journals as well as the development of innovative instructional materials. Dr. Zollman has twice received the Computers in Physics Top Award for Outstanding Educational Software.

Educational Contributions: While Dr. Zollman has taught a full range of courses from graduate-level quantum field theory to conceptual physics for non-science students, his primary focus is on non-physics majors and future teachers. He is the Director of the Visual Quantum Mechanics project aimed at creating instructional materials for high school students, non-science college students, biology majors and physics majors. He has received numerous teaching awards including the William Stamey Outstanding Teaching Award, the Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement Award, as well as Kansas State University's highest award, Coffman University Distinguished Teaching Scholar. He has also received the American Association of Physics Teacher's Robert A. Millikan medal for outstanding contributions in physics teaching. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Council for the Advancement and Support of Education named Dr. Zollman as its National Doctoral University Professor of the Year.

Director's Award Project: Dr. Zollman aims to conduct research on the reasoning and models that students use as they transfer basic physics knowledge to the application of physics in contemporary medicine, and use the results of this research to develop active engagement teaching-learning materials to help students learn about the applications of 20th and 21st century physics to contemporary medical diagnosis procedures.

from NSF Event, June 2, 2004 Program