Professor of Physics
Areas of Expertise
- My primary research interest is the area of classroom engagement activities that help promote sustained, meaningful learning in introductory physics and astronomy courses.
- My primary interest in undergraduate research involves main-belt asteroid search projects and astronomy data collection with automated online telescopes.
- I am interested in classroom strategies and activities that enhance student self-confidence in problem solving, conceptual understanding, and critical thinking skills.
Dr. William Schmidt teaches general physics and introductory astronomy courses and directs research projects in physics and astronomy. His research interests include physics education and classroom techniques that enhance meaningful learning. His students use creative writing assignments to articulate their own associations and connections in a physics context to help them develop a “physics window” through which they view the world. Dr. Schmidt has given presentations at AAPT meetings on engagement techniques for smaller-sized classes to emphasize the broad skill set necessary for learning physics, and he has articles in The Physics Teacher. Dr. Schmidt joined the Meredith faculty in 2001.
Ph.D., Physics / Geophysics, University of North Dakota, 2001
MS, Physics, University of North Dakota, 1994
BS, Physics and Astronomy/Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1991
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