Dr. Brian Frank

Associate Professor

Dr. Brian Frank
615-494-7844
Room 206E , Wiser-Patten Science Hall (WPS)
MTSU Box 71, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Office Hours

Spring 2019: Tuesday – Friday, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park (2009)
  • M.S., Arizona State University, Tempe (2006)
  • B.A., Johns Hopkins University, MD (2003)

Areas of Expertise

  • Physics Education
  • Physics Teacher Preparation

Biography

Brian joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Middle Tennessee State University in 2011. Before joining MTSU, he earned his doctorate degree in Physics from the University of Maryland and worked as a post-doctoral researcher in the Center for Research in STEM Education at the University of Maine. As an education researcher, he is interested in studying the development of deep engagement in science and how instruction can support students in seeing and making use of science in their ...

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Brian joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Middle Tennessee State University in 2011. Before joining MTSU, he earned his doctorate degree in Physics from the University of Maryland and worked as a post-doctoral researcher in the Center for Research in STEM Education at the University of Maine. As an education researcher, he is interested in studying the development of deep engagement in science and how instruction can support students in seeing and making use of science in their everyday lives. As an educator, he is also dedicated to the preparation and professional development of physics teachers.

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Publications

Frank, B.W. (Sep 2018) “Taking a Crack at Card Stacks: Tips and Tricks for Getting Started”, The Physics Teacher.

Hayes, K. and Frank, B.W. (2015), Identity, pedagogy, and topical interest as sources of support for transformative experiences.” Proceedings of the 2015 Physics Education Research Conference. Melville, New York: AIP Conference Proceedings.

Atkins, L.J. and Frank, B.W. (2015). “Examining the Products of Responsive Inquiry” in Responsiv...

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Frank, B.W. (Sep 2018) “Taking a Crack at Card Stacks: Tips and Tricks for Getting Started”, The Physics Teacher.

Hayes, K. and Frank, B.W. (2015), Identity, pedagogy, and topical interest as sources of support for transformative experiences.” Proceedings of the 2015 Physics Education Research Conference. Melville, New York: AIP Conference Proceedings.

Atkins, L.J. and Frank, B.W. (2015). “Examining the Products of Responsive Inquiry” in Responsive Teaching in Science and Mathematics. (Eds. Robertson, Scherr, and Hammer.), Rutledge.

Henderson, R.H. & Frank, B.W. (2015). Book Chapter for Effective Practices in Pre-service Physics Teacher Education, “A Case Study in Preservice Physics Education: Middle Tennessee State University.”

Frank, B.W.,& Mittura, P. (2015), “Transformative Experiences and Conceptual Understanding of Force and Motion”. Proceedings of the 2014 Physics Education Research Conference.Melville, New York: AIP Conference Proceedings.

Haddard, R. and Frank, B.W. (2014). “Exploring instructor knowledge of student ideas with the Force Concept Inventory.” Proceedings of the 2013 Physics Education Research Conference.

Frank, B.W.and Atkins, L.J. (2014). “Adapting Transformative Experience Surveys to Undergraduate Physics.” Proceedings of the 2013 Physics Education Research Conference.

Frank, B.W.,Goertzen, R.M, & Hutchison, P. (Nov 2013) “The Pedagogical Value of using obvious questions in introductory physics,” The Physics Teacher.

Frank, B.W. & Speer, N.M. (2013). “Building Knowledge for Teaching: Three Cases of Physics Graduate Students” Proceedings of the 2012 Physics Education Research Conference. Melville, New York: AIP Conference Proceedings, pp. 126-199.

Frank, B.W., & Scherr, R.E (2012) “Interactional processes for stabilizing conceptual coherences in physics,” Physical Review Special Topics-Physics Education Research8 (020101), 1-9, 2012.

 

 

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Presentations

Invited Speaker at 2018 Physics Education Research Conference in Washington D.C.

Is there room for wonderful student ideas within the canon of introductory physics?

 

Invited Speaker at 2018 American Association of Physics Teacher “High School Teacher Camp” held Nation...

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Invited Speaker at 2018 Physics Education Research Conference in Washington D.C.

Is there room for wonderful student ideas within the canon of introductory physics?

 

Invited Speaker at 2018 American Association of Physics Teacher “High School Teacher Camp” held National Summer Meeting in Washington, D.C.

“Attending to students’ spontaneous problem-solving approaches as a guide for instructional transformation”

 

Keynote speaker at 2018 RiSE Center ConferenceIntegrating Research & Practice: Using STEM Disciplines to build 21st Century Workplace Skillsat the University of Maine, Orono, ME.

“Research on problem-solving in specific content areas of physics as a guide for curriculum development”

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Awards

2018 Outstanding Teacher Award and Outstanding General Education Award (MTSU Foundation)