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About Benedikt W. Harrer

Benedikt W. Harrer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at San José State University. Dr. Harrer earned his Ph.D. in physics (specializing in physics education research) at the University of Maine, where he analyzed classroom video to identify disciplinary progenitors in middle school students’ ideas about energy. He also holds a graduate degree in physics and mathematics with a concentration in teaching and education (Staatsexamen Mathematik/Physik für Lehramt an Gymnasien) from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany. Before joining the Department of Physics and Astronomy at SJSU, he taught pre-service mathematics and science teachers in the Cal Teach program at UC Berkeley, where he also directed the Cal Teach Summer Research Institute and co-directed the Berkeley Engineering Research Experiences for Teachers (BERET) program.

Positions

August 2015 - Present Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, San Jose State University
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January 2014 - August 2015 Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley ‐ Cal Teach & Graduate School of Education
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Curriculum Vitae




Grants

2018 Using Geometric Algebra to aid physics students’ understanding of rotational motion
Central Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity (RSCA) Grant
Role: Principal Investigator
$4,950
2016 WaveSIPP: Waves and Synthesizers in Physics Project
Central Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity (RSCA) Grant
Role: Principal Investigator
$4,933
2015 Berkeley Engineering Research Experiences for Teacher + Computing
NSF #EEC - 1542471
Role: Co-Investigator
$599,120
2014 - 2015 Verizon-UTeach Mobile Technology Initiative
Verizon-UTeach Subaward Cohort II
Role: Co-Investigator
$18,175
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2018 - Present Guest Editor, Physical Review Physics Education Research
2010 - Present Member, American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)
2002 - 2017 Member, Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG, German Physical Society)
2016 Co-Organizer, “Methodologies for Video-Based Research in PER," Physics Education Research Conference (PERC)
2014 - 2015 Co-Director, Berkeley Engineer- ing Research Experiences for Teachers (BERET)
2014 - 2015 Coordinator, Cal Teach Summer Research Institute, University of California, Berkeley
2014 Reviewer, Next Generation Science Standards Curriculum Alignment Tool (CAT)
2012 Moderator, “Cultural Influences on Physics Teaching: Identifying Factors, Implementing Change," PERC
Reviewer, Physical Review Physics Education Research
Reviewer, The Physics Teacher
Reviewer, the American Journal of Physics
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Honors and Awards

  • RSCA (RESEARCH, SCHOLARSHIP & CREATIVE ACTIVITY) SPRING 2016 PROPOSAL: WAVESIPP – WAVES AND SYNTHESIZERS IN PHYSICS PROJECT
  • NSF EEC #1542471: BERKELEY ENGINEERING RESEARCH EXPERIENCES FOR TEACHERS + COMPUTING (BERET+C) PROGRAM (CO-PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR)
  • VERIZON-UTEACH SUBAWARD COHORT II 2014/2015


Education

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2013 Ph.D., University of Maine ‐ Physics
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2009 Staatsexamen LAG, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität ‐ Physics/Mathematics
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Contact Information

Benedikt W. Harrer
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy
San José State University
408-924-5284



Peer-Reviewed Research Articles (7)

Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings (1)

Peer-Edited Journals (7)

Reprinted Article (1)

Invited Talks (4)

Contributed Talks (8)