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About Jeffrey T. Morgan

Dr. Morgan received his undergraduate training in physics at Walla Walla College in southeastern Washington. After teaching high school physics and physical science for three years in suburban Chattanooga, Tennessee, he enrolled in graduate school at the University of Maine. There, he worked with Dr. Michael Wittmann and other members of the Physics Education Research Laboratory in developing instructional materials for a course introducing basic ideas of quantum physics to non-science students. His dissertation work focused on how students learn and reason about the phenomena of quantum tunneling.

Currently, Dr. Morgan's work involves examining how physics students learn some of the foundational ideas, such as potential energy diagrams and wave equations, needed to understand systems discussed in quantum physics courses. He is also interested in studying to what extent elementary school teachers' science activities in their classrooms are influenced by their college science background.


Present Associate Professor, Physics and Science Education, University of Northern Iowa


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Honors and Awards

  • College of Humanities, Arts & Sciences Award for Teaching Excellence in Departmental Programs (2012)
  • University Book and Supply Outstanding Teaching Award (2011)
  • College of Natural Sciences Dean’s Award for Superior Teaching in the Liberal Arts Core (2011)
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, University of Maine (2006)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, University of Maine (2006)
  • Frank H. Todd Scholarship, University of Maine Department of Physics & Astronomy (2004, 2005, 2006)
  • 2nd Place, Physical Sciences Poster Presentations, “Examining Student Models of Quantum Tunneling”, University of Maine Association of Graduate Students (AGS) Graduate Research Expo (April 12-13, 2004)
  • University of Maine Graduate Research Assistantship (2003)
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant, American Association of Physics Teachers (2003)

Contact Information

University of Northern Iowa
215 Begeman Hall
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0150

Office: PHY 215
Phone: (319) 273-2420


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