Juliet Brosing | 2012 Oregon Professor of the Year

Pacific University physics professor Juliet Brosing has been named the 2012 Oregon Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

The organizations have partnered in offering the U.S. Professors of the Year Awards program since 1981, and the program is recognized as one of the most prestigious awards honoring undergraduate teaching.

Brosing is the first faculty member from Pacific University to be selected and was among just 300 professors from throughout the country to have been nominated for both a state and national honor.

Brosing began her tenure at Pacific University in 1987. She is one of the original proponents of the department’s project-based approach to teaching the subject, which has resulted in the development of a curriculum that is almost devoid of lectures and that relies, instead, on labs and realistic simulations that help put physics in a real-world setting.

“There is real value in these types of projects,” Brosing says. “They are learning the same physics, but in a context. They will retain more. They learn other valuable skills. And they have fun, they really get into it.”

As a teacher, Brosing finds herself advocating women in the sciences. In the 1990s, she and others hosted a summer science camp at Pacific for middle school girls.

More recently, she and Shereen Khoja, in Pacific’s Math and Computer Science Department received a National Science Foundation grant to conduct a similar camp focused on computer science for middle school girls.

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