Save the Date | Celebrate the Career of Professor Brosing
Physics Professor Juliet Brosing will retire this spring following 30 years at Pacific University, where she has been an award-winning teacher, researcher, textbook author, and student advocate and mentor.
Employees, students, alumni and friends are invited to join her for a special celebration of her career the evening of May 5. More details and registration information coming soon.
Brosing came to Pacific in 1987, following an early career in radiation biophysics. As a faculty member, her research in nuclear physics continued, with undergraduates at her side, often at the nuclear reactor at Reed College.
Now the senior member of the Physics Department faculty, she was a pioneer in the department’s successful transition to a project-based teaching approach, focused on labs and real-world simulations, rather than lectures.
She is known on campus for her colorful academic regalia, her homemade fudge, her support of students, and her hospitality in hosting class projects — like potato gun experiments – at her Cherry Grove home.
She is the co-author, with retired Physics Professor W.T. Griffith, of the last four editions of the textbook, Physics of Everyday Phenomena, as well as other textbook chapters. And over the past two decades, she and colleagues led two different iterations of science summer camps for teenage girls to support women in the sciences.
In 2012, she was named Oregon Professor of the Year, the only Pacific faculty member to earn the distinction.
As she prepares to end her teaching career, Brosing says she sees her legacy in the alumni whose lives she has touched — and in the future students who she hopes to continue to support. She lends her name to two endowed funds at Pacific — one for a physics scholarship and one for summer undergraduate research opportunities for physics students —and she invites those who wish to support her legacy to give to each.
“I really want my legacy to be these endowed funds,” she said. “I love the idea that years from now, students could be doing research and getting scholarships in my name.
”That’s what I want to leave.”