(Finkelstein, Noah - 2015) -- Klaus D. and Jean L. Timmerhaus Teaching Ambassador Award uri icon



  • Professor Finkelstein serves as a director of the Physics Education Research (PER) group at Colorado, one of the largest research groups in physics education in the country. He has also directed CU’s Center for STEM Learning, which has become one of eight national demonstration sites for the Association of American Universities’ STEM Education Initiative. His research focuses on studying the conditions that support students’ interest and ability in physics. These research projects range from investigating how students learn particular concepts to understanding how to make educational transformation at the departmental and institutional scales sustainable. This research has resulted in over 100 publications and nearly 400 public presentations. Finkelstein has been a key figure in building the physics education research community in the United States. Recently he has also been establishing a national network among university-based centers of STEM education, in partnership with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). He is increasingly involved in policy, and in 2010 he testified before Congress on the state of STEM education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Finkelstein serves on many national boards in physics education, including the board of trustees for the Higher Learning Commission, which accredits more than 1,000 institutions of higher education in the United States.

year awarded

  • 2015