Tennessee Tech University physics professor Steve Robinson is an excellent educator, according to the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society.
Robinson recently received the society’s annual George B. Pegram Award, which honors “excellence in the teaching of physics in the Southeast.” That region includes 10 states and Puerto Rico.
“I feel like, overall, it’s recognition of the importance of the kinds of things I do,” Robinson said. “If you care deeply about something, you like to see it acknowledged and I think that this field is one that often gets overlooked at the university level.”
Robinson has been at TTU since 1991. Though he began his research in experimental nuclear physics, he has moved to developing courses and materials to help elementary, middle and high school teachers teach science to their students.
“I was teaching a class for prospective teachers and I felt like I was not giving them what they really needed from the course that would help them with their own teaching,” Robinson said. “I found that facilitating other people’s learning was a very exhilarating and rewarding experience.”
The Pegram Award, first given in 1971, is named in honor of the treasurer of the American Physical Society who helped form the Southeastern section. The section encompasses more than 2,600 members and is the oldest section in the nation.