ALEXANDER KANE DICKISON

 

Seminole Community College

100 Weldon Boulevard

Sanford, FL 32773

 

EDUCATION

 

Ed.D. - Higher Education - June, 1972, Montana State University

            Major: Higher Education/Physics Education Minor: Physics

            Dissertation: "An Investigation of the Physics Taught in the High Schools of Montana"

 

M.S. - Physics - June, 1968, Montana State University

            Major: Physics Minor: Mathematics

            Research Title: "Reflection and Transmission of Microwave Through Thin Film Superconductors"

              Completed all coursework and tests toward Ph.D. in Physics, but chose to earn Ed.D. rather than complete research for Ph.D.

 

B.S. - Physics Education - June, 1965, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois

           Major: Physics/Mathematics Minor: Chemistry

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

1986-                     Department Chairman, Physical Sciences, Seminole Community College

1973-                     Instructor, Seminole Community College

1978-89                 Adjunct Professor, Physics Department, University of Central Florida

1972-73                 Instructor, Department of Secondary Education, Montana State University

1969-72                 Instructor, Environmental Science, Environmental Control Concentration,

University of Wisconsin, Green Bay

 

ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

 

Member, American Association of Physics Teachers

Committee on Physics in the Two-Year College

The Physics Teacher Review Committee

Section Representative 1978-96

Member of National Executive Committee, 1991-95, 1996-

Treasurer, 1996-

 

Member, Florida Section, American Association of Physics Teachers

Chair - 1975-76

Section Representative - 1978-1996

Host Committee to National Meeting - 1991, 1995

 

Member, National Science Teachers' Association

National Nominating Committee - 1979-81

Program Committee for NSTA Regional Meeting - 1980-81

 

Member, Florida Academy of Sciences

Chair, Physics Section 1975-76, 1979-80

Executive Secretary, 1986-91

 

Member, Florida Statewide Committee on Common Course Numbering, 1984-

 

Director and instructor of AP Institute at SCC during summers, 1988-

 

AP reading and table leader in Physics, 1989-1999

 

NSF Reviewer, ILI 1990, 1991, Special Project, 1993, ATE 1995, 1997, 1999

 

Chair:         Committee to develop a common statewide curriculum for Florida in the Physics with Calculus sequence of courses. Florida State Department of Education, 1980.

 

Physical Science Florida State Leveling Committee, 1995-

 

Host, NSF workshop, Science, Engineering and Mathematics Education in Two-Year Colleges, 1991, 1993, 1995

 

Member, American Institute of Physics, Committee on Career Planning and Placement, 1991-1995

 

Chair and Host: Central Florida Physics Olympics, 1978-

                   Involves around 23 high schools and 3,000 high school students each year.

 

GRANT PROJECTS

 

1995-              P.I., NSF-ATE Project, Introductory College Physics: Twenty-First Century, ICP/21

1994-              Steering Committee Member; NSF and AAPT program: Two-Year Colleges in the Twenty-First Century, TYC21

1996-98     Mentor; Phi Theta Kappa, NSF, and AACC program: Improving Science and Technology Education at Community Colleges

 

AWARDS

 

Nominated to represent Seminole Community College in the Florida Community Colleges' "Red Schoolhouse Award" (the process to select State's outstanding community college teacher) - 1983

 

Outstanding Service Award, Seminole County Schools, FL, 1984 and 1990

 

Service Award, Volusia County Schools, FL, 1989

 

Outstanding Physics Teacher of the Year, Florida Section, American Association of Physics Teachers, 1990

 

Distinguished Service Award, Florida Academy of Sciences, 1991

 

Who's Who in America, 1997-

 

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

 

More than 100 papers and presentations have been given, including the following samples:

 

1976           Invited Paper: "Implementation of Physics of Technology." Winter Meeting, AAPT, New York.

 

1977           "Post-Use Review: Physics of Technology Modules." A. K. Dickison,

American Journal of Physics, May, 1977, pp. 502-50.

 

1980           Invited Paper: "Physics Olympics in Central Florida: A Cooperative Effort." Winter Meeting, American Association of Physics Teachers.

 

1981           Invited Paper: "The STARS Program at Seminole Community College." Annual Conference on Reasoning, Piaget, and Higher Education. Denver, Colorado.

 

1982           Co-editor, Project, COMPAS: A Design for Change, published January, 1982. Peoria, IL, p. 142.

 

1985           Workshop Leader: Using and Developing Videotapes to Help Students Learn Physics. Florida Academy of Sciences Meeting, Gainesville, FL.

 

1988           The Development and Implementation of an AP Physics Workshop. Florida Academy of Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida.

 

1989           Expositor, NSF Topical Conference, Critical Issues in Two-Year-College Physics and Astronomy, Washington, DC

 

1990           Editor, AAPT Guidelines for Two-Year College Physics Programs, American Association of Physics Teachers, College Park, MD.

 

1990           Invited Paper: "The Planning and Development of the Seminole Community College Planetarium." Florida Association of Planetarium Directors, Daytona Beach, FL.

 

1991           Invited Paper: "The Development of the Concept of Electric Potential Using Learning Theory," AAPT Meeting, University of British Columbia.

 

1992           Invited Paper: "Working with Elementary and Middle School Teachers: Experiences and Rewards." AAPT Meeting, Orono, Maine

 

1993           Invited Session on the Report of the Third Trilateral U.S./Japan/China Conference on Physics Teaching, 1993. AAPT Meeting, Boise, Idaho.

 

1996           Invited Paper: "New Approach to College Physics," AAPT Meeting, College Park, Maryland.

 

1998           Workshop “Introductory College Physics/Twenty-First Century,” AAPT Meeting, Lincoln, Nebraska.

 

2000           Invited Paper: “Building a Regional and National Network (TYC21),” AAPT Meeting, Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

 

2000           The Introductory College Physics: Twenty First Century (ICP/21) project is developing a new creative algebra based physics course. It involves eleven instructors from other community colleges around the nation as writers. This year twenty other TYCs are field testing the material.