Dave Maloney

Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne, IN


B.S. Physics, University of Louisville 1968

M.S. Physics, Ohio University 1972

Ph.D. Interdisciplinary (Physics, Geology, & Education) Ohio University 1975


1987-present Associate and Professor of Physics, Indiana University -Purdue University Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN

1977-1987 Associate and Assistant Professor of Physics, Creighton University, Omaha, NE

1974-1977 Assistant Professor of Physics, Wesleyan College, Macon, GA


Honorable Mention Ohaus-NSTA Awards for Innovations in College Science Teaching (1976)

National Science Foundation (NSF) LOCI Grant, "Individualized, Interdisciplinary Piagetian-based Natural Science" (1978);

NSF LOCI Grant, "Promoting Cognitive Adjustment and Development in Physics" (1981) NSF MDR Grant, "Investigation of Student Strategies in Physics" (1985);

IPFW Sigma Xi’s College Science Teacher of the Year Award (1988)

Indiana University Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award (1990)

NSF CCD Grant "Physical Science: Reasoning & Conceptual Patterns" (1995)

NSF CCLI grant "Improving Conceptual Understanding and Complex

Problem Solving in General Physics" Mark F. Masters and D. P. Maloney

NSF CCLI grant "Magnetism Tools for Learning and Assessment" C. J. Hieggelke, D. P. Maloney, and T. L. O'Kuma



Ranking Task Exercises in Physics T. L O’Kuma, D. P. Maloney and C. J. Hieggelke (Eds.) Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle River, N.J. (2000)


1. "Research in Problem Solving: Physics" in Handbook of Research on the Teaching and Learning of Science, D. Gabel (Ed.) MacMillan (1994).


1. "Group Problem Sessions in PSI Physics Courses" American Journal of Physics 46, 681-682 (1978).

2. "Rule-Governed approaches to Physics: Newton’s Third Law" Physics Education 19, 37-42 (1984).

3. "Rule-Governed Approaches to Physics: Conservation of Mechanical Energy" Journal of Research in Science Teaching 22, 261-278 (1985).

4. "Charged Poles?" Physics Education 20, 310-316 (1985).

5. "Ranking Tasks: A New Type of Test Item" Journal of College Science Teaching 16, #6 (1987).

6. "Forces as Interactions" The Physics Teacher 28, 386-390 (1990).

7."Effect of Written Text on Usage of Newton’s Third Law" with Rosemary Boyle Journal of Research in Science Teaching 28, 123-139 (1991).

8. "Conceptual Competition in Physics Learning" with Robert S. Siegler International Journal of Science Education 15, 283-295 (1993).

9. "Teaching Science to the Nonscience Major - An Interdisciplinary Approach" Ronald J. Duchovic, David P. Maloney, Aniket Majumdar, and Richard S. Manalis Journal of College Science Teaching 27, 258-262 (1998).

10. "Playing Physics Jeopardy" with Alan Van Heuvelen American Journal of Physics 67, 252-256 (1999).


Organizer and Co-leader of workshop on "Research Techniques in Physics Education," AAPT meeting, Columbus, OH, June 1986; San Francisco, CA, January 1987, Bozeman, MT, June 1987; and Washington, DC, January 1988.

Member of interdisciplinary instructional team on Problem Solving for Indiana Governor’s Scholars Academy, 1989.

Conducted workshop "Developing Research-based Conceptual Exercises," AAPT Atlanta national meeting, January 1990, Minneapolis national meeting, June 1990, Orlando national meeting, January 1992, and Orono, Maine, national meeting, August 1992.

Served as group leader for School Science Curriculum Conference sponsored by American Chemical Society and American Association of Physics Teachers; funded by National Science Foundation.

Workshop Co-leader, with Alan Van Heuvelen of Ohio State University and Patricia Heller of the University of Minnesota, for "Research in Problem Solving: Issues & Alternative Approaches" at AAPT national meetings in Orlando, January 1995, Spokane, August 1995, Reno, January 1996, Washington, DC, August 1996, and Phoenix, January 1997.

Consultant to "Introductory College Physics - Twenty-First Century" NSF funded Advanced Technology Education project.

Physics Instructor for the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program, 1975 & 1976.

Appointed to American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Research in Physics Education Committee, 1985-88. Appointed chairman of the committee, 1986; reappointed, 1987.