Wolfgang Christian has taught at Davidson College since 1983. He received his B.S. and P.h.D. in Physics from North Carolina State University at Raleigh. Dr. Christian has written 22 journal publications, and is the co-author of three books: Physlets: Teaching Physics with Interactive Curricular Material (Prentice Hall, 2001), Just-in-Time Teaching (Prentice Hall, 1999), and Waves and Optics: Volume 9 of the Computational Physics Upper Level Software, CUPS, series (Wiley, 1995). He has been the leader of dozens of national faculty development workshops and has been books editor of the magazine Computers in Physics. He is currently vice-chair of the American Physical Society Forum on Education and is a member of the Committee on Educational Technologies of the American Association of Physics Teachers.
Dr. Christian's research interest is in the area of computational physics and instructional software design. This interest builds on the successful establishment of the Davidson Physics Computation Center and the hosting of the 1991 Davidson Computational Physics in the Undergraduate Curriculum Conference. He and his students have won numerous software awards in the annual Computers in Physics and Computers in Science and Engineering software competition. Dr. Christian is currently working on multi-media physics curricular development using the World Wide Web.