Faculty Profile for Dr. Eleanor W Close

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Dr. Eleanor W Close
Associate Professor — Physics
RFM 3240
phone: (512) 245-8664

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Shultz, M., Close, E. W., Nissen, J. M., & Van Dusen, B. (2021). How do Mathematics Instructors at Hispanic Serving Institutions Justify their Instructional Decisions? In S. S. Karunakaran & A. Higgins (Eds.), 2021 Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education Reports (pp. 291–299). Retrieved from http://sigmaa.maa.org/rume/2021_RUME_Reports.pdf
  • Shultz, M., Nissen, J. M., Close, E. W., & Van Dusen, B. (n.d.). The Role of Epistemological Beliefs in STEM Faculty’s Decisions to use Culturally Relevant Pedagogy at Hispanic-Serving Institutions. International Journal of STEM Education.
  • Shultz, M., Close, E. W., Nissen, J. M., & Van Dusen, B. (n.d.). Epistemological Tensions in Applying Culturally Relevant Pedagogy to Undergraduate Mathematics. In 2022 Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education Reports. Retrieved from 114 Kathryn Cove
  • Nissen, J. M., Her Many Horses, I., Van Dusen, B., Jariwala, M., & Close, E. W. (2021). Tools for identifying courses that support development of expertlike physics attitudes. Physical Review Physics Education Research, 17(1), 013103. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.17.013103
  • Nissen, J. M., Her Many Horses, I., Van Dusen, B., Jariwala, M., & Close, E. W. (n.d.). Providing context for identifying effective introductory physics courses. The Physics Teacher.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) 5+ Club, Physics Teacher Education Coalition. December 2021
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) 5+ Club, Physics Teacher Education Coalition. December 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: College Achievement Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities, College of Science and Engineering, Texas State University. September 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Alpha Chi Favorite Professor, Alpha Chi. 2018
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Presidential Distinction Award for Service, College of Science and Engineering. September 2018

Selected Grants

  • Close, Eleanor W (Principal). PERTG – Visiting Scholar Grant, $1000. (Funded: 2015). Grant.
  • Close, Eleanor W, Berry, S.. “Our River” Project: Exploring the efficacy of field trips to positively influence children’s attitudes toward science and conservation, Student Undergraduate Research Fund (S.U.R.F.) grant, $995. (Funded: April 2015). Grant.
  • Close, Eleanor W, Lewis, R.. Female Science Anxiety: Causes and Concerns for Elementary Educators, Student Undergraduate Research Fund (S.U.R.F.) grant, $274. (Funded: November 2014). Grant.
  • Close, Eleanor W, Geerts, Wilhelmus J, Spencer, Gregory F. Computers for Physics class room RFM3223 and the Physics Advanced Student Lounge RFM3222 in support of the Physics curriculum, ACC Student Computing Resources proposal, $17900. (Funded: 2013). Grant.
  • Van Dusen, Benjamin (Principal), Close, Eleanor W (Co-Principal), Nissen, Jayson (Co-Principal), Talbot, Robert (Co-Principal). Developing Faculty Resources of Evidence-based Practices that Improve Learning and Equity in STEM, National Science Foundation, Federal, $2050450. (Submitted: March 2019, Funded: October 2019 - September 2023). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Organizer
STEM Communities "Department Instructional Assessment" meetings: Physics / Biology team (PHYS 1335 & 1345 – new courses)
November 9, 2021-Present
Organizer
STEM Communities "Department Instructional Assessment" meetings: Chemistry team (CHEM 1341)
November 5, 2021-Present
Member
Research for EDucator Equity & Excellence (REDEE) Center Advisory Board
December 2020-Present
Member
Personnel Committee for Physics
September 2018-Present
Advisor
Society for Women in Physics student club, Texas State University
December 2014-Present