UofL - Department of Physics & Astronomy

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Teaching Physics

Have you ever thought about teaching physics? The UofL Department of Physics & Astronomy would like to encourage you to think very seriously about this career option! Teaching physics can be very rewarding work. Furthermore, there is an on-going serious shortage of qualified physics teachers in Kentucky and most of the United States. This means that there are plentiful job opportunities. If this sounds interesting to you, please watch the video below from the Physics Teachers Education Coalition (PhysTEC).

To become certified as a physics teacher, you will need some formal education training. Our "Early Start" program will help you get there sooner. Under this program, you can get your Bachelors degree in Physics and a Masters degree in Teaching in a total of 5 years. The University's Noyce Teacher Scholar's Grant Program provides some additional incentive to pursuing a career as a physics teacher.

If you have further questions, feel free to contact the Department Chairperson, Undergraduate Program Director, or other.

The Physics Teachers Education Coalition
The American Association of Physics Teachers



Kudos to Professor Kielkopf

Congratulations to Prof. Kielkopf on his recent Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contract funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR).


Prof. Jian Du-Caines receives NSF CAREER Award

Prof. Jian Du-Caines of the University of Louisville Atmospheric Science Program, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, has received a prestigious NSF CAREER Grant. Her project is "Physical Causes of Multi-Scale Temporal Variability in Atmospheric Tides from the Troposphere to the Dynamo Region." The grant is worth $500,000 over five years.