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



Mars Today

Dr. Dowling's talk as part of the Public Astronomy Lecture Series will highlight current conditions on Mars and compare with what the planet was probably like 3 billion years ago. The audience will be encouraged to ask questions about the science versus the fiction in “The Martian” and NASA’s plans for future space exploration.


The Weather on Mars

Congratulations to Dr. Dowling who is cited at the end of this Washington post article: “The weather on Mars is both totally alien and somewhat Earth-like all at once.”