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Benjamin Geller

Assistant Professor of Physics

Coordinator of NSE Educational Support Initiatives

Physics & Astronomy

Contact

  1. Email:bgeller1@swarthmore.edu
  2. Phone: (610) 957-6287
  3. Science Center L38

I am interested broadly in the relationship between physics and the life sciences, and in how curricula can be made coherent across these disciplines. I have a background in Physics Education Research (PER), where my work has focused on understanding how students navigate the disciplinary boundaries between physics, chemistry, and biology. I hope my students come to view physics as inherently exciting, but also meaningfully connected to their other academic interests within and beyond the natural sciences.

In my role as Coordinator of Natural Sciences and Engineering (NSE) Educational Support Initiatives, I coordinate the training of undergraduate peer assistants across several departments in the NSE division. My goal is to support students in their development as teachers and mentors to their peers, and to communicate ways in which teaching is an intellectual endeavor. At STEM pedagogy workshops, I facilitate discussions about best practices for attending to student thinking and facilitating group work at the evening help sessions that peer assistants lead. We explore ways to foster an inclusive and welcoming environment at such sessions, and the importance of doing so.