Faculty in Action
Anne J. Cox
Professor of Physics
BS, Rhodes College
PhD, University of Virginia
Classes I'm teaching this year: Fundamental Physics II, Advanced Laboratory, Classical Mechanics and Western Heritage in a Global Context
Areas of expertise:Experimental physics, physics education
Current research or projects: Exploring the ways technology (simulations) can help students learn physics. For example, Physlet Quantum Physics (Belloni, Christian and Cox) uses simulations to help teach modern physics and quantum mechanics.
Q & A
Why did you decide to become a college professor?
I love seeing the “ah-ha” moment in students’ eyes when they “get” a concept that they have been struggling with.
What do you enjoy most about teaching at Eckerd?
Physics toys! Helping students learn that physics is not a scary, impossible subject, but one that they can understand.
How would you describe Eckerd students?
Engaged, curious, relaxed and adventurous.
What makes Eckerd so special or why does it stand out to you as a great college?
The students work hard and play hard, and the faculty is truly invested in the college so it is a great place to work and learn.
What is the best thing a student has ever said in your class?
“Oh… now I get it.”
How do you describe your teaching style?
Interactive (yes, this is an educational buzzword), but I try to put the responsibility for learning in the hands of my students: students learn best from each other which means I work to keep students involved and working together.
How do you encourage your students to ThinkOUTside?
I want students to think outside the traditional view of instruction: listening to a lecture and trying to absorb the information is often not the best way to learn something and while it can be a challenge to consider other ways of approaching the classroom, it is worth the effort.
Using 5 words or less complete this sentence: Eckerd is…
engaging, accepting, challenging and fun.