Texas Tech University

Beth Thacker, Ph.D

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Email: Beth.Thacker@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-2996

Office: Holden Hall 59

Ph.D. Theoretical Physics, Cornell University (1990)

M.S. Physics, Cornell University (1986)

B.S. Physics, Davidson College (1980)

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Dr. Beth Thacker is a Professor of Physics at Texas Tech University. She has developed a laboratory-based, inquiry-based curriculum (INQ) taught using Socratic questioning pedagogy and has done significant work investigating students' qualitative and quantitative understanding of physics concepts in courses taught by traditional and non-traditional methods. She is presently working on assessing pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) of Learning Assistants (LAs) in an inquiry-based physics class, assessing students' thinking skills across pedagogies,  graduate students' understanding of symmetry and conservation laws in classical mechanics, students' understanding of Quantum Computing (QC) at the undergraduate level and Educational Augmented Reality. She was a Principal Investigator on a large-scale assessment project at TTU that demonstrated the effectiveness of the use of evidence-based materials in the introductory undergraduate physics courses. She is excited about research in QC and the development and assessment of an upper level undergraduate QC course. 

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