Traditional doctoral programs in physics do not necessarily prepare their graduates to teach effectively. The Ph.D. is a research degree, and this is reflected in the training that most departments offer. Recognizing that many graduate students wish to pursue careers in college teaching, we offer a teaching apprenticeship program to equip these students with knowledge of pedagogy and experience in teaching.
Formal instruction, observation, individual mentors, and seminars in novel teaching methods acquaint these students with the best practices in science teaching. Practice teaching opportunities, accompanied by formal critique and advice, prepare our graduates to begin university careers as outstanding teachers.
Wake Forest University has a tradition of commitment to excellence in teaching, and we view improving college science teaching as part of our mission. Any doctoral student in physics at Wake Forest may elect to participate in this program.