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Jessica Fielder

Jessica Fielder

Lecturer

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA

I love turning people on to science, and that's one of the main goals I have in mind when I teach. If I can get someone interested in learning more after they leave the classroom while helping them learn some science content at the same time, then I've succeeded.

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"If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe." -Carl Sagan
Interests

On the pedagogical side I'm interested in how we learn things (especially science), how our everyday experiences influence our mental model of how things work, and how the process of success and failure in our educational endeavors influences us emotionally and intellectually as lifelong learners. On the science side, I'm in...

A place where I have enough time and space to engage in responsible science education and apply the methods scientific research to my teaching.
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San Francisco State University, Physics & Astronomy and Science Departments

Lecturer

I autonomously teach introductory courses in physics, astronomy, and conceptual science to classes that range in size from less than 20 students to more than 100. I have also coordinated laboratory courses in physics and astronomy, which involves overseeing other instructors and graduate teaching assistants and organizing weekly coordination meetings.

Career

Santa Rosa Junior College, Earth and Space Sciences Department

Adjunct Faculty

I autonomously teach courses in introductory-level astronomy in both a lecture and a laboratory setting to classes that range in size from less than 20 to more than 75 students. One of the courses I've taught is a practical, observational astronomy lab where students learn astrophotography and the use of 8- and 10-inch reflecting telescopes.

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Career

San Francisco State University

M.S., Physics

University of California, Santa Cruz

B.S., Physics