November 2016: Tony Musumba
Bismarck State College, Bismarck, North Dakota
- Member since 2008
- Associate Professor of Physics
- Bismarck, North Dakota
I am an associate professor of physics at Bismarck State College (BSC). In fall 2016, I began my eighth year at BSC. I received a BS in Physics (1995) and Masters in Physics (2001) from Moi University in Kenya and got my PHD. in Physics from University of Texas at Dallas in 2008.
I joined AAPT when I started teaching fulltime at the community college in Bismarck. I had known about AAPT because of The Physics Teacher journal when I was an undergraduate in Kenya.
I have been actively involved in my local section and nationally with American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). At the local section level I serve as Section Representative of North Dakota AAPT. I finished a 3 year term on the AAPT National Committee on Diversity 2013-2016. I currently serve on the national nominating committee. I’ve been active in Two Year College AAPT Committee and also Physics Workshops for Two Year Colleges with PIs Tom O’kuma and Dwain Desbien. Currently I am a member of the Partnership for Integration of Computation in Undergraduate Physics (PICUP) community working actively at integrating computation in the undergraduate physics curriculum.
My favorite thing about teaching physics is my interactions with my students and I learn a lot from them. My students don’t come to physics classes totally clueless about the physical world. I like to help students see that their previous physics knowledge is not necessarily faulty but can be tweaked and built upon. For the last five years my students worked on end of semester projects involving video analysis of sports, racing, running etc. My students and colleagues at Bismarck State College have also been involved in launching balloons to the edge of space. I enjoy working with my physics colleagues in developing activities for physics students at the introductory level.