Chairman’s Report on the Status and Vision for the future of the Physics Department at Wichita State University. Prof. Nickolas Solomey 3 December 2007. Review Panel Members. Experienced University Teachers Knowledgeable employers of Physics majors
Prof. Nickolas Solomey
3 December 2007
have gone on to Harvard, Boeing
Univ. of Michigan, Ohio State,
Northwestern University, MIT
and much more.
Prof. Warren Pickett,
Like most Physics departments our department teaches mostly to the service of other programs, our student population is:
We are not a small department since we teach about 4500+ credit hours each year.
140 students/semester for 313
120 students/semester for 314
70 students/semester in 315
25 students/semester in 316
Phys 213 has 75 students/semester
Phys 214 has 50 students/semester
Labs are mandatory
This table show the future teaching loads for introductory Physics classes.
Please note that we are not a small department in credit hour income to the University.
Secondly, you should notice that this minimum schedule has only 9 classes a semester taught by Physics faculty.
This table show the planned undergraduate Physics major classes over the next 5 years in gray at the top.
A graduate program only needs one extra class every semester and classes in conjunction with undergraduate classes.
Very advanced graduate classes could be arranged by video with other schools. I propose that Sister Physics Dept. relationships with three schools would be enough. I am talking with Univ. of Hawaii, Univ. of Chicago and Lancaster Univ. as possible schools.
Examples of this are how my IIT graduate student went to Univ. of Chicago and took the class on quantum field theory and particle physics theory there while signed up for these classes with me at IIT.
Projected graduate program enrollment with M.S. and Ph.D. issued.
This projected hiring plan is that needed to cover our minimal teaching loads.
This will changed as we try to understand how to improve our introductory Physics classes for engineers.
What research should the new hires be specialized in?
I propose that we hire groups in:
(would be the only such group in Kansas)
3. experimental Astro-physics
(possible cooperation with NIAR)
Why these specialization?
Both DOE and NSF, office of high-energy and nuclear physics have told me that a 2 or 3 faculty group is fundable. Less than 2 would not be funded, 2 not well and 3 would be considered strongly.
NASA program managers have asked that experimental groups have at least 2, but 3 would not bring us more.
We are currently reaching out to nine 4-year Liberal Arts Colleges in this part of Kansas, and four schools are interested in both Instruction and Research cooperation between our Physics Faculty.
We started in October of 2007 a program of recruiting to get Physics majors, and when the time comes this will expand into a graduate program recruiting effort.