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Brendon Mikula

Lecturer

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Physics

Contact

Email: Brendon Mikula
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Degrees

  • Ph.D., Physics Education Research, The Ohio State University, 2015
  • B.S., Lyman Briggs Physics, Michigan State University, 2010

Profile

Dr. Mikula began at Michigan State University in 2006 majoring in physics through the residential college Lyman Briggs. He worked as a tutor/proctor/grader for two years through the Math Department and two years as a Learning Assistant for Lyman Briggs physics labs, where he was awarded the Outstanding Learning Assistant Award for Physics. In addition to physics, Dr. Mikula was also a member of the Spartan Marching Band and Spartan Brass for two years.

Dr. Mikula attended The Ohio State University for grad school starting in 2010, with a concentration in Physics Education Research. He helped to develop the “Essential Skills” assignments, a series of mastery-graded homework about vector skills, which are still part of the introductory physics and materials science engineering curricula at Ohio State.

After graduating from Ohio State in 2015, Dr. Mikula spent three years as an Instructor at Indiana State University. While at Indiana State, he added group work recitations to the introductory physics sequence to better help students with problem solving, and was nominated for the College of Arts and Sciences Educational Excellence Award. Dr. Mikula then spent three years as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Earlham College, where he revised the introductory laboratory curriculum based on results from physics education research. In 2021, Dr. Mikula accepted a one-year position at the University of Dayton, before being formally hired as a Lecturer starting in Fall 2022.

Courses taught

  • PHY 201
  • PHY 202
  • PHY 206
  • PHY 207
  • SCI 190