Faculty Profile for Dr. Alice R Olmstead

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Dr. Alice R Olmstead
Assistant Professor — Physics
RFM 3240
phone: (512) 245-2131

Biography Section

Teaching Interests

astronomy; physics; pedagogy; science and society

Research Interests

instructional change; institutional change; faculty development

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Sachmpazidi, D., Olmstead, A. R., Thompson, A. N., Henderson, C., & Beach, A. (n.d.). Team-based instructional change in undergraduate STEM: Characterizing effective faculty collaboration. International Journal of STEM Education.
  • Gutmann, B. N., Ochoa-Madrid, E. K., & Olmstead, A. R. (2020). “I’m not that important”: Barriers and bolsters to student agency during conversations about the intersections of physics and ethics (pp. 191–197).
  • Ochoa-Madrid, E., Olmstead, A. R., & Gutmann, B. (2020). Characterizing physics students’ ethical reasoning after a unit on the development of the atomic bomb.
  • Barringer, D. F., Olmstead, A. R., & Maldonado, A. (2020). Benefits of a student-led astronomy club: Lessons to inform instructional design.
  • Olmstead, A. R., Beach, A., & Henderson, C. (2019). Supporting improvements to undergraduate STEM instruction: An emerging model for understanding instructional change teams. International Journal of STEM Education, 6(20).

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Service, Texas State University. August 21, 2020

Selected Grants

  • Olmstead, Alice R (Principal). Furthering the Work of STEM Undergraduate Transformation: Modeling Instructional Change Teams, National Science Foundation, Federal, $464671. (Submitted: December 11, 2018, Funded: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2022). Grant.
  • Galloway, Heather C, Close, Eleanor W, Olmstead, Alice R, Luxford, Cynthia J, Feng, Li. Building Capacity: Creating Faculty-Student Communities for Culturally Relevant Institutional Change, National Science Foundation, Federal, $2499933. (Submitted: March 6, 2019, Funded: October 1, 2019 - September 30, 2024). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Faculty Hiring Committee
November 1, 2018-March 2019
STEM Communities "Department Instructional Assessment" meeting: Math team (MATH 2472)
December 4, 2020-Present
STEM Communities "Department Instructional Assessment" meetings: Biology team (BIO 1330 & 1331)
November 13, 2020-Present
STEM Communities "Department Instructional Assessment" meetings: Biochemistry team (CHEM3375)
November 13, 2020-Present
American Physical Society Inclusion Equity and Diversity Alliance (APS-IDEA) team
July 2020-Present