Office: CHCB 120
During the Autumn 2013 semester, I will be teaching Modern Physics (PHSX 343) and College Physics I ( PHSX 205N).
I am the proud husband of Maile Macaluso, a critical care certified registered nurse (CCRN) at Community Medical Center here in Missoula. We have an amazing three year old son, Lyell (named after the highest peak in Yosemite National Park), and a beautiful, incredibly happy six month old daughter, Claire (no mountains involved, we just love the name). Somehow during my time earning two bachelors degrees and teaching middle and high school, I was also a working (and busy) professional musician and an avid cyclist: I am no longer the former, but I try mightily to remain the latter. My wife (who was a pack guide in Yosemite Valley before finding her calling in nursing) and I enjoy backpacking and camping and are now figuring out how to incorporate two munchkins into those activities. And with Glacier National Park so close, we have tremendous motivation to do exactly that.
Autumn 2013 MWF 12:10 PM - 1:30 PM and by appointment.
I am happy to help students and answer questions outside my normally scheduled office hours and I strongly encourage students to seek my assistance whenever necessary. If I am not in my office, I can often be found in my lab, CHCB 020, or in the machine shop, CHCB 023.
B.S. Architectural Engineering, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 1995
B.A. Physics, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 2002
Doctoral Fellow In-residence, The Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2008-2010
Ph.D. Physics, University of Nevada, 2010
During my time as an undergraduate student, I was surprised by the number of professors who found themselves teaching in spite of their obvious disinterest in classroom instruction. I was also surprised by the lack of teaching experience of many of my undergraduate professors. While most made up for their teaching inexperience with enthusiasm, hard work, preparation and natural talent, others could clearly have benefitted from additional instructional training and experience before assuming the role of university professor. So in between earning my first bachelors degree and my PhD, I spent six very rewarding years teaching in secondary education. I taught both middle and high school during that time in preparation for my eventual career as a university professor to learn more about teaching, to discover my own teaching style, and to test my mettle in front of the most challenging students on earth: hormonal 7th graders. After my successful stint in secondary education, I taught several sections of both algebra- and calculus-based introductory physics laboratory at the University of Nevada as a graduate student and in the latter stages of my graduate career became the defacto guest lecturer for the department. At UM, I have taught Electronics (PHSX 322) and Modern Physics (PHSX 343) and will be teaching Modern Physics and College Physics I (PHSX 205N) this fall. I am also an active member of the UM Professional Education Council that governs the teacher training cirriculum on campus.