My Curriculum Vitae

CURRICULUM VITAE

(updated January 2012)

 

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Full name: NGUYỄN ĐÔNG HẢI                     Gender: Male

Date of Birth: 11/23/1983                                      Place of Birth: Dong Nai, Vietnam

Office address: Department of Physics, Ho Chi Minh City University of Pedagogy

280 An Duong Vuong St., Ward 4, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Cell Phone: +84 1246 496 286

Email: donghai.ksu@gmail.com

 

EDUCATION

2011          PhD. Physics                               Kansas State University (KSU)

Research Area: Physics Education Research (PER)

Dissertation: Facilitating Students Problem Solving with Algebraic and Graphical Representations of Function in Introductory Physics

Advisor: Dr. N. Sanjay Rebello

 

2006          B.S. Physics                          Ho Chi Minh City University of Pedagogy

Thesis: Tomographic Imaging of Molecular Structure Using Ultrashort Laser Pulses

Advisor: Dr. Lê Văn Hoàng

 

EMPLOYMENT

06/2011 – current        Lecturer

Physics Education Research Group, Department of Physics, Ho Chi Minh City University of Pedagogy, Vietnam

11/2008 – 05/2011      Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant

Physics Education Research Group, Department of Physics, Kansas State University, USA

06/2008 – 10/2008      Graduate Research Assistant

Theoretical Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Group, Department of Physics, Kansas State University, USA

08/2007 – 05/2008      Graduate Teaching Assistant

Department of Physics, Kansas State University, USA

08/2006 – 06/2007      Teacher of Physics

The Practical High School – Ho Chi Minh City University of Pedagogy

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE (at Kansas State University)

Engineering Physics II                                                                      Fall 2010

  • One studio section, ~ 40 students, Engineering majors, 4 hours weekly
  • Calculus-based introductory physics, textbook Physics for Scientists and Engineers (Tipler & Mosca, 6th edition), covering electrostatics, circuits, magnetism, geometrical optics, physical optics.

Responsibilities:

  • Primary instructor, conducting integrated problem-solving and laboratory activities
  • Create and grade short quizzes in each studio session to evaluate students’ problem solving expertise
  • Supervise a secondary teaching assistant in helping students conduct experiments
  • Assist the major professor in making exams and other decisions about the class
  • Ranked in the top 30% best instructors at Kansas State University (based on Teaching Evaluation – TEVAL – result)

General Physics II                                                                 Spring 2010

  • Two recitations, ~ 40 students each, life sciences majors, 2 hours weekly.
  • Algebra-based introductory physics, textbook Physics with Application (Giancoli,
    6th edition), covering electrostatics, circuits, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, geometrical optics, physical optics, introduction to quantum mechanics, atomic and nuclear physics.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct recitation sessions to facilitate students’ problem solving expertise.
  • Facilitate students’ development of critical thinking and computation skills.
  • Design and grade students’ homework and quizzes.
  • Ranked in the top 10% best instructors at Kansas State University (based on TEVAL result)

Engineering Physics I                                                           Spring & Fall 2009

  • One studio section, ~ 40 students, Engineering majors, 4 hours weekly
  • Calculus-based introductory physics, textbook Fundamentals of Physics (Halliday, Resnick, and Walker, 7th edition), covering Newtonian mechanics, fluid properties, and thermodynamics.

Responsibilities:

  • Primary instructor, conducting integrated problem-solving and laboratory activities
  • Create and grade short quizzes in each studio session to evaluate students’ problem solving expertise
  • Supervise a secondary teaching assistant in helping students conduct experiments
  • Ranked in the top 30% best instructors at Kansas State University (based on TEVAL result)

General Physics I                                                              Fall 2007 & Spring 2008

  • 03 laboratory sections, ~ 30 students each, life sciences majors, 6 hours weekly.
  • Algebra-based introductory physics, textbook Physics with Application (Giancoli,
    6th edition), covering Newtonian mechanics, fluid properties, and thermodynamics.

Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate students’ learning of physics and experimental methods in science through experiments
  • Facilitate students’ development of measurement, data collection and analysis, estimation and error analysis skills
  • Grade students’ laboratory reports and exams.
  • Ranked in the top 50% best instructors at Kansas State University (based on TEVAL result)

 

RESEARCH

Facilitating students’ problem solving with problems involving graphical and algebraic representations of functions

The objectives of this project were to diagnose students’ difficulties with physics problems involving mathematical functions presented in graphical and algebraic representations and to create learning materials to help students overcome those difficulties. In phase 1 of the project, I interviewed several students on a wide range of physics problems in which parts of the information were given as mathematical functions presented in algebraic and graphical representations. The interviews in this phase provided insights into the difficulties students encountered when solving this type of problems. These findings constituted a research-based database for curriculum development. In phase 2 of the project, learning materials in form of problem-solving worksheets (tutorials) were created to target students’ difficulties revealed in phase 1. These tutorials were then implemented on hundreds of students and have proved to be effective in helping students learn the knowledge and skills necessary to solve physics problems with graphical and algebraic representations of functions. Results of this project have been published and presented at many professional conferences on physics education and science teaching in the United States.

Facilitating students’ learning of integration in physics problems with computer simulations

This is a joint project between the Physics Education Research Groups at Kansas State University (KSU) and University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign (UIUC). The objective of this research project is to evaluate the effectiveness of computer simulations in helping students’ learn about integration in physics problems. Results of this project will be published in the near future.

Tomographic imaging of molecular dynamics using ultra-short laser pulses

This is a very advanced topic of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical physics. Using ultra-short laser pulses (with pulse’s length at the sub femto-second order), physicists can now take a snapshot of the electron on its motion around the atom. This progress allows physicist to learn more about the dynamics of the electrons in the highest occupied molecular orbitals (HOMOs), especially when bonds are formed and broken during chemical reactions. I studied the fundamentals of the topic, including the properties of lasers and ultra-short laser pulses, and the mechanism of tomographic imaging of molecular dynamics.

 

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

  1. “Students’ Understanding and Application of Area Under the Curve in Physics Problems” – Dong-Hai Nguyen & N. Sanjay Rebello – Physical Review Special Topics – Physics Education Research 7, 010112 (2011).
  2. “Students’ Difficulties with Integration in Electricity” – Dong-Hai Nguyen & N. Sanjay Rebello – Physical Review Special Topics – Physics Education Research 7, 010113 (2011).
  3. “Students’ Difficulties with Multiple Representations in Introductory Mechanics” – Dong-Hai Nguyen & N. Sanjay Rebello – US-China Education Review, Vol. 8, No. 3 (2011), ISSN 1548-6613.
  4. “Tutorials to Facilitate Students’ Representational Skills for Problem Solving in Introductory College Physics” – Dong-Hai Nguyen, Elizabeth Gire, & N. Sanjay Rebello – Proceedings of the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), April 8-12, 2011, New Orleans, LA, USA.
  5. “Students’ Understanding of Integration in Graphical and Algebraic Representations of Mechanics Problems” – Dong-Hai Nguyen and N. Sanjay Rebello – Proceedings of the 2011 Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), April 2-6, 2011, Orlando, FL, USA.
  6. “Characterizing Students’ Use of Graphs in Introductory Physics with a Graphical Analysis Epistemic Game” – Elizabeth Gire, Dong-Hai Nguyen, and N. Sanjay Rebello – Proceedings of the 2011 Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), April 2-6, 2011, Orlando, FL, USA.
  7. “Teaching-Learning Interviews to Understand and Remediate Student Difficulties with Fourier Series Concepts” – Steven Warren, Jia Chen, N. Sanjay Rebello, Andrew Bennett, and Dong-Hai Nguyen – Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) – June 26-29, 2011, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
  8. “Students’ Difficulties in Transfer of Problem Solving Across Representations” –
    Dong-Hai Nguyen & N. Sanjay Rebello – AIP Conference Proceedings Vol. 1179 (2009), pp. 221 – 224, July 29-30, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.
  9. “Facilitating Students’ Problem Solving across Representations in Introductory Physics” – Dong-Hai Nguyen and N. Sanjay Rebello – Proceedings of the 2010 Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), March 17-21, 2010, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
  10. “Facilitating Strategies for Solving Work-Energy Problems in Graphical and Equational Representations” – Dong-Hai Nguyen, Elizabeth Gire, & N. Sanjay Rebello – AIP Conference Proceedings Vol. 1289, pp. 241 – 244, July 21-22, 2010, Portland, OR, USA.
  11. “Facilitating Students’ Problem Solving across Multiple Representations in Introductory Mechanics” (Invited Paper) – Dong-Hai Nguyen, Elizabeth Gire, & N. Sanjay Rebello – AIP Conference Proceedings Vol. 1289, pp. 45 – 48, July 21-22, 2010, Portland, OR, USA.

 

INVITED AND CONTRIBUTED TALKS AND POSTERS

  1. “Tutorials to Facilitate Students’ Learning of Integration in Physics” – Dong-Hai Nguyen, and N. Sanjay Rebello – Contributed Talk, presented at the Winter National Meeting of The American Association of Physics Teacher (AAPT), January 11, 2011, Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
  2. “Physics Education Research in Vietnam” – Dong-Hai Nguyen – Contributed Talk, presented at the Winter National Meeting of The American Association of Physics Teacher (AAPT), January 11, 2011, Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
  3. “Facilitating Problem Solving across Representations in Introductory Electricity and Magnetism” – Dong-Hai Nguyen, Elizabeth Gire, and N. Sanjay Rebello – Contributed Talk, presented at the Summer National Meeting of The American Association of Physics Teacher (AAPT), July 21, 2010, Portland, Oregon, USA.
  4. “Can Problem Solving in Physics Facilitate Conceptual Change in Mathematics?” – N. Sanjay Rebello, Elizabeth Gire, and Dong-Hai Nguyen – Invited Talk, presented at the Summer National Meeting of The American Association of Physics Teacher (AAPT), July 21, 2010, Portland, Oregon, USA.
  5. “Facilitating Students’ Problem Solving Across Multiple Representations in Introductory Mechanics” – Dong-Hai Nguyen, Elizabeth Gire, and N. Sanjay Rebello – Targeted Poster, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference (PERC), July 22-23, 2010, Portland, Oregon, USA.
  6. “Facilitating Strategies for Solving Work-Energy Problems in Graphical and Equational Representations” – Dong-Hai Nguyen, Elizabeth Gire, and N. Sanjay Rebello – Contributed Poster, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference (PERC), July 22-23, 2010, Portland, Oregon, USA.
  7. “Longitudinal Development of Students’ Representational Skills in Introductory Physics” – Dong-Hai Nguyen, Elizabeth Gire, and N. Sanjay Rebello – Contributed Poster, presented at the Summer National Meeting of The American Association of Physics Teacher (AAPT), July 21, 2010, Portland, Oregon, USA.
  8. “Thinking about Representational Fluency in Terms of Epistemic Games” – Elizabeth Gire, Dong-Hai Nguyen, and N. Sanjay Rebello – Contributed Poster, presented at the Summer National Meeting of The American Association of Physics Teacher (AAPT), July 21, 2010, Portland, Oregon, USA.
  9. “Facilitating Students’ Problem Solving with Graphs and Functions in Introductory Electromagnetism” – Dong-Hai Nguyen, Elizabeth Gire, and N. Sanjay Rebello – Contributed Talk, presented at the Annual Meeting of The Arkansas – Oklahoma – Kansas (A-O-K) Section of the American Association of Physics Teacher (AAPT), October 30, 2010, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
  10. “Investigating Students’ Transfer of Problem Solving Across Representations in Introductory Mechanics” – Dong-Hai Nguyen and N. Sanjay Rebello – Contributed Poster, presented at the K-State Research Forum, April 30, 2010, Manhattan, KS, USA.
  11. “Facilitating Students Transfer of Problem Solving in Introductory Mechanics” –
    Dong-Hai Nguyen and N. Sanjay Rebello – Contributed Talk, presented at the Annual Meeting of The Arkansas – Oklahoma – Kansas (A-O-K) Section of the American Association of Physics Teacher (AAPT), October 10, 2009, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
  12. “Individual Teaching – Learning Interviews to Facilitate Students Problem Solving” – Dong-Hai Nguyen and N. Sanjay Rebello – Contributed Talk, presented at the Summer National Meeting of The American Association of Physics Teacher (AAPT), July 27, 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
  13. “Students’ Performance on Problem-Solving Tasks in Teaching-Learning Interview” – Dong-Hai Nguyen and N. Sanjay Rebello – Contributed Poster, presented at the Summer National Meeting of The American Association of Physics Teacher (AAPT), July 27, 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
  14. “Facilitating Students’ Transfer of Problem Solving Skills Across Representations in Teaching-Learning Interviews” – Dong-Hai Nguyen and N. Sanjay Rebello – Contributed Poster, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference (PERC), July 27, 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

 

AWARDS

  • The 2nd Prize on the Multiple Choice Test Section and the 3rd Prize on the Experimental Section at the 9th National Olympiad of Physics for College Students, Hanoi, Vietnam, 2005.
  • 02 Certificates of Award from the Minister of Education and Training, 02 Certificates of Award from the Central Committee of the Communist Youth Organization, 02 Certificates of Award from the President of Ho Chi Minh City University of Pedagogy for the 2nd and 3rd prizes at the 9th National Olympiad of Physics for College Students, Hanoi, Vietnam, 2005.
  • The 1st Prize on the Qualitative Problem Solving Section and the 3rd Prize on the Experiment Section at the 8th National Olympiad of Physics for College Students, Hue, Vietnam, 2004.
  • Certificate of Award from the President of Ho Chi Minh City University of Pedagogy for Outstanding Academic Achievement.

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

  • American Physical Society (APS)
  • American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)
  • National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST)

 

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

  • President of the Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) at Kansas State University, from December 2009 to March 2011.
  • Present a talk on “Vietnam – the hidden charm” at the International Student Center, Kansas State University, October 23, 2009.
  • G.R.O.W. (Girls Researching Our World) Workshop Leader, Kansas State University, October 2, 2010.

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