Dean A. Zollman

University distinguished professor of physics

Dean A. ZollmanDean Zollman, University Distinguished Professor of physics at Kansas State University, has spent his career conducting research on student learning of physics and searching for new and exciting ways to teach physics in the classroom.

Zollman has used a variety of methods and practical applications to interest students, including using videos and CD-ROMs, as well as applying physics to situations they understand. He also has concentrated on providing materials to physics teachers, particularly those teachers whose background does not include a significant amount of physics. Because of his work, he has been recognized with many awards.

In 1995, Zollman received the Robert A. Millikan medal from the American Association of Physics Teachers for his notable and creative contributions to teaching physics. In 1996, he was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as the Professor of the Year -- Research and Doctoral Universities -- from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. He was named K-State's 1996 University Teaching Scholar Chair for his innovation and excellence in undergraduate teaching. In 1998, he was a Fulbright Fellow at the Leibniz Institute for Science Education at the University in Kiel, Germany, where he investigated student understanding of quantum physics. In 2004, he received the National Science Foundation Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars. He is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society. In was named the 2014 recipient of the Oersted Medal in recognition of his significant contributions to physics education research and mentoring of a generation of researchers.

Zollman received his bachelor's degree in 1964 and master's degree in 1965, both in physics from Indiana University, and his doctorate in 1970 from the University of Maryland in theoretical nuclear physics. He has been at K-State since 1970, serving as head of the department of physics from 2001-2011. He was named a University Distinguished Professor in 2001.

He is a member of many professional organizations including the American Physical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers and the National Association for Research and in Science Teaching.

Zollman can be contacted at 785-532-1619 or dzollman@k-state.edu.