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A longtime university-level physics teacher, Christopher “Kris” Jargocki produced many scholarly works, some emphasizing the benefits of incorporating paradoxes, semi-quantitative problems and critical thinking into the physics education experience. This, he said, would help students end up with higher scores on standard problems while also creating more enthusiasm about subjects.
Jargocki had an opportunity to incorporate this teaching philosophy into his own work as a faculty member at UCM. He came to campus in 1991 after serving as a lecturer and visiting assistant professor of physics at Northeastern University in Boston for 10 years, and spending three years as a summer teaching and research assistant while working on his doctorate at the University of California-Irvine. Before he entered the university teaching arena, Jardocki spent 12 years in California working as a scientific programmer and systems analyst in the aerospace industry.
Jargocki taught more than a dozen different classes in the physics area, including Science and Religion: From Conflict to Dialog, an award-winning course that was offered for the first time in the fall of 1999. The John Templeton Foundation awarded the course creator $10,000, which he split with the university after his entry was honored in the 1996 worldwide Science and Religion Course Competition.
In addition to founding and directing the Center for Cooperative Phenomena, hosted by the Department of Physics, Jargocki received numerous grants over the years, and authored or co-wrote at least four different books. His co-authored work, “Mad About Physics,” was selected by the New York Public Library as one of the best books of the year in 2001 and was translated into eight langauges.
Jargocki’s education includes study at the University of Warsaw in Poland, and a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of California, Los Angeles.