Education: Education: BSc, Theoretical Physics, University of Kent, Canterbury, 1984; MA, Physics, University of California, Berkeley, 1985; PhD, Physics, University of California, Berkeley, 1990. At SPU since 2002.
Stamatis Vokos is a professor in the Seattle Pacific University Physics Department and directs the Physics Education Research Group at SPU. Previously, he served as an associate professor at SPU. Dr. Vokos has also held positions at the University of Cyprus, the University of Washington, and at the Argonne National Lab and Lawrence Berkeley Lab. Dr. Vokos’ research focuses on the improvement of the teaching and learning of physics from K-20, including teaching energy and support for effective K-12 curricula and formative assessment practices.
Dr. Vokos is chair of the National Task Force on Teacher Education in Physics (T-TEP). He has also served on the editorial board for Effective Practices in Preservice Physics Teacher Education; Teacher Education in Physics: Research, Curriculum, and Practice; Physical Review Special Topics: Physics Education Research; and was twice the co-editor of theme issues for the American Journal of Physics.
Currently, he is a co-leader of the provost’s Academic Innovation Initiative. In 2015, he was a finalist for Teacher of the Year at Seattle Pacific. Selected Publications A. R. Daane, S. Vokos, and R. E. Scherr, “Learner Understanding of Energy Degradation,” in 2013 Physics Education Research Conference, edited by P.V. Englehardt, A.D. Churukian, and D. L. Jones. (AIP, Portland, OR 2013 (accepted)) R. E. Scherr, A. D. Robertson, L. Seeley, and S. Vokos, “Content knowledge for teaching energy: An example from middle-school physical science”, in 2012 Physics Education Research Conference, edited by P. V. Englehardt, A. D. Churukian, and D. L. Jones (AIP, Portland, OR, 2013 (accepted)). R. E. Scherr, H. G. Close, E. W. Close, V. J. Flood, S. B. McKagan, A. D. Robertson, L. Seeley, M. C. Wittmann, and S. Vokos, “Negotiating energy dynamics through embodied action in a materially structured environment,” Physical Review – Special Topics: Physics Education Research 9 (2), 020105 020101-020118 (2013). A.R. Daane, S. Vokos, and R.E. Scherr, “Conserving energy in physics and society: Creating an integrated model of energy and the second law of thermodynamics,” AIP Conf. Proc. 1513, 114 (2013); doi: 10.1063/1.4789665 R.E. Scherr, H.G. Close, E.W. Close, and S. Vokos, “Representing energy. II. Energy tracking representations,” Physical Review–Special Topics: Physics