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Eric Brewe, Drexel Associate Professor of Physics and Science Education

Eric Brewe, PhD

Associate Dean of Graduate Education
Professor of Physics and Science Education
Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum
Department of Physics
Office: Disque Hall, #918
Phone: 215.895.2779

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  • PhD, Physics Education Research, Arizona State University, 2001
  • MS, Physics, Arizona State University, 1998
  • BA, Physics, DePauw University, 1996

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

  • Physics Education Research (PER)
  • Introductory Physics Course Transformation
  • Social Network Analysis
  • ocial dimensions of learning
  • Quantitative/Computational methods in PER


Dr. Eric Brewe is a Professor in Physics and Science Education at Drexel University. His research into the teaching and learning of physics at the university level includes developing curriculum for the Modeling Instruction course, leading inquiries into the role of Modeling Instruction in promoting student learning, participation, retention and persistence, enhanced attitudes toward science and equity. This research has led to describing the role of participation in learning using primarily quantitative measures including the use of Network Analyses, and recently applications of machine learning and natural language processing.

In addition to research on postsecondary physics, Dr. Brewe has been involved in preparing future physics teachers through Modeling Workshops, and as co-editor of the PhysTEC sponsored book, Recruiting and Educating Future Physics Teachers: Case Studies and Effective Practices. Dr. Brewe helped to found the American Physical Society’s Topical Group on Physics Education Research (GPER) and served as the founding Chair of GPER. He recently co-edited the Focused Collection on Gender in Physics published by Physical Review – Physics Education Research, served on the editorial board for Physical Review – PER and currently serves as Chair for the APS Forum on Education. Dr. Brewe was chosen as a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2019.