Bixler New Head of ASU Physics Dept
April 02, 2012
An ASU faculty member since 1998, Bixler teaches astronomy, physics and physical science courses. He replaces previous department head Dr. Andy Wallace, who recently moved into a new position as dean of academic excellence.
As a researcher, Bixler’s primary interests are in atomic, molecular and optical physics, and he is a proponent of science education. He has been conducting grant-funded studies and teacher trainings at ASU since 1999, and has received funding through the Southwest Consortium for the Improvement of Mathematics and Science Teaching, the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, Texas Teacher Quality Grants, and ASU Technology Enhancement and Faculty Development grants, among others. He has authored numerous research articles, laboratory manuals and supplemental instructional materials, and made more than 30 research presentations at various professional conferences.
Also a strong believer in student research, Bixler has supervised more than 40 student research projects, all at the undergraduate level, in subjects ranging from advanced quantum physics and ultraviolet photography to photon emissions, electronic systems and mathematical functions, among many others. Many of his mentored students have gone on to present their research findings at professional conferences and showcases. He is also a faculty co-advisor for the ASU chapter of the Sigma Pi Sigma physics national honor society.
Outside the classroom and laboratory, Bixler is a member of several campus committees within the ASU College of Arts and Sciences, and he is the campus laser safety officer. His professional affiliations include membership in the American Association of Physics Teachers, Texas Association of College Teachers and Texas Academy of Science. He chaired the Physics Section of the Texas Academy of Science from 2001-02 and 2003-08.
Bixler holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from Tarleton State University, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in physics from Rice University.