Andrew Mason, PhD

Associate Professor

LSC 167

(501) 852-0050


Preparatory Background:

B.S., Physics, SUNY Buffalo, 2004

M.S., Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh, 2005

Ph.D., Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh, 2009

Concentration: Physics education research (PER)

2009-2011: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities



–       American Association of Physics Teachers

–       American Physical Society

–       Phi Beta Kappa


Research Interests:

The main topic of my research thus far has been experimental investigation of physics problem solving and curricular implementation of PER. Specific current interests include classroom implementation of physics problem solving skills, upper-level physics problem solving, reflection and self-diagnosis of solution errors in paired problems, and development of computer coaches designed to teach an expert-like problem solving framework for introductory mechanics.


Selected Recent Publications:

“Helping students learn effective problem solving strategies by reflecting with peers.” A. Mason, C. Singh.  Am. J. Phys. 78(7), 748 (2010).

“Do advanced physics students learn from their mistakes without explicit intervention?” A. Mason, C. Singh.  Am. J. Phys. 78(7), 760 (2010).

“Surveying graduate students’ attitudes and approaches to problem solving.” A. Mason, C. Singh. Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 6, 020124 (2010).

“Self-Diagnosis, Scaffolding and Transfer: A Tale of Two Problems.” A. Mason, E.Cohen, C. Singh, E. Yerushalmi.  AIP Conf. Proc. 1179, 27 (2009).