Education: BS, University of Puget Sound, 1994; MS, Montana State University, 1996; PhD, University of Washington, 2001. At SPU since 2001.
Lane Seeley earned his doctorate in experimental condensed matter physics, focusing on testing microscopic and mesoscopic models for phase changes in the nucleation of ice from liquid water.
Since joining the faculty at Seattle Pacific University in 2001, Dr. Seeley has worked closely with colleagues to build a close-knit Physics Department that is primarily focused on student learning.
He has worked with departmental colleagues on several grant funded projects aimed at supporting K–12 physics and physical science teachers, and he has played an active role in the development of web-based diagnostic tools for physical science teachers.
Most recently, Dr. Seeley has been a lead researcher on the SPU Energy Project, a research effort aimed at studying and supporting energy learning among K–12 teachers. His current research interests include building bridges between the energy we learn about and the energy we care about; studying growth in learner’s ability and disposition to use a rigorous energy model creatively and flexibly; and understanding some of the real and perceived obstacles to student-centered science instruction.
- Assessing for shifts in learner’s energy reasoning strategies, L. Seeley, 2013 Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings, P.V. Englehardt, A.D. Churukian, and D.L. Jones (Eds.), AIP Conf. Proc. , pp. 337–40 (2014)
- Constructing a sustainable foundation for thinking and learning about energy in the 21st century. L. Seeley, S. Vokos, and J. Minstrell, Seattle Pacific University, Teaching and Learning of Energy in K–12 Education, R.F. Chen, A. Eisenkraft, D. Fortus, J. Krajcik, K. Neumann, J. Nordine, and A. Schef (Eds.), pp. 337–56, Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014.
- Seattle Pacific University: Nurturing Physics Teachers at a Small Liberal-Arts School, E. W. Close, L.H. Seeley, A. D. Robertson, L. S. DeWater, and H.G. Close, Submitted for publication in Effective Practices in Preservice Physics Teacher Education: Recruitment, Retention, and Preparation. AIP (Anticipated 2015).
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