Sarah Johnson

Interim Director, January - May 2021

Teaching and Learning Development Grants workshop facilitator and proposal coach
(Spring 2019 - current)



Sarah's Bio: Sarah D. Johnson is a University Lecturer in the Department of Physics at Simon Fraser University. She began working at SFU in 2005, after spending 11 years teaching undergraduate physics at three different universities in the USA. Sarah earned a B.S. in Physics from SUNY Albany in 1986 and an M.A. (1988) and Ph.D. (1993) in experimental particle physics from the University of Rochester. Sarah has contributed to the physics curriculum at SFU in numerous ways, including the development of innovative Studio Physics courses, the introduction of active tutorials in large first-year classes, and the incorporation of recent advancements in Physics Education Research. She has also led several initiatives to support student learning outside of class, including the creation of a Science & Math Peer Tutoring program.

Sarah has been active in the physics teaching community throughout her career as a member of the Southern California and British Columbia Association of Physics Teachers executive committees. In addition, she has made contributions at a national level, including being chair of the AAPT Nominating Committee. Sarah is especially passionate about introducing physics to the public and encouraging more young women to study physics via outreach initiatives she has created, including the Girls Exploring Physics program and the yearly Science Spooktacular event. Sarah has been recognized for her contributions to education and outreach with the Faculty of Science Excellence in Teaching Award (2012), the SFU Excellence in Outreach and Public Engagement Award (2017) and the CAP Medal for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics (2018).

When she is not teaching, Sarah likes to spend time with her husband Mark, their two grown sons and their two cats.