Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

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David B. Slavsky, PhD

Title/s: Associate Director, Institute of Environmental Sustainability
Director, Loyola Core Curriculum Associate Professor, Department of Physics

Specialty Area: Science and Math Education

Office #: BVM Hall 310

Phone: 773.508.8352

E-mail: dslavsk@luc.edu


The Associate Director of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability and the Director of the Loyola Core Curriculum, David Slavsky has been a Loyolan since 1982. A faculty member in the Physics Department, his recent efforts have been focused on science education on both the undergraduate and pre-college levels. From 2002-2013 he was the founding Director of Loyola’s Center for Science and Math Education. In this role was the principal investigator (PI) on over a dozen grants from local, state and federal agencies as well as from corporations and foundations. He was co-PI on a 3 year American Astronomical Society project to train K-12 teachers as astronomy teacher resource agent, has worked with the National Faculty's Delta Project, and given numerous lectures at the Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry and Adler Planetarium. He is currently PI on 9 grants involving science and math education, most of them involving close cooperation with the Office of Math and Science of Chicago Public Schools.

He served in the Dean's Office of the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office between 1992 and 2006. In that time, he served as Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Associate and Senior Associate Dean of the College, Pre-Health Advisor, and in 2001–2002 was the Acting Dean of the College.

He received his Sc.B in space sciences from Brown University, his M.S. in applied physics from Harvard, and his PhD in astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin.

He has published in the area of stellar and planetary atmospheres and science education

Courses Taught

Physics 301/Math 355

  • For physics and math majors
  • Text (Required): Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences by Boas

Physics 328

  • For advanced physics majors
  • Text (Required): Thermal Physics by Schroeder

Physics 380

  • Astrophysics.
  • A 3-hour elective for upper level physics majors
  • Text (Required): An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics, 2nd edition, by Carroll and Ostlie

Physics 478

  • Endorsement course for CPS teachers in Area 10

Natural Science 395

  • For undergraduates in the School of Education

Natural Science 105

  • For undergraduates in the School of Education

Physics 473

  • The physics of energy

Physics 477

  • For inservice middle school teachers

Physics 412

  • For teacher participants in the CPS Physics endorsement program