Tatiana Erukhimova

Instructional Professor
Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence
Marsha L. ’69 and Ralph F. Schilling ’68 Chair


Outreach and Service


Current Activites

I have been teaching calculus-based introductory physics classes, Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism, since 2006. I like what I teach and try to share my excitement with the students. Despite the growing size of the classes, "I never teach a class, I teach a student". My favorite quote from students' evaluations is "I can't help but see physics everywhere I go now. It's pretty neat".

I am also an organizer of the annual Physics and Engineering Festival attended by thousands of people from all over Texas and other states. The Festival is an Affiliate Festival to the USA Science & Engineering Festival and a member of the Science Festivals Alliance.

Since 2007 I have been running the Physics Show. Over 28,000 people have attended my Shows on campus, at local schools, summer camps, and College of Science and University-wide outreach and recruitment events.

In 2012 together with Ed Fry, I started an innovative program DEEP (Discover, Explore, and Enjoy Physics & Engineering) funded from a Tier One Program grant from Texas A&M University. An outstanding team of DEEP mentors (grad students) works with undergraduate students on research, concept, design, and fabrication of science demonstration experiments. The program enhances undergraduate and graduate students learning and research experiences by incorporating active learning, service-oriented learning, and teamwork activities.

I am a co-organizer (together with Bhaskar Dutta (director) and Alexey Belyanin) of the Mitchell Institute Physics Enhancement Program (MIPEP) for high-school physics teachers.

Other activities include being an organizer/presenter at the Graduate Student Professional Development in Teaching seminar series, the Physics camp for the Youth Adventure Program, and physics coordinator for the Chemistry Open House and Science Exploration Gallery.

Grants to support pedagogical or curricular innovation

Principal Investigator, “The Role of Co-curricular Service and Outreach Activities on Persistence and Success for Undergraduate Physics Students", NSF, 2022-2025, $184,742

Faculty Lead, “Digital Design for Student Success (D2S2), THECB, 2022, $200,000", TAMU, 2021, $20,000

Principal Investigator, “Creating Physics Concept Videos", TAMU, 2021, $20,000

Principal Investigator, “STEM Student Integration and Identity through Discipline-based Outreach Activities”, TAMU, 2020, $5,000

Principal Investigator, “Online Video Resource for Recitations in the Introductory Electricity & Magnetism class”, TAMU, 2018-current, $10,000

Principal Investigator, Student Success Faculty Fellow: "Early Intervention and Engagement in Freshman Physics Classes", TAMU, 2017-2018, $10,000

Principal Investigator (with William Bassichis): "Calculus Based Physics Courses Enhanced with Technology", TAMU, 2016 - 2017, $75,000

Principal Investigator: American Physical Society Outreach grant, 2015-2016: $10,000

Principal Investigator: Simons Foundation/Science Festival Alliance Just Add Science grant, 2015-2016, $10,000

Principal Investigator: Tier One Program grant 2012-2015: $300,000. Title: "DEEP: Discover, Explore, and Enjoy Physics & Engineering via High Impact Educational Experiences in Aggieland and Beyond"

Service-Learning Faculty Fellow for 2013: $2,500.

Flipping your course for 2013-2014: $2,000

Selected Publications

Jessi Randolph, Jonathan Perry, Jonan Phillip Donaldson, Callie Rethman, and Tatiana Erukhimova, Female physics students gain from facilitating informal physics programs, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 18, 020123 (2022). https://journals.aps.org/prper/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.020123

Callie Rethman, Jonathan Perry, Jonan Phillip Donaldson, Daniel Choi, and Tatiana Erukhimova, Impact of informal physics programs on university student development: Creating a physicist, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 17, 020110 (2021). https://journals.aps.org/prper/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.17.020110

Matthew Dew, Jonathan Perry, Lewis Ford, William Bassichis, and Tatiana Erukhimova, Gendered Performance Differences in Introductory Physics: A Study from a Large Land-Grant University, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 17, 010106 (2021). https://journals.aps.org/prper/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.17.010106

Matthew Dew, Jonathan Perry, Lewis Ford, Dawson Nodurft, and Tatiana Erukhimova, Student Responses to Changes in Introductory Physics Learning due to COVID-19 Pandemic, The Physics Teacher, 59(3), 162--165, Mar 2021; https://doi.org/10.1119/5.0027816

A. Ozmetin, M. Dew, T. Erukhimova, and J. Perry, Does Instructor Gender Matter for Student Performance in Introductory Physics?, 2021 PERC Proceedings [Virtual Conference, August 4-5, 2021], edited by M. B. Bennett, B. W. Frank, and R. E. Vieyra, https://doi.org/10.1119/perc.2021.pr.Ozmetin

J. Perry, J. P. Donaldson, and T. Erukhimova, Comparing the impact of informal physics program on undergraduate versus graduate student facilitators, 2021 PERC Proceedings [Virtual Conference, August 4-5, 2021], edited by M. B. Bennett, B. W. Frank, and R. E. Vieyra, https://doi.org/10.1119/perc.2021.pr.Perry.

J. Randolph, E. Hay, C. Rethman, T. Erukhimova, J. P. Donaldson, and J. Perry, Impact of informal physics programs on female university students, 2021 PERC Proceedings [Virtual Conference, August 4-5, 2021], edited by M. B. Bennett, B. W. Frank, and R. E. Vieyra, https://doi.org/10.1119/perc.2021.pr.Randolph.

Jonathan D. Perry, Tatiana L. Erukhimova, and William H. Bassichis, 2019: New video resource for calculus-based introductory physics, design and assessment. I. Electricity and magnetism, American Journal of Physics 87, 335 (2019); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.5095140 


Gerald R. North and Tatiana L. Erukhimova, "Atmospheric Thermodynamics. Elementary Physics and Chemistry". Cambridge University Press, 2009

Publications in journals & proceedings

Selected Presentations