William Leonard

Lecturer
Director of Transfer Affairs

8 Marcus Hall
University of Massachusetts
100 Natural Resources Rd
Amherst MA 01003-9292 

Phone: 
(413) 545-3513
Education: 

B.S., Physics, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1982; Ph.D., 1988 

Research Interests: 

Engineering education, rate of learning models, expert-novice differences, alternative assessments, Mastery learning, transfer 

Selected Publications: 
  • W.J. Leonard, J.C. Kelly, & W.J. Gerace.  "Work in Progress: Implementation and Research of Mastery Learning at an HBCU."  Proceedings of the 40th Annual ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (2010, accepted).
     
  • W.J. Leonard & W.J. Gerace.  "Work in Progress: Application of Mastery Learning in an Introductory Mathematical Physics Course."  Proceedings of the 40th Annual ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (2010, accepted).
     
  • W.J. Leonard, W.J. Gerace, & C.V. Hollot.  "Work In Progress: Implications of the Mastery approach for rates of learning and assessment."  In D. Budny [Ed.], Proceedings of the 38th Annual ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (pp. S4A:3-4). Piscataway, NJ: IEEE  (2008).
     
  • W.J. Leonard, C.V. Hollot, & W.J. Gerace.  "Mastering Circuit Analysis: An innovative approach to a foundational sequence."  In D. Budny [Ed.], Proceedings of the 38th Annual ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (pp. F2H:3-8).  Piscataway, NJ: IEEE (2008).
     
  • B. Leonard.  "Minds•On Physics: Redefining physics instruction."  In L. Woolf [Ed.], American Physical Society Forum on Education Summer 2007 Newsletter (pp. 24-25).  College Park, MD:APS (2007).
     
  • I.D. Beatty, W.J. Gerace, W.J. Leonard, & R.J. Dufresne.  "Designing effective classroom response system questions."  American Journal of Physics 74 (1), 31-39 (2006).
     
  • I.D. Beatty, W.J. Leonard, W.J. Gerace, & R.J. Dufresne.  "Teaching science (well) with an audience response system."  In D.A. Banks [Ed.], Audience Response Systems in Higher Education: Applications and Cases (pp. 96-115).  Hershey, PA: Idea Group (2006).
     
  • T.C. Thaden-Koch, J.P. Mestre, R.J. Dufresne, W.J. Gerace & W.J. Leonard.  "When Transfer Fails: Effect of knowledge, expectations, and observations on transfer in physics."  In J.P. Mestre [Ed.], Transfer of Learning: Research and Perspectives (pp. 155-215).  Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing (2005).
     
  • W.J. Leonard, W.J. Gerace & R.J. Dufresne.  "Resolutión de Problemas Basada en el Análisis.Hacer del análisis y del razonamiento el foco de la enseñanza de la física [Analysis-Based Problem Solving: Making analysis and reasoning the focus of physics instruction]."  Enseñanza de las Ciencias [Science Teaching] 20 (3): 387-400 (2002).
     
  • R.J. Dufresne, W.J. Leonard & W.J. Gerace.  "Making sense of students’ answers to multiple-choice questions."  The Physics Teacher 40 (3): 174-180 (2002).
     
  • W.J. Leonard, W.J. Gerace & R.J. Dufresne.  "Questions First (Q1st): The challenges, benefits, drawbacks, and results of asking students questions prior to formal instruction."  In S. Franklin, J. Marx & K. Cummings [Eds.], Proceedings of the 2001 Physics Education Research Conference (pp.41-44).  Rochester, NY: PERC Publishing (2001).
     
  • W.J. Leonard.  "Dragging a box: The representation of constraints and the constraint of representations."  The Physics Teacher 39 (7): 412-414 (2001).
     
  • R.J. Dufresne, W.J. Gerace & W.J. Leonard.  "Springbok: The physics of jumping."  The Physics Teacher 39 (2): 109-115 (2001).
Society Memberships: 

American Association of Physics Teachers. American Physical Society. American Society of Engineering Education. National Council of Mathematics Teachers National Science Teachers Association 

Honors & Awards: 

IEEE/ASEE Frontiers in Education Conference Benjamin J. Dasher Award (with C.V. Hollot & W.J. Gerace, 2009); MERLOT Award for Exemplary Online Learning Resources (with I.D. Beatty and R.J. Dufresne, 2009). UMass College of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award (2009).  UMass Distinguished Teaching Award (graduate student category, 1995)