Theodore Dezen, PhD

Theodore Dezen
Phone: (619) 260-7682
Fax: (619)260-6874
Office: Shiley Ctr for Science & Techn 283

Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D., UC Santa Barbara

Dr. Dezen joined USD in 2015

Scholarly Work

My work focuses on high-energy astrophysical phenomena such as black hole X-ray binaries, active galactic nuclei and gamma ray bursts. These systems emit significant radiation in the X-ray and gamma ray regimes, and are arguably the brightest sources in the universe. I am also interested in the interplay between particle physics and astrophysics, particularly in the context of high-energy explosions.
I also study how to effectively teach physics both in terms of instructional methodology and overall curriculum design. My recent work in science education research concerns ways to help physical sciences students negotiate the daunting and sometimes overwhelming transition from lower to upper-division classes.

Areas of Interest

I have taught across the typical undergraduate physics curriculum. I aim to create a comfortable environment where I mentor students to achieve high standards, and become effective and self-sufficient learners. To this end, I leverage modern, research-informed pedagogies that foster active participation. Moreover, I have a long-term interest in curriculum development for both general education courses and upper-division offerings.