Faculty & Staff Profiles

Papers and Presentations—Laura McCullough

My Publications


McCullough, L. (2012). Hey, you got science in my fiction! Essay in Chicks Unravel Time, D. Stanish and L. M. Myles (Eds). Mad Norwegian Press: Des Moines, IA.

McCullough, L. (2012). Women in College Physics Classes: Does Gendered Context Affect Performance on Tests? In Advancing the STEM Agenda, C. P. Veenstra, F. F. Padró, and J. A. Furst-Bowe, (Eds). ASQ Quality Press: Milwaukee, WI.

McCullough, L. (2011). Women's Leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics: Barriers to Participation. Forum on Public Policy Online, Vol 2011 no 2. (August 2011). http://forumonpublicpolicy.com/vol2011.no2/papers2011vol2.html This paper was presented at the March 2011 Oxford Round Table on Women in the Academy: Progress and Prospects.

McCullough, L. (2011). Nibbled to Death by Ducks. Academic Leader 27(8), 7-8. (August 2011.) This short article describes a tool I used as a department chair to help reduce my stress. (Republished as a blog post by Academic Leader August 2012.)

McCullough, L. (2011). Gender Differences in Student Responses to Physics Conceptual Questions Based on Question Context. ASQ STEM Agenda Conference Proceedings. July 19-20, 2011, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI.

McCullough, L. (2006). Science News in the Science Classroom. Journal of College Science Teaching 36(3), 30-33.

Whitten, B., Foster, S., Duncombe, M., Allen, P., Heron, P., McCullough, L., Shaw, K., Taylor, B., Zorn, H., (2004). “Like a family”: What works to create friendly and respectful student-faculty interactions. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering. 10(3), 229-242.

McCullough, L. (2004). Gender, Context and Assessment. Journal of International Women's Studies 5(4). Special Issue: Women in Science. This paper presents data on the female-stereotyped FCI I developed.

McCullough, L. & Krieger, A. (2004). A Census of the Physics Education Research Community. (Report)

Whitten, B.L., S. R. Foster, M. L. Duncombe, P. E. Allen, P. R. L. Heron, H. M. Zorn, L. McCullough, K. A. Shaw, B. A. P Taylor (2003). What Works? Increasing the participation of women in undergraduate physics. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering 9(3/4) 239-258.

McCullough, L. (2003). Letter to the Editor, Physics Today, 56(7), 17. Letter describing short research project on gender in Physics Today photographs.

MacIsaac, D., Cole, R., Cole,D., McCullough, L., and Maxka, J. (2002). Standardized Testing in Physics via the World Wide Web. Electronic Journal of Science Education 6(3) March 2002

McCullough, L. (2002). “Gender, Math, and the FCI.” Proceedings of the 2002 Physics Education Research Conference. S. Franklin, J. Marx, & K. Cummings, Eds. Rochester NY.

McCullough, L. (2002). Women in Physics: A Review. The Physics Teacher 40(2) February 2002

McCullough, L. (2001). A Pipeline in Need of Patching: The Steady Drain of Female Potential from Physics. March 2001 Newsletter of the National Society of Black Physicists

McCullough, L. & Meltzer, D. (2001). “Differences in male/female response patterns on alternative-format versions of FCI items.” Proceedings of the 2001 Physics Education Research Conference. pp.103-106. S. Franklin, J. Marx, & K. Cummings, Eds. Rochester NY.

My Dissertation


The Effects of Introducing Computers into an Introductory Physics Problem-Solving Laboratory

University of Minnesota, 2000

My Presentations (selected talks, in progress)


Soft Skills, Hard Science: A Program to Improve Job Placement for STEM Graduates with Disabilities; presentation at UW-System Women & Science conference May 2013

Supporting PER as a Department Chair; poster at AAPT meeting in New Orleans, January 2013; poster (ppt, pdf), paper (pdf)

Gender Differences in Student Responses to Physics Conceptual Questions Based on Question Context; presentation at ASQ STEM Agenda conference, UW-Stout, July 2011

Women's Leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics: Barriers to Participation; presentation at Oxford Round Table in Oxford, England, March 2011

Gender in PER: A Retrospective; invited talk at AAPT meeting in Jacksonville, Florida, January 2011

The Current Status of Women in Physics; presentation at October 2010 WAPT/MN-AAPT meeting in River Falls, WI

The Current Status of Women in Physics; invited talk at AAPT meeting in Ann Arbor, Michigan, July 2009

Research Supporting Best Practices for Women in Science; presentation at UW-System Women & Science Spring Conference, Wisconsin Dells, May 2009

Science News in the Physics Classroom: What Do Students Choose to Read? Poster presented at AAPT meeting in Chicago, IL, February 2009


Science news and the science classroom; presentation at Wisconsin Association of Physics Teachers meeting, Chippewa Falls, WI, October 2008

What science topics do women and men choose to read and write about? presentation at UW-System Women & Science Spring Conference, Wisconsin Dells, May 2008


Effects of Students’ Backgrounds and Experiences on Science Learning; workshop presentation at UW-System Women & Science Opening Workshop, November 2007

Context, Gender, and Physics Questions; poster presentation at AAPT meeting in Greensboro, NC, August 2007

Cannonballs and Baby’s Bowls: How Context and Gender Affect Physics Tests; seminar presentation at Minnesota State University Mankato, April 2007 and ISAAPT April 2007

The Background of PER people: A survey; presentation at AAPT meeting in Seattle, WA, January 2007


Gender in Science and Math Education; seminar presentation at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, October 2006

An insider’s look at the PER community; poster presentation at AAPT meeting Syracuse, NY, August 2006

Creating Gender-Neutral Problems; workshop presentation at Bangor, ME, June 2006

Promoting Women’s Participation in Physics; presentation at MAAPT in St. Paul, MN, April 2006

Interactive Pedagogy and Physics; presentation at UMN in March 2006

Static or Dynamic? The Current Status of Women in Physics; invited presentation at AAPT in Anchorage, AL, January 2006


Women in Science and Testing; or, Why Does Context Matter? seminar presentation at Trinity University, San Antonio, TX, March 2005

Gender Interactions with the Force Concept Inventory; invited presentation at AAPT meeting in Sacramento, CA, August 2005


Gender, Context, and Assessment; presentation at Curriculum Reform Institute, Oshkosh, WI, June 2004

Listening to Women in Physics Education; presentation at UW-System Women & Science Spring Conference, Wisconsin Dells, May 2004

Educational Goals and Gender at the College Level; presentation at AAPT meeting in Miami Beach, FL, January 2004


The FCI and Non-physics Students; presentation at AAPT meeting in Madison, WI, August 2003

Historical Methods and Gender in Science Education; presentation at PER conference in Madison, WI, August 2003

Context and Gender in Science Assessment; seminar presentation at UMN-TC, July 2003

Gender and Science Learning; presentation at Curriculum Reform Institute, Oshkosh, WI, June 2003

Context, Gender, and Assessment: A Research Project; presentation at UW-System Women & Science Spring Conference, Wisconsin Dells, May 2003

Gender Issues in Physics; seminar presentation at UMN-TC, April 2003


The FCI and Context: Gender and Non-Physics Students; presentation at AAPT meeting in Boise, ID, August 2002

Gender, Math, and the FCI; presentation at PER conference in Boise, ID, August 2002

Gender and Science Education; presentation at UW-Oshkosh, June 2002

The Missing Women: Physics and Gender; seminar presentation at the Ohio State University, May 2002 and Slippery Rock University April 2002 and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville November 2001 (very similar talks)

Gender, Educational Reform, and Instructional Assessment: Part I; presentation at AAPT meeting in Philadelphia, PA, January 2002


Gender, Context, and the Force Concept Inventory: Further Studies; presentation at AAPT meeting in Rochester, NY, July 2001

Does Learning Come in Pink and Blue? Gender and Learning; presentation at PER conference in Rochester, NY, July 2001

A Gender Context for the Force Concept Inventory; presentation at AAPT meeting in San Diego, CA, January 2001


Gender Differences on Multiple-Choice Conceptual Tests; invited presentation at AAPT meeting in Phoenix, AZ, January 1997

For copies of the presentations or papers, please email me at mcculloughl@uwstout.edu. I will work on getting copies of talks posted here.