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Jacquelyn Chini

Assistant Professor
University of Central Florida
United States of America


Dr. Chini received her PhD in Physics from Kansas State University in 2010. She joined UCF in 2011 where she has served in a number of roles, including the first Director of Learning Assistant Program. She began her current position as an Assistant Professor in 2015. Dr. Chini conducts research in physics education and is PI and co-PI on several NSF-funded projects. Additionally, she works with the APS PhysTEC and Bridge Programs at UCF. 

Research Interest

Studio-mode Introductory Physics Instructor, Algebra-based Studio Physics.


  • “Exploration of Factors that Affect the Comparative Effectiveness of Physical and Virtual Manipulatives in an Undergraduate Laboratory,” Jacquelyn J. Chini, Adrian Madsen, Elizabeth Gire, N. Sanjay Rebello and Sadhana Puntambekar, Physical Review Special Topics Physics Education Research 8, 010113 (2012)

  • “Learning from Avatars: Learning Assistants Practice Physics Pedagogy in a Classroom Simulator,” Jacquelyn J. Chini, Carrie L. Straub and Kevin H. Thomas, Physical Review Physics Education Research 12, 010117 (2016

  • “Quicker Method for Assessing Influences on Teaching Assistant Buy-in and Practices in Reformed Courses,” Matthew Wilcox, Yuehair Yang, and Jacquelyn J. Chini 2016.

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