Vita of Cyrill Slezak

Cyrill Slezak   Phone: (801) 863-6205
Utah Valley University  FAX: (801) 863-8064
Department of Physics   CSlezak at uvu.edu
800 W University Pkwy.  http://cyrill.slezak.co.at
Orem, UT 84058  


Ph. D., August 2006
Advisor: Prof. Mark Jarrell
Thesis - Methods for Correlated Electron Systems
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH

Master of Science, December 2000
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH

Batchelor of Arts, May 1998
Adams State College, Alamosa CO
Majors: Physics, Music performance
Minor: Mathematics


Professional Experience:

Assistant Professor, Aug. 2013 - present
Utah Valley University, Orem, UT

Adjunct Faculty, May. 2009 - present
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

Visiting Assistant Professor, Aug. 2012 - May 2013
Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA

Assistant Professor, Sept. 2006 - May 2012
Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI

Adjunct Faculty, May. 2009 - present
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

Visiting Assistant Professor, Sept. 2005 - Aug. 2006
in Physics Education
University of Cincinnati, Physics, Cincinnati, OH

Reserach Assistant, Sept. 2003 - Aug. 2005
Oak Ridge National Labratories( ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN
in conjunction with the University of Cincinnati
under supervision of Dr. Thomas Maier

Instructor Physical Science by Inquiry for Teachers, Summer 2003
under Prof. Robert Endorf
University of Cincinnati, Physics, Cincinnati OH

Scientific Employee, Jan. 2002 - June 2002
Universität Augsburg, Germay

Teaching Assistant, Sept. 1998 - Dec. 2001 and August 2002 - June 2003
University of Cincinnati, Physics, Cincinnati OH


Courses Taught:


Physics by Inquiry
MNS program at Louisiana State University

Co-Instructor, MNS program at Louisiana State University

Science Education
MNS program at Louisiana State University


Condensed Matter Physics
Lectures, Hillsdale College

Quantum Mechanics II
Lectures, Hillsdale College

Lectures, Hillsdale College

Modern Physics
Lectures, Hillsdale College

Introduction to Computational Physics
Lectures, Hillsdale College

Science Education
Lectures, Hillsdale College

The Teaching of Secondary Physics
Physics education survey for pre-service teachers, Hillsdale College

General Physics - Calculus Based
Recitations - Problem and Inquiry based, University of Cincinnati
Laboratories, University of Cincinnati

Honors Physics - Calculus/Mathematica Based
Laboratories, University of Cincinnati

Recitations, University of Cincinnati

Physical Science by Inquiry for Inservice Teachers
Assistant, University of Cincinnati

College Physics - Algebra Based
Recitations - Inquiry based, University of Cincinnati
Laboratories, University of Cincinnati
Laboratories, Hillsdale College

Physics of Sound and Music
GLectures, Hillsdale College

Physical Science
Lectures, Hillsdale College


Computer Skills:

Programming Languages - Fortran-77, Fortran-90, C, C++, PERL, CGI, Mathematica, LATEX, HTML, CSS

Programming Libraries - LAPACK, BLAS, MPI

Platforms - Windows, MAC, Unix and SUN workstations, IBM SP, Beowulf Linux cluster, Itanium 2 cluster


Laboratory Skills:

Laboratory Interfaces - Microcomputer-based laboratory interfaces from PASCO and Vernier with a large variety of probes and detectors.

Interface/Analysis Software - Data Logger & Logger pro (Vernier) and DataStudio (PASCO)

Advanced Solid State - Siemens X-Ray Diffractometer D5000 and VEECO Nanoscope III Atomic Force/Scanning Tunneling Microscope/



C. Slezak, S. Kehrein, Th. Pruschke, M. Jarrell, Semi-Analytical Solution of the Kondo Model in a Magnetic Field, Phys. Rev. B 67, 184408 (2003).

Th.A. Maier, M. Jarrell, A. Macridin, and C. Slezak, Kinetic Energy Driven Pairing in the Cuprates , Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 027005 (2004).

C. Slezak, A. Macridin, G. A. Sawatzky, M. Jarrell, T. A. Maier, Spectral Properties of Holstein and Breathing Polarons, Phys. Rev. B 73, 205122 (2006).

C. Slezak, M. Jarrell, Th. Maier and J. Deisz, Multi-scale Extensions to Quantum Cluster Methods for Strongly Correlated Electron,J. Phys.:Condensed Matter 21, 435604 (2009).

C. Slezak, K.M. Koenig, R.J. Endorf and G.A. Braun, Investigating the Effectiveness of the Tutorials in Introductory Physics in Multiple Instructional Settings, Phys. Rev. ST Physics Ed. Research 7, 020116 (2011)


Student Advising and Committees:

  • Masters Thesis Advisor and Thesis Committee Chair
  • John Underwood (M.N.S.) - Do Learning Logs Have An Impact On The Conceptual Mastery Of Force And Motion?

    Jacqueline Barker (M.N.S.) - The Effect of Instructional Methodologies on Student Achievement Modeling Instruction vs. Traditional Instruction

    Blake Orgeron (M.N.S.) - Focus Question Effect on Dynamic Thinking in a Concept Map

    Michael Shawn Liner (M.N.S.) - Spatial Ability and Achievement in High School Physics

  • Masters Thesis Committee Member
  • Rebecca Branton, Laurie Font, Amanda Vargo, Mary Feighery


    Synergistic Activities:

    Physical Science by Inquiry - Program director of a residential three week professional development program for physics teachers grades K-12 in physics education at Hillsdale College.

    LONI Institute -A collaboration of multi-disciplinary researchers among sites in Louisiana. I contribute a distance learning course offered on a regular basis in Condensed Matter Physics.

    PIRE Collaboration: Graduate Education and Research in Petascale Many Body Methods for Complex Correlated Systems - I provide a course in Solid State to this international partnership of research Universities.

    Louisiana Math and Science Teacher Institute - Course design and instruction for the physics content and pedagogy components.

    Development of Curricular Materials - Comprehensive set of course materials for an advanced undergraduate or introductory graduate course in solid state physics.

    Public Outreach - Continually contribute to local science fairs, Science Olympiads, and science demonstrations.

    Learning Assistant Program - Constituted a department-wide program aimed at involving advanced physics students in facilitating small-group interaction in first year introductory physics courses.


    Invited Seminars:

    A Comprehensive Cognitive Approach to Science Teacher Training, January 2012, MSP Learning Network Conference, Washington D.C.

    Science Education: Past, Present and Solutions - April 2010, Colloquium, Hillsdale College

    Challenges and Rewards of Implementing Physics Education Research-based Reform - May 2009, Special Colloquium, Louisiana State University

    Impressions of first year challenges and rewards - teaching at a small college - August 2007, Group Meeting, University of Cincinnati

    Semi-Analytical Solution of the Kondo Model in a Magnetic Field - June 2002, Lehrstuhlseminar, Universität Augsburg, Germany