Paul W. Irving

Paul W. Irving

Assistant Professor
Physics Education
Biomedical-Physical Sciences Bldg.
567 Wilson Rd., Room 1310D
(517) 884-5174


2011: Ph.D. in Physics Education, Dublin Institue of Technology
2005: B.S. in Physics, Dublin Institute of Technology

Selected Publications

Becoming a physicist: The roles of research, mindsets, and milestones in upper-division student perceptions, Paul W. Irving and Eleanor C. Sayre, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 11, 020120 [2015]

Transitions in students’ epistemic framing along two axes, Paul W. Irving, Mathew Sandy Martinuk, and Eleanor C. Sayre, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 9, 010111 [2013]

Professional Activities & Interests / Biographical Information

Paul Irving joined the MSU Department of Physics and Astronomy in May 2014 as a Research Associate in Dr. Danny Caballero's Physics Education Research Lab. In August 2016, he became a fixed-term Assistant Professor. He is also associated with MSU's CREATE for STEM Institute (

He is currently part of a curriculum development project focused on redeveloping an introductory physics course to be more focused on the authentic practices of physics.