The Astronomical Society of the Pacific Survey of College Astronomy Instructors

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Astronomy Teaching Network, ASP, 390 Ashton Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112.

Your name:_______________________________________________________

Mailing address at which you prefer to get teaching-related mail:

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This is a home address________ work address________ .

Daytime telephone:____________________________

Electronic mail address:__________________________________________

Institution (if not given above):______________________________________________

Address:

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This is a public ____ private ____ two-year ____ four-year ____ college.

1. Are you a full-time instructor____ part time____ at how many colleges____ ?.

2. How many astronomy classes do you teach per semester/quarter?________.

3. What other subjects besides astronomy do you teach?________________________

4. Field of your highest degree?________________

5. What degree?________________________

6. How many other people teach some astronomy at your college?________

7. Check which of the following facilities you have on your campus:

a.________ an observatory (with its own dome and at least one working telescope)

b.________ a planetarium

c.________ a room which is used & equipped solely or primarily as an astronomy lab

d.________ a room with computer stations equipped with astronomy software

e.________ an amateur astronomy club which meets regularly on campus

8. Tell us about your introductory (general education) astronomy course:

a)____ one semester/quarter b)____ two semesters/quarters c)____ no lab d)____ with a separate required lab e)____ with a separate optional lab

9. Number of students per semester/quarter in sections YOU teach ________

10. Textbook(s) you use:____________________________________________________________

11. Lab manual you use:____________________________________________________________

12 What other courses in astronomy do you offer besides the basic introductory course?:

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13. Do you offer any astronomy courses using what is being called distance learning (over the internet, through video, by mail, etc.)?

__No __Yes (if so, please describe briefly:__________________________________________________

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Do you have:

14. Access to the World Wide Web: ____Yes ____No (I wish I did) ____No (and that's OK)

If yes, is access ____at home ____at the college

15. A budget for astronomy purchases ____Yes (rough amount $____________ ) ____ No

16. A realistic opportunity to receive funding if you want to attend a conference on teaching astronomy

____ Yes ____No

17. What is your proudest accomplishment related to your astronomy teaching?

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18. What is the one thing you wish you had (other than a full-time grader) to help your astronomy teaching?

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19. How could a network of college astronomy instructors be of help to you?

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