Phone: 406-994-6625
Fax: 406-994-4452
EPS Room 225, MSU, Bozeman, 59717-3840, MT

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Selected Honors, Awards, and Public Outreach/Service:

  • James and Mary Ross Provost’s Award for Excellence, 2005
  • President's Excellence in Teaching Award, 2001
  • Alumni Excellence Award, 2008, 2002, 2001, and 1995
  • Anna Fridley Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1998
  • College of Letters and Science Outstanding Teaching Award, 1997
  • College of Education Influential Educator Award, 2005 and 2001
  • Mortar Board Professor of the Month, 2010, 2002 and 1996

Biographical Sketch:

  • B.S. Physics, 1980 Brigham Young University
  • Ph.D. Physics, 1987 Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Greg Francis is first and foremost a teacher. As an undergraduate at Brigham Young University he taught recitation sections normally reserved for graduate students. Later as a graduate student studying plasma physics at MIT he regularly found opportunities to teach classes normally reserved for research faculty. After finishing his doctorate in 1987 he served as a postdoctoral fellow at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. Although his day job gave him the opportunity to work with world-class scientists on exciting problems, he found that he really preferred his night job, teaching physics classes at the local community college. In 1990, Greg joined the Physics Education Research Group at the University of Washington-Seattle, learning the “science” of effective physics teaching. Since 1992 Greg has continued to experiment with active learning approaches in large introductory classes at Montana State University where he is currently Professor of Physics.

Selected Publications:

  • Larry D. Kirkpatrick and Gregory E. Francis, Physics: A Conceptual World View, 7th Edition, (Brooks/Cole, 2010) 
  • Larry D. Kirkpatrick and Gregory E. Francis, Problem Solving to Accompany Physics: A Conceptual World View, 7th Edition, (Brooks/Cole, 2010) 
  • Larry D. Kirkpatrick and Gregory E. Francis, Instructor’s Resource Manual to Accompany Physics: A Conceptual World View, 7th Edition, (Brooks/Cole, 2010) 
  • Larry D. Kirkpatrick and Gregory E. Francis, Test Bank to Accompany Physics: A Conceptual World View, 7th Edition, 1800 questions (Brooks/Cole, 2010) 
  • Lillian C. McDermott, Peter S. Shaffer, and the Physics Education Group, Tutorials in Introductory Physics, First Edition, (Prentice Hall, New Jersey, 2002) 
  • Lillian C. McDermott and the Physics Education Group, Physics by Inquiry, Volumes I & II, (Wiley, New York, 1995) 
  • G. E. Francis, J. P. Adams, and E. J. Noonan, “Do They Stay Fixed,” The Physics Teacher 36, 488 (1998) 
  • G. E. Francis, “Effectiveness of Tutorials in Introductory Physics,” Proceedings of the International Conference on Undergraduate Physics Education, College Park, Maryland, 31 July - 3 August, 1996

Selected Talks:

  • “Do They Stay Fixed?,” 2004 AAPT Summer Meeting, Sacramento, California, August 1-5, 2004. 
  • “Inquiry Learning: Does It Work and Do They Like It? ” Conference of the Pacific Northwest Association of College Physics, University of Washington - Seattle, Seattle, Washington, March 30 - 31, 2001. 
  • “Using Inquiry to Teach a Large Introductory Physics Course, ” Meeting of the NW Section of the AAPT, Oregon State University, Eugene, Oregon, May 19, 2000. 
  • “Is a good lecture better than no lecture at all?, ” College of Sciences and Humanities, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, October 22, 1999. 
  • “Tutorials in Introductory Physics: Do They Work?” 1999 AAPT Summer Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, August 2-6, 1999. 
  • “Conceptual Learning: It's Not Just for Breakfast Anymore,” Second Annual Conference on Reforming Undergraduate Science and Mathematics Education, Bismarck, North Dakota, May 12, 1999.

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Classes being taught by Dr. Francis this semester are listed below.

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