Campus: CSU, Long Beach -- March 14, 2001
State Long Beach Physics Professor
Named Carnegie Scholar for 2001-2002
Patrick Kenealy, professor of physics at California
State University, Long Each, has been named a 2001-02
Carnegie Scholar by The Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship
of Teaching and Learning (CASTL).
It is the fourth class of Carnegie Scholars, who's
scholarships are sustained by the Pew National Fellowship
Program which supports the work of distinguished faculty
contributing to an emerging scholarship of teaching and
learning. There are 30 members in the present class.
Kenealy, a Long Beach resident, joined CSULB in 1988 with a
joint appointment in the Physics and Science Education
departments following a 21-year career at Wayne State
University in Michigan.
He learned about the Carnegie Scholars when Susan Nummendal,
a psychology professor at CSULB, held a session to inform
colleagues of the available opportunity following her stint
as a Carnegie Scholar.
In October, Kenealy submitted to CASTL his proposal titled
"Similarities between Science Learning and Adult
Second-Language Acquisition: Research on Students'
Articulation/Communication Strategies in Introductory
The project proposed is about an experimental and
theory-building consideration of whether the scholarship of
teaching and learning in adult second language acquisition
has meaningful connections to learning introductory physics
and physical science.
Recently, he received word that he and his proposal had been
selected. The focus of his project will be on the teaching
and learning of introductory physics and physical science at
the level of college general education, where students seek
some understanding of the scientific enterprise or
"I'm looking to see if the learning of physics is a lot like
learning a second language. I think there are a lot of
similarities," said Kenealy. "So, I want to look at studies
on second language learning acquisition in adults and talk
to those individuals and see if there is going to be any
cross talk between learning physics and learning a second
"I've been toying with the idea for 20 years. I've made
proposals before, but have tweaked it over the years to
where it is now," the physics professor said. "I am very
excited about having the opportunity to study it
As part of the proposal's acceptance, Kenealy receives a
small stipend, travel expenses and some release time. For
him, though, the most important part is the opportunity to
interact with fellow scholars.
"The Carneige Foundation brings together 30-40 individuals
of which three or four of them are foreign language
teachers," said Kenealy, "They bring us together and have us
help each other out during two weeks in the summer over the
next two years. Those two weeks are structured and designed
so that you get interdisciplinary faculty exchanging