Peter Hoekje - Physics
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
Dr. Hoekje has a B.S. and Ph.D. from CWRU, studying physics of musical instruments.
He was a Peace Corps volunteer 1989-1990 in Kingdom of Tonga, in the South Pacific. He has served on the faculty of Northern Illinois University (1991), University of Northern Iowa (1991-1998), and B-W (1998-present).
What have you learned while teaching at B-W?:
That every student is smart, in their own way.
What inspired you to get into college teaching?:
I really like being around when a student says, “Wow, I get it! That’s cool!” (It also was an easy way to get someone to pay me to do two of the things I love, teaching and studying musical instruments.)
Describe the ways in which you mentor students interested in your department:
Mostly, I spend a lot of time working with students, both in class and out of class.
If you weren't teaching what would you be doing?:
Making musical instruments.
What do students like best about your class?:
All my classes incorporate hands-on or experiential learning, because it’s fun and makes learning the abstract concepts much easier. There is always a project where students apply the course material to something directly relevant to themselves. I believe students appreciate these aspects, but they also mention my enthusiasm and the time I spend with them individually.