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J. Caleb Speirs, Ph.D.

Assistant Lecturer of Physics


Peter and Cecile Morgane Hall 007
Biddeford Campus
On campus
Eligible for Student Opportunities



Ph.D. Physics
University of Maine
M.S. Applied Physics
Colorado School of Mines


Selected publications

J. Caleb Speirs, "New Methodologies for Examining and Supporting Student Reasoning in Physics", Ph.D. Dissertaion, University of Maine, 2019

Speirs et al, "Probing Student Ability to Construct Reasoning Chains: A New Methodology", Proceedings of the Physics Education Research Conference, 2016, Sacramento, CA. DOI: 10.1119/

J. C. Speirs, "Extended source geometries for multiphoton microscopy : removing the scattering ambiguity", M.S. Thesis, Colorado School of Mines, 2012

E. E. Hoover et. al., “Eliminating the scattering ambiguity in multifocal, multimodal, multiphoton imaging systems,” J. Biophotonics, vol. 5, no. 5–6, pp. 425–436, May 2012. DOI: 10.1002/jbio.201100139


Research interests

Optical systems with biomedical/biological applications

Thinking and reasoning in the context of physics

Curriculum development

Research topics

Logic and Rationality
K-12 Education
Science Pedagogy
Competency-based Learning
Community Development

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