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Jill M. Randall Tenny

Ms. Tenny teaches introductory physics in a studio setting following the internationally recognized and research supported modeling method.  In the classroom, her goal is to foster critical thinking and problem solving skills, including analyzing scenarios, making reasonable assumptions, and finding solutions to problems.  She also strives to help her students see connections between what is covered in the classroom and their everyday experiences.  She co-advises the Chemistry Club and is a professional physics tutor in the Student Academic Support Center.  Ms. Tenny is a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers and the American Modeling Teachers Association.  When not on campus, Ms. Tenny enjoys anything to do with music, reading fiction, outdoor adventures, traveling around the US and the rest of the world, and flipping houses with her husband.


M.S., Space Sciences with an Astrophysics concentration

Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL


B.A., Physics with Mathematics minor

College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN



40 hour Introductory Physics Modeling Workshop- 2011




100 hour Introductory Physics Modeling Graduate course- 2015

Arizona State University




Physics Education

Physics Modeling

Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences (IPLS)

Physics Education Research (PER)


Research Interests

Research interests include Physics Modeling, Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences (IPLS), Physics Education Research (PER), Environmental Physics, Astrophysics, Astronomy, and Space Science

Other Scholarly Activity

J. Tenny, et al., "Utilizing the Motion Analysis Lab to Incorporate Biological Applications into Introductory Physics," Gordon Research Conference: The Complex Intersection of Biology and Physics, South Hadley, MA, Poster Presentation, June 8-13, 2014 

J. Randall (Tenny), et al., “Early Exposure to Major Physics Topics: Introductory Physics Re-Ordered,” American Association of Physics Teachers Winter Meeting, Poster Presentation, January 5-10, 2013


Jill Tenny

Jill M. Randall Tenny



Assistant Lecturer, Physics

Biddeford Campus

Morgane Hall

(207) 602-2040

On Campus
Teaching Online