Matthew Guthrie

Assistant Professor in Residence

Department of Physics

    Since starting my position at UConn in 2022, I have fallen into three main areas of responsibility here:

    1. I teach introductory physics, ranging from the most basic level (PHYS 1010 – Conceptual physics for non-science majors), to more advanced treatments (PHYS 1501/02 – Calculus-based physics for engineering and science majors). I am also actively involved in the revision and development of the curriculum for the recently redesigned Studio facilities in Gant Plaza.
    2. My research critically analyzes educational practices in physics, focusing on in-person group work, online learning environments, and their effects on student outcomes. My goal is to develop and evaluate strategies that promote engagement and equity in physics education. Additionally, I have been exploring the educational benefits of the Lagrangian formulation in classical and relativistic physics.
    3. I am leading the modernization of UConn’s planetarium (built in 1955) and observatory (built in 1979) facilities, integrating technology like a new projector and computerized telescope control hardware.

    Outside of my academic work, I spend my time cooking, renovating my house, or sleeping.

    The link below leads to a PDF of my formal CV.

    Feel free to email me any time if you want to chat.


  • Ph.D., Physics, University of Texas, 2018
  • B.Sc., Physics, Michigan Technological University, 2011


  • 2022-present: Assistant Professor in Residence, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut
  • 2020-2022: Adjunct Professor, Three Rivers College, University of Central Florida, University of Connecticut
  • 2018-2020: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Central Florida
  • 2014-2018: Assistant Instructor, University of Texas
Contact Information
Mailing Address196A Auditorium Road, Unit 3046, Storrs, CT 06269
Office LocationS110