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With vision and courage, Cowley College instructors create innovative environments where students can receive a quality education.

We have over 50 full-time instructors and around 200 part-time instructors. With an average class size of 17 students, the instructors at Cowley College take a personal interest in the success of each and every student.   Slade Griffiths
Vice President of Academic Affairs

Slade Griffiths
"It is gratifying to nurture the synergy between faculty and students to create a dynamic learning environment. Our faculty is comprised of gifted individuals who are discipline-specific experts that amaze me with their diligence, knowledge, and care. I fully believe that both students and faculty alike must be engaged in the classroom. Together, both can elevate student success and enable a significant difference in the future." read profile

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Martin Shaffer
Physical Science, Engineering Physics Instructor
Martin Shaffer

“I have always been a student of science because I wanted to know how things work.  I enjoy sharing my knowledge and enthusiasm for science with students.”

Martin Shaffer has been at Cowley College since August 2011 as an instructor.

Shaffer grew up on a farm in Southwestern Oklahoma and attended school at Sentinel High School.

He earned a BS in Science Education at University of Oklahoma and a MS in Physical Science at Emporia State University. His published master's thesis was titled "The Experimentally Determined Average Flux Rate of Cosmic Ray Muons Near Topeka, Kansas." He taught high school physics and chemistry at Seaman High School in Topeka, KS, for 15 years before coming to Cowley.

Shaffer has been able to do research at Fermi National Laboratory near Chicago for several years and continues to study cosmic ray detection using a detector currently running at the classroom. He has worked on projects at Fermilab, including the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Mu2e and Colossal. He is currently a fellow for Quarknet Cosmic Ray E-lab group and does testing and training for cosmic ray researchers.

His favorite quote is, "A mind is not a container to be filled, but a fire to be lit."

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