Dr. Emily Alicea-Muñoz

Name: Dr. Emily Alicea-Muñoz
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Position: Academic Professional
Office: Howey C-201
Email: ealicea [AT] gatech.edu

Curriculum Vitae
(last updated February 2024)

Dr. Alicea has a B.S. in Physics from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, an M.S. in Astronomy & Astrophysics from Penn State, and a Ph.D. in Physics with a doctoral minor in Higher Education from Georgia Tech. Before coming to Georgia Tech, she worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center where she studied cosmological black hole mergers.

Dr. Alicea’s main research focuses on the professional development of physics graduate teaching assistants (GTAs). This has encompassed the development of a comprehensive preparation program for first-time physics GTAs and a thorough program assessment, and in the near future will also include refresher workshops for experienced GTAs. She is also interested in holistic assessment of teaching effectiveness, the development of expert-like problem-solving skills in introductory physics students, introductory astronomy education, and methods of informal education/outreach.

Dr. Alicea is a native of Puerto Rico, who gets cold as soon as the temperature dips below 70°F (21°C). She’s a migraineur and a breast cancer survivor, and lives in Atlanta with her husband John Wise (whom she married at the Arecibo Observatory). Their cat, Ditto, passed away in 2022.



  • CETL 8000 PH1: Physics GTA Preparation
  • PHIL 6000: Responsible Conduct of Research
  • PHYS 2211: Intro Physics I (recorded lectures, Fall 2022, requires GT login)
  • PHYS 2212: Intro Physics II (recorded lectures, Spring 2023, requires GT login)
  • PHYS 8002: Seminar and Responsible Conduct of Research

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