Zides’ teaching in Physics includes courses in Classical Mechanics, Optics, and Electrodynamics. He has recently developed a new Astrophysics course. Zides has significant interest and involvement in interdisciplinary teaching at Wofford. In 2002, he was one of the Co-PIs on Wofford’s National Science Foundation grant, Seeing the Big Picture: Linking the Sciences and the Humanities, which brought interdisciplinary learning communities to the College. As a part of the NSF grant, Zides co-taught learning communities with colleagues from the English, Philosophy, and Theater Departments on topics ranging from Science on Stage to the Nature of Potential Global Catastrophes.
After the completion of the NSF grant, Zides continued to create new interdisciplinary physics courses for non-science majors such as Physical Aesthetics (incorporating Art History), the Physics of Superheroes (incorporating Comic Book Pop-Culture) and Physics-Lit. (incorporating English Literature).
In addition to fulfilling Wofford’s liberal arts mission, these interdisciplinary courses have all involved significant community outreach, including to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Spartanburg and the Children’s Reading Room of the Spartanburg County Library. Zides has disseminated these interdisciplinary projects at numerous conferences, including MAA Mathfest, SENCER, ACLU, AIS (Association of Interdisciplinary Studies), SLSA (Society of Literature Science and the Arts) and CAA (College Art Association). His work “Physical Aesthetics: An Introductory Physics Course Through Metaphor” was published in the October 2015 issue of MIT Journal Leonardo.