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Meet Our Department!

The faculty and staff of the Physics and Astronomy Department are here to help guide you toward success! Our faculty support a wide array of research areas, and teach using active learning techniques across the curriculum.

Beth Ellen Clark Joseph

Professor, Physics and Astronomy
Specialty: Astronomy, Planetary Science, Asteroids, Spectroscopy, Photometry

Colleen Countryman

Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy
Specialty: Physics Education Research, Development and Assessment of Smartphone Apps and Simulations, Active Learning Techniques, Educational Technologies, Instructional Videos, Introductory Physics for Life Sci

Jerome Fung

Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy
Specialty: Soft condensed matter/Optics

Luke Keller

Professor, Physics and Astronomy
Specialty: Astrophysics, spectroscopy, art-science connections and collaborations, natural science general education

Eric Leibensperger

Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy
Specialty: Environmental Physics, Climate Change, Air Quality

Matthew Price

Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy
Specialty: Physics and Astronomy Education, Small Ground-Based Telescope Observations

Kelley Sullivan

Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy
Specialty: Fluorescence Microscopy And Physics Education

Matthew C. Sullivan

Dana Professor and Chair, Physics and Astronomy
Specialty: Solid State Physics and Pedagogical Physics

Cheryl Smith

Administrative Assistant, Environmental Studies and Science
Specialty: Environmental Studies and Sciences and Physics and Astronomy Department

Jennifer Mellott

Physics Equipment and Lab Coordinator, Physics and Astronomy