Tom Colbert

Assistant Chair

Tom Colbert

Assistant Chair

Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

College of Science and Mathematics
Department of Chemistry and Physics

Other Duties

Program Director, Chemistry and Physics

Bio

Teaches introductory physics and upper level physics courses. Experience in Atomic Molecular and Optical physics. Physics education. Numerous projects with students and have worked on national digital physics library content.

Education

  • Ph.D., Physics Lehigh University, 1990

  • MS, Physics Lehigh University, 1987

  • BA, Physics Kenyon College, 1985

Awards & Honors

  • Governor's Teaching Fellow Institute of Higher Education UGA, 2003

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • PHYS 1111L

    Intro to Physics I Lab
  • PHYS 2211

    Principles of Physics I
  • PHYS 4990

    Undergrad Research
  • PHYS 1111

    Introductory Physics I
  • PHYS 4010

    Advanced Laboratory
  • PHYS 2212

    Principles of Physics II

Teaching Interests

Introductory Physics, Electricity and Magnetism, Optics, and Advanced Physics Lab.

Scholarship

Selected Recent Publications

  • Worksheets For Exploration PHYSLETS, 2013
    Other
  • Effects of nonuniform reflective boundaries and line competition on radiation trapping, 1993
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Radiative lifetimes, collisional mixing, and quenching of the cesium 5DJ levels, 1992
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Radiation trapping in the far wings of the foreign-gas broadened potassium resonance lines, 1991
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Radiation trapping under conditions of low to moderate line-center optical depth, 1990
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

Undergraduate research projects. Educational demonstration development. Optics and various.

Department Service

  • Mentor of new lecturer 2016 - Present

    Role: Faculty Mentor
  • Mentor Physics Club 2016 - Present

    Role: Mentor
  • Oral Exam Management 2016 - Present

    Role: Faculty Advisor
  • Annual Fall Science Show 2016 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Dept. Tutor Center 2016 - Present

    Role: Other

College Service

  • Honors Program Committee 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Honors Thesis Committees 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Chair
  • Cosm Exec committee member 2016 - 2017

    Role: Committee Member
  • COSM Executive Committee Member 2015 - 2016

    Role: Committee Member
  • Honors Thesis Committee 2015 - 2016

    Role: Committee Chair

University Service

  • Academic Success Center Advisory 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • BAITUR committee 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • LASER radiation safety committee 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • BAITUR Committee 2015 - 2016

    Role: Committee Chair
  • Honors Program Committee Member 2015 - 2016

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • Public 2015 - 2015

    Role: Reviewer, Book
  • Advanced Placement physics problem - 2013

    Role: Reviewer
  • Advanced Placement physics exam - 2012

    Role: Other
  • Augusta Physics Activities and Community of Teachers (APHACT) 2011 - 2012

    Role: Other
  • National Science Foundation, Transforming Undergraduate Education in the Sciences (TUES) - 2010

    Role: Reviewer

Public Service

  • Science Show 2016 - Present

    Role: Chair
  • Demonstration to Cub Scouts 2016 - 2016

    Role: Program Coordinator
  • Fall 2015 science show hosted by chemistry and physics 2015 - 2015

    Role: Other