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 1010

    Fund of Physics: Selected Top.: How Things Work
  • PHYS 1111L

    Intro to Physics I Lab
  • PHYS 1111

    Introductory Physics I
  • PHYS 4010

    Advanced Laboratory

Teaching Interests

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

Scholarship

Selected Recent Publications

  • Worksheets for PHYSLETS Explorations, 3rd edition, 2018
    Study Guide
  • 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

Research Interests

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

Department Service

  • Lecturer Search Committee Chair 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Chair
  • Admin/New Science Bldg--update 2019 2017 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Admin/Prerequisite curriculum changes physics--updates spring 2019 2017 - Present

    Role: Committee Chair
  • Administer/Manage Senior Physics Presentation 2017 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Service/Mentor Physics Club --update spring 2019 2016 - Present

    Role: Mentor

College Service

  • CoSM Executive Committee Meeting--spring 2019 update 2017 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Honors Thesis Committees--revised for spring 2019 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
  • LASER radiation safety committee--spring 2019 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Chair
  • Honors Program Committee Member--Spring 2019 update 2015 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • BAITUR committee--update spring2018 2016 - 2018

    Role: Committee Member
  • BAITUR Committee 2015 - 2016

    Role: Committee Chair

Professional Service

  • Sapling Learning 2018 - Present

    Role: Reviewer
  • 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

Public Service

  • Service Public Science Show-update spring 2018 2016 - Present

    Role: Chair
  • Burke County Girls Demonstrations 2019 - 2019

    Role: Workshop Organizer
  • Service/Stevens Creek STEM demonstrations Year 2--update spring 2018 2018 - 2018

    Role: Chair
  • Service/River Ridge Elementary STEM night -spring 2018 update 2017 - 2018

    Role: Chair
  • Service/Burke County Girls Demo's-update spring 2018 2017 - 2017

    Role: Chair