Professor and Director of UWG Observatory

Biography

Dr. Bob Powell is Professor of Physics and Director of the University of West Georgia Observatory. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree (1963) in physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his Master of Science (1965) and Ph. D. Degrees (1967) from Clemson University. He has taught at West Georgia since September, 1967. He served as Acting Chair of the Department of Physics in 1983-1984 and 1994-1995 and as Chair in 2005-2014. He has directed student projects in solid state physics and in astronomy. He also works extensively with area pre-college teachers and in-service teaches. He has received grants from the Georgia Department of Energy Resources and the Eisenhower Program from 1987-1997, and the Math Science Partnership Program of the Georgia Department of Education (2007-2016) to offer professional development for those teachers. He has served as president of the Georgia Academy of Science and as president of the Southern Atlantic Coastal Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers twice. He has been active at the national level in the American Association of Physics Teachers. He and area teachers have participated in the Telescopes in Education Program at the Mt. Wilson Observatory. From 1996-2005, he was the West Georgia Coordinator for the Post-Secondary Readiness Enrichment Program (PREP), to provide assistance in area schools and in a West Georgia summer program (Project STARRR) to students in at-risk situations. He serves as the faculty advisor of the Phi Kappa Chapter of the Chi Omega Sorority. For this service, the has been recognized as the campus student organization advisor of the year in 2002 and 2004, and 2011. Other honors include the following:

  1. Fellow, Georgia Academy of Science (elected in April, 1979)
  2. Distinguished Professor Award, presented by West Georgia College Alumni Association in 1981 (presented in recognition of contributions to profession, community, and West Georgia College)
  3. Honors Professor of the Year, 2007-2008
  4. Homer L. Dodge Distinguished Service Citation conferred by the American Association of Physics Teachers in July, 2013  See http://www.aapt.org/aboutaapt/BPowell_DSC_pr20130417.cfm
  5. Honorary member of the University of West Georgia Alumni Association, April 2015                                                            http://www.alumni.westga.edu/s/1639/index.aspx?sid=1639&gid=2&pgid=540
  6. Dr. Melanie McClellan Distinguished Service Award, April 2017
  7. Recognition of 50 Years of Service Trophy given by University of West Georgia on May 5, 2017
  8. Fellow of the American Association of Physics Teachers, July, 2017

His hobbies include genealogy and studying Civil War history.

  • Courses Taught
  • Course Sections and Syllabi

    Fall 2017 Sections

    • PHYS-4984 (Physics Seminar) Section: 01W

    Spring 2017 Sections

    • PHYS-4984 (Physics Seminar) Section: 01W

    Fall 2016 Sections

    • PHYS-4984 (Physics Seminar) Section: 01W

    Spring 2016 Sections

    • PHYS-4984 (Physics Seminar) Section: 01W

    Fall 2015 Sections

    • PHYS-4984 (Physics Seminar) Section: 01W

    Spring 2015 Sections

    • PHYS-2211 (Principles of Physics I) Section: 02

    Fall 2013 Sections

    • PHYS-1111L (Lab for Phys 1111) Section: 01
    • PHYS-1111L (Lab for Phys 1111) Section: 03
    • PHYS-1112L (Lab for PHYS 1112) Section: 02
    • XIDS-2001 (WDYRK: The Physical Universe) Section: 01
    • PHYS-2211L (Lab for PHYS 2211) Section: 01
    • PHYS-2211L (Lab for PHYS 2211) Section: 02
    • PHYS-2211L (Lab for PHYS 2211) Section: 03
    • PHYS-2212L (Lab for PHYS 2212) Section: 01
    • PHYS-2212L (Lab for PHYS 2212) Section: 02
    • ASTR-2313L (Astronomy Laboratory) Section: L2R
    • ASTR-2313L (Astronomy Laboratory) Section: LCR
    • ASTR-2313L (Astronomy Laboratory) Section: 01
    • ASTR-2313L (Astronomy Laboratory) Section: 02
    • ASTR-2313L (Astronomy Laboratory) Section: 03
    • ASTR-2313L (Astronomy Laboratory) Section: 05
    • ASTR-2313L (Astronomy Laboratory) Section: 06
    • ASTR-2313L (Astronomy Laboratory) Section: 07
    • ASTR-2313L (Astronomy Laboratory) Section: 08
    • ASTR-2313L (Astronomy Laboratory) Section: 09
    • PHYS-4984 (Physics Seminar) Section: 01W

    Spring 2013 Sections

    • PHYS-1112L (Lab for PHYS 1112) Section: 01
    • PHYS-1112L (Lab for PHYS 1112) Section: 02
    • PHYS-2211L (Lab for PHYS 2211) Section: 01
    • PHYS-2212L (Lab for PHYS 2212) Section: 01
    • PHYS-2212L (Lab for PHYS 2212) Section: 02
    • ASTR-2313L (Astronomy Laboratory) Section: 01
    • ASTR-2313L (Astronomy Laboratory) Section: 02
    • ASTR-2313L (Astronomy Laboratory) Section: 03
    • ASTR-2313L (Astronomy Laboratory) Section: 04
    • ASTR-2313L (Astronomy Laboratory) Section: 10
    • ASTR-2313L (Astronomy Laboratory) Section: 11
    • PHYS-4203 (Adv Gen Physics for Teachers) Section: 01W
    • PHYS-4984 (Physics Seminar) Section: 01W