Faculty & Staff

Our faculty and staff are committed to excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement. With 15 tenure track faculty, multiple adjunct professors, and an outstanding support staff, our department offers a broad range of research topics while still being small enough to provide each student, undergraduate or graduate, personal attention and guidance.

Name Position Contact Website
Christer Akouala
Visiting Assistant Professor
(828) 262-7119
Garwood Hall 351
Patricia E. Allen
Professor
(828) 262-2989
Garwood Hall 219
Fran├žois Amet
Assistant Professor
(828) 262-6181
Garwood Hall 315
Pamela R. Aycock
The Physics Teacher Editorial Associate
(828) 262-7497
Garwood Hall 221
Michael Briley
Professor
(828) 262-2343
Garwood Hall 233
Jennifer L. Burris
Department Chair
Professor
(828) 262-4956
Garwood Hall 233
Anthony G. Calamai
Cain Distinguished Professorship in Science Education in the College of Arts & Sciences
Professor
(828) 262-2440
Garwood Hall 227
Dr. Daniel B. Caton, Ph.D.
Director of Observatories
Professor
(828) 262-2446
Garwood Hall 321
J. Sid Clements
Assistant Graduate Program Coordinator
Professor
(828) 262-2447
Garwood Hall 225
John E. Cockman
Lecturer
(828) 262-6173
Garwood Hall 127B
Tonya S. Coffey
Professor
(828) 262-2437
Garwood Hall 327
Walter C. Connolly
Professor Emeritus
(828) 262-3090
Garwood Hall 329
Andrew J. Graham
Deceased
Richard O. Gray
F.R.A.S.
Professor
(828) 262-2430
Garwood Hall 311
Dana H. Green
Arts & Sciences Machine Shop Supervisor
(828) 262-2444
Garwood Hall 135
R. Lee Hawkins
Observatory Engineer
(828) 262-7331
Garwood Hall 320/322
Brooke C. Hester
Associate Professor
(828) 262-6550
Garwood Hall 213
Johnny R. Hollandsworth
Visiting Instructor
(828) 262-6835
Michael D. Hughes
Arts & Sciences Electronics Technician
(828) 262-2267
Garwood Hall 342
Daniel Ingram
(828) 262-4996
Garwood Hall 242
Brad G. Johnson
Graduate Program Director
Senior Lecturer
(828) 262-7318
Garwood Hall 229
Ben Madison
Visiting Lecturer
(828) 262-7813
Garwood Hall 369
Karl C. Mamola
Professor Emeritus
Courtney McGahee
Assistant Professor
(828) 262-2047
Garwood Hall 317
Angela T. Owen
Office Manager
(828) 262-3090
Garwood Hall 231
Joseph T. Pollock
Professor, retired
(828) 262-2433
Garwood Hall 319
Carla S. Ramsdell
Advanced Lecturer
(828) 262-2998
Garwood Hall 123
Thomas L. Rokoske
Professor Emeritus
(828) 262-7499
Garwood Hall 253
Phillip Russell
Professor Emeritus
James P. Sherman
Professor
(828) 262-2438
Garwood Hall 325
Leah B. Sherman
Director of Undergraduate Laboratories
(828) 262-7089
Garwood Hall 219
David Sitar
Astronomy Laboratory Instructor
Rankin "Go To" Astronomy Facility Director
Astronomy Outreach Coordinator
(828) 262-2463
Garwood Hall 127A
Rachel L. Smith
Associate Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Appalachian State University
(919) 707-8239
Christopher S. Thaxton
Professor
(828) 262-6836
Garwood Hall 223
Scott A. Thomas
Laboratory Manager
Lecturer
(828) 262-2435
Garwood Hall 165