Sam Houston State University (SHSU), located in Huntsville, Texas, is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the state, with a 138-year history dating back to its 1879 charter for the training of teachers toward enhancement of the public education. Today, SHSU boasts an enrollment of more than 21,000 students, of which approximately 85% are undergraduates. We are one of the most rapidly growing public institutions in Texas, with undergraduate enrollment up by around 30% over the last decade. We are also one of the most diverse institutions in the state, with 45% (September 2016) of undergraduate enrollment drawn from underrepresented ethnic groups, and students hailing from more than 50 countries. These demographics break down approximately as 19% African American, 22% Hispanic, and 4% Native American, Asian or Pacific Islander. We are a destination school for African American students in the region, realizing a graduation rate above 50%, as recognized by the Education Trust of Washington, D.C. (March 2017, Andrew Nichols). Our retention rate is around 80%, with similar numbers for African-American, Hispanic, and Caucasian students. Almost 60% of the undergraduate student body is female, and more than 50% are first-generation college students. SHSU is designated as a Title 3 school by the U.S. Department of Education, with approximately 60% of students Pell grant eligible (low income). We primarily serve students drawn from geographically proximal communities, many of whom come to us from nearby Houston, Texas, or from the rural areas of East Central Texas. Our campus, located on the Houston-Dallas Interstate 45 corridor, is lively and full of character and history, with a vast majority of students living in residence or otherwise within the city of Huntsville

A tremendous advantage of working at a smaller department is the variety of teaching opportunities which are available. I have had the privilege of instructing nine unique upper division undergraduate courses (including a majority of the core curriculum), in addition to a very broad selection of lower division physics courses, and introductory astronomy.

Upper Division Undergraduate Courses Instructed:

  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Optics
  • Math Methods for Physicists
  • Special Topics: Particle Theory
  • Special Topics: General Relativity
  • Special Topics: Cosmology
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