Dr. David Richards
Professor, Physics; Department Head
- 570.320.2400 ext. 7494
- LEC, Rm.B2091
- Ph.D., Instructional Systems - The Pennsylvania State University, 2010
- M.S., Physics - University of Alabama, 1992
- B.S., Physics - Mary Washington College, 1989
- Principal Investigator for National Science Foundation S-STEM Grant - $616,000 award for student scholarships, 2014
- The American Association of Physics Teachers - Central Pennsylvania Section Distinguished Service Award, 2008
- Excellence in Teaching Award - Pennsylvania College of Technology, 2007
- Instructional Technology Grant, $18,500 award - Pennsylvania College of Technology, 2006
- Featured Alumnus of the Year - University of Mary Washington Physics Department, 2006
- The Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology Award, 2005
- Nominated for The Boyer International Award for Excellence in College Teaching and Learning, 2005
- Summer Research Fellow - University of Rochester: NSF Science and Technology Center for Photoinduced Charge Transfer, 1998
- Thompson Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching - Judson College, 1995
- General Physics I, II, and III
- College Physics I and II
- Physics Survey
- Introductory Physics for Health Sciences
- Physics with Technological Applications
- Scientific Investigations
- Science of Spaceflight
- Introduction to Astronomy
I have been teaching at Penn College since the fall of 1995, where I am currently a full Professor and senior member o fthe physics department.
I have a B.S. in physics from the University of Mary Washington, a M.S. in physics from the University of Alabama, and a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems at Penn State University.
I have been an active member of the American Association of Physics Teachers since 1997. I was appointed to serve on the American Association of Physics Teacher's Committee on Research in Physics Education (National Appointment 2003-2006) and was on the executive board (2002-2006) of the Central Pennsylvania Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers, serving as President of this section from 2005-2006.
Over the past two decades, I have been involved with several National Science Foundation (NSF) projects. The first was at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. I spent a summer developing an introductory course on aerospace technology. In addition to developing this course, I worked in NASA's contact dynamics simulation systems laboratory. I have also spent time at both the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Kennedy Space Center through NSF's Chautauqua programs for college science teachers. I was awarded a second NSF summer fellowship with the Science and Technology Center for Photo-induced Charge Transfer through the University of Rochester's Chemistry and Electrical Engineering departments. My research focused on the electrical properties of silicon nanocrystals. Recently, I was awarded a $616,000 National Science Foundation grant to provide student scholarships to academically talented students with financial need.