B.S. Georgetown College in Physics, Math, and Philosophy
M.S., Ph.D. Virginia Commonwealth University in Chemical Physics
Dr. Jonathan Dickinson is an associate professor of physics at Georgetown College with which he has a lifetime of connections. His father, Dr. Bartlett Dickinson, was a professor of physics at Georgetown College when Jonathan was born. Between morning Montessori and afternoon kindergarten, he ate lunch with his father on campus and attended the weekly co-curricular events in the chapel. His childhood memories include shows in the planetarium, gazing at the Foucault pendulum, playing in the halls of the Asher Science Center, and performing in the Lab Theater as part of the Georgetown College Childrenâ€™s Theater. Upon the conclusion of his five years as a student of Georgetown College, Jonathan received a BA in philosophy and a BS in physics and mathematics. During a seven-year hiatus from Georgetown College, Jonathan completed an MS in applied physics and a PhD in chemical physics at Virginia Commonwealth University and married Dr. Jenna Ross, also a Georgetown College alumnus. Now in his ninth year as a professor at Georgetown College, Jonathanâ€™s primary focus is teaching and mentoring students. The majority of his teaching load is introductory level courses including both semesters of College Physics and an integrated physical science course for pre-service teachers. Each summer he teaches the astronomy module of the collegeâ€™s PAEMS camp (Pre-collegiate Academic Experience in Mathematics and Science) to science oriented high school students. His involvement with two Science Teacher Alliances has provided him with opportunities to better understand and help improve K-12 public school science education. Jonathan acknowledges that he is a bit verbose.