George H. Watson

1984, Ph.D Physics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE.
(Adviser: William B. Daniels)
Raman Scattering from Solid and Fluid Helium at High Pressure
1977, B.S. Physics, Lafayette College, Easton, PA.
Magna Cum Laude, Honors in Physics, Phi Beta Kappa
(Adviser: David L. Hogenboom)
Senior Thesis: Compressibility of Carbon Tetrachloride

Academic and Professional Positions:
College of Arts and Sciences, University of Delaware
2010- Dean
2009-10 Interim Dean
2008-09 Deputy Dean
2005-09 Sr. Associate Dean, Natural Sciences and Mathematics
2001-05 Associate Dean, Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, University of Delaware
2001-12 Unidel Professor
1998- Professor
1998-99 Associate Chair
1993-98 Associate Professor
1987-93 Assistant Professor
AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ
1985-87 Postdoctoral Member of Technical Staff (Adviser: Paul A. Fleury)
Physics Dept., Univ. of Delaware
1984-85 Postdoctoral Fellow (Adviser: William B. Daniels)
1981-83 Lecturer

Visiting Positions:
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Univ. of Pennsylvania
1997 Visiting Scholar - sabbatical (Sponsor: Arjun Yodh)
NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA.
1991 NASA/ASEE Summer Faculty Fellow, Flight Electronics Division (Sponsor: Norman P. Barnes)

Honors and Awards:
2007 Profesor Honorario, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (UDaily)
2001 UD Innovation Award for Problem-Based Learning Clearinghouse, with ten team members
2000 Outstanding Teacher in the College of Arts and Science
2000 Fellow in the Center for Advanced Study, University of Delaware
1999 Theodore M. Hesburgh Certificate of Excellence for Faculty Development to Enhance Undergraduate Teaching and Learning (awarded to the University of Delaware for Problem-Based Learning and the Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education).
1998 Delaware Professor of the Year, awarded by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; local articles in the Update and the Review.

Research Activities:
Condensed matter experimental physics, including cw and picosecond laser spectroscopy: optically-disordered random media; photon localization; photonic band structure measurements, particularly in colloidal crystals; Raman spectroscopy; laser ultrasonics of composites. (Publications and Conference Abstracts, NSF DMR Grants: 91-13618, 95-10460, 99-74353)

Teaching Activities:
In the past I have taught a wide variety of introductory physics courses: calculus-based electricity and magnetism, modern and solid state physics, and electronics and instrumentation for scientists. Currently I am exploring web-based delivery of instructional materials for development of science and technology literacy among non-science majors (SCEN103) and curriculum reform of engineering physics courses (PHYS208 and (PHYS245). I am also actively involved with UD's Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education (NSF DUE grant 96-53663), which promotes reform of undergraduate education through faculty development and course design, incorporating active learning strategies and effective use of instructional technology. NSF DUE grant 00-89408 has recently supported development of problem-based learning curricula for introductory physics. ALO/USAID funding has also recently supported a project on science education reform in Peru through PBL. Currently I am PI of the Delaware GK-12 Project funded by NSF DGE grant 0538555. (Teaching Presentations and Conference Abstracts)

Spring 1998 PHYS208 Fundamentals of Physics II
Spring 2000 SCEN103 Science Concepts behind High Technology (Honors Colloquium)
Spring 2005 PHYS245 Intro. to Electricity and Electronics

Last updated 10 October 2012.
Copyright George Watson, Univ. of Delaware, 1999.